Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2021, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (3): 419-429.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2021.03.011

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Research Status and Future Trends of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development in China: Visual Analysis based on CiteSpace

ZHANG Quan*(), BAI Dongmei, PENG Xiaoxue   

  1. School of Architecture and Art, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230601, China
  • Received:2020-11-05 Accepted:2021-03-05 Online:2021-05-30 Published:2021-07-30
  • Contact: ZHANG Quan
  • Supported by:
    The National Natural Science Foundation of China(41601581);The Science Technology Plan Project for Construction Industry of Anhui Province(2011YF-32)


As an important foundation for promoting social progress and economic development, natural resources play an important role in the sustainable development of cities. However, the increasing demand of human beings for natural resources has led to various ecological environmental problems, such as excessive population density, serious environmental pollution, the continuous decline of total natural resources and per capita resources, all of which have hindered sustainable development. Therefore, the study of natural resources and sustainable development has become the focus of many current scholars. In this paper, CiteSpace is used as an analysis tool to analyze the literature on natural resources and sustainable development over the past 20 years. First of all, this paper deeply analyzes the research status of this field in terms of academic research trends, authors and research institutions, co-occurrence of keywords, etc., and on this basis, it then deeply analyzes its evolutionary path and research hot spots in the past 20 years through keyword emergence. Finally, according to the visualization of the analysis results, the future development trends of this research field are speculated: (1) Grasp the current research focus; (2) Improve the research accuracy; (3) Enrich the theoretical system of research; and (4) Establish an interdisciplinary research system.

Key words: CiteSpace, natural resources, quantitative analysis, research trends, sustainable development