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Institutional changes, land use dynamics, and the transition of rural settlements in suburban China: A case study of Huishan District in Wuxi city
Chen, Cheng1; Gao, Jinlong1,2; Chen, Jianglong1
2017-12-01
Source PublicationHABITAT INTERNATIONAL
ISSN0197-3975
Volume70Pages:24-33
Corresponding AuthorGao, Jinlong(jlgao@niglas.ac.cn)
AbstractThe significant impacts of restructuring on the transition and land use dynamics of rural settlements in China has long been a subject of academic inquiry. We applied a conceptual framework encompassing relations between institutional changes, actors' behaviors, and land use changes to investigate the dynamic trajectories and institutional mechanisms of rural land use in Huishan, a suburban district located in eastern China. We argue that by reshaping local actors' behaviors, institutional changes and national strategies have significantly influenced the transition of China's rural settlements. Over a period of about two decades, rural settlements in Huishan underwent expansion followed by shrinkage in recent years, which has resulted in a gradual decrease in the total scale of land use. A parallel trend of rural economic diversification has prompted a shift in the previously residential land-based structure of land use toward a more diversified structure mainly entailing residential and industrial land. However, with the macroeconomic downturn and the return of migrant laborers to their home regions, rural hollowing and the reluctance of local actors to consolidate residential land may pose severe future challenges for these settlements. In conclusion, we suggest that appropriate regulatory policies for rural settlements in transition that incorporate key requirements such as increasing employment and rehabilitating derelict rural construction land are required.
KeywordRural settlements Rural transition Land use dynamics Institutional change Local actors Suburban China
DOI10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.09.011
WOS KeywordYANGTZE-RIVER DELTA ; ECONOMIC TRANSITION ; RAPID URBANIZATION ; DRIVING FORCES ; EXPANSION ; POLICY ; INDUSTRIALIZATION ; GOVERNANCE ; EVOLUTION ; MIGRATION
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41771193] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41701193] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41571169]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Public Administration ; Urban Studies
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Studies ; Planning & Development ; Urban Studies
WOS IDWOS:000418310600003
PublisherPERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
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Cited Times:5[WOS]   [WOS Record]     [Related Records in WOS]
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/56787
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorGao, Jinlong
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Nanjing Inst Geog & Limnol, Key Lab Watershed Geog Sci, 73 East Beijing Rd, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resource Res, 11A Datun Rd, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Chen, Cheng,Gao, Jinlong,Chen, Jianglong. Institutional changes, land use dynamics, and the transition of rural settlements in suburban China: A case study of Huishan District in Wuxi city[J]. HABITAT INTERNATIONAL,2017,70:24-33.
APA Chen, Cheng,Gao, Jinlong,&Chen, Jianglong.(2017).Institutional changes, land use dynamics, and the transition of rural settlements in suburban China: A case study of Huishan District in Wuxi city.HABITAT INTERNATIONAL,70,24-33.
MLA Chen, Cheng,et al."Institutional changes, land use dynamics, and the transition of rural settlements in suburban China: A case study of Huishan District in Wuxi city".HABITAT INTERNATIONAL 70(2017):24-33.
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