Does Geography Matter in Human Development?



Human development encompasses the measurement, analysis, and interpretation by the practitioners of the different branches of socio-economic sciences in their own styles. All these scientific approaches contribute enormously to the policymaking processes of the states. The measurements and explanations of human development have been witnessing a steady shift from tacitly economic to liberal societal customization. Similarly, the human geography has been evolving through a series of well-recognized and charted phases, with evident regional groundings, and is presently linked to larger socio-economic dimensions which have corroborated the scope of human geography to take human development into its academic dialogue. The spatial concerns of human development have a larger implication in linking the parameters of human development to the spatial planning and policy framework; however, still, it is undermined in the domain of socio-economic sciences. The present chapter focuses on elucidating the role of geography, more specifically, the location, space, and spatial interactions of social and economic parameters in driving the pattern of human development on the globe.


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  1. 1.Department of GeographyDr. Meghnad Saha CollegeItaharIndia
  2. 2.Department of GeographyPresidency UniversityKolkataIndia

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