Urbanization, urban land expansion and environmental change in China

Yehua Dennis Wei, Xinyue Ye

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China's economic reforms and unprecedented growth have generated many fascinating issues for scholarly research. An understanding of urbanization and land use change in China is required for appropriate strategies and policies to facilitate future sustainable development. This paper reviews the literature on urbanization, land use and sustainable development in China with a focus on land use change. We argue that land use and environmental research are embedded in the complex economic-geographical processes and multiple trajectories of development and urbanization in China. This paper highlights the important role of space-time modeling in a multi-disciplinary setting in the study of urbanization, land use and sustainable development. It also points out potential areas for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)757-765
Number of pages9
JournalStochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • General Environmental Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry


  • China
  • Land use
  • Space-time modeling
  • Sustainable development
  • Urbanization


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