Research Progress of Regional Spatial Structure Under the Perspective of Space of Flow
Wang Yao;Niu Xinyi;Song Xiaodong;
Based on the review of recent literatures of regional spatial structure studies in the perspective of space of flow, this paper finds most researches focused on four areas: measurement of regional centrality, identification of polycentric spatial structure in functional perspective, delimitation of traditional hinterland and network hinterland, as well as the verification of central place theory, network theory and gravity model. The studies in these four areas are all closely related to the evolution of the types of flow and their measurement methods. Different types of data of flow play important roles in the study of regional spatial structure. Big data especially such as mobile phone signaling data, internet data and mobile phone call record data can better reflect the interactions between the regional city spaces. The emerging big data provides new opportunities for the research of regional spatial structure in the perspective of space of flow. Results reported in this paper indicate three future research directions: flow analysis of logistics data, integration of big data and traditional data, further understanding of the different flow types and its applicability.