Research on urban spheres of influence based on improved field model in central China

  • Li Wang
  • Yu Deng
  • Shenghe Liu
  • Jianghao Wang


Due to unique advantages in clearly understanding the interrelationship between city and its hinterland, as well as city and city, the study of urban spheres of influence is becoming highlight in regional research. This paper improves traditional field model from two aspects: the composite indicator and regional accessibility, in order to delineate urban spheres of influence more reasonably. Taking three years of central China as a case study, this paper investigates dynamic evolution of urban spheres of influence. Focusing on the evolution of spatial pattern, we abstract five types and its corresponding three stages theoretically. Finally, recommendation of development has been made for each stage. This study undertakes certain exploration in the study of urban spheres of influence from the perspective of theory and practice, hoping to provide some references for the study in this field and other regional research.


field model urban spheres of influence spatial pattern evolution central China 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Li Wang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • Yu Deng
    • 3
    • 4
  • Shenghe Liu
    • 3
  • Jianghao Wang
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Policy and ManagementCASBeijingChina
  2. 2.Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Natural and Social SciencesCASBeijingChina
  3. 3.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchCASBeijingChina
  4. 4.Graduate University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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