Vol14 No.12: 2540-2554
【Title】Productive functional evolution of rural settlements: analysis of livelihood strategy and land use transition in eastern China
【Author】ZHANG Bai-lin1; JIANG Guang-hui2; CAI Wei-min1*; SUN Pi-ling3; ZHANG Feng-rong3
【Addresses】1 School of Management, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387, China; 2 School of Resources Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China; 3 School of Resource and Environmental Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
【Citation】Zhang BL, Jiang GH, Cai WM, et al. (2017)Productive functional evolution of rural settlements: analysis of livelihood strategy and land use transition in eastern China. Journal of Mountain Science 14(12). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-016-4042-z
【Abstract】In China, rural settlements are usually multifunctional complex of natural societies and they also play important productive function. This study explored the spatiotemporal evolution of the productive function of three rural settlements，i.e., Hetaoyuan, Dawengshan, and Gaoqiao, in the Yimeng Mountain in Shandong province of eastern China. Residents lived in this three types of rural settlements were all involved in agricultural production (i.e., grain threshing, drying and storage), which had remained dominant in Hetaoyuan. Dawengshan became an industrial-oriented settlement, while Gaoqiao became a commercial-oriented settlement. This evolution was reflected in the livelihood strategy changes of rural households and the transition of rural settlements changes. The choice of livelihood strategy was affected by the livelihood assets and policies, which resulted in the spatiotemporal evolution of the productive function of rural settlements. This study can provide references for the implementation and adjustment of rural residential land consolidation policies and the improvement of production and the quality of rural life in future.
【Keywords】Rural settlements; Productive function; Spatiotemporal evolution; Livelihood strategy; Land use transition; Eastern China