Advances in Earth Science ›› 2018, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (9): 969-982. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2018.09.0969

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Bibliometric Analysis of Sustainable Livelihoods Research in China

Chenjia Zhang 1, 3( ), Yiping Fang 1, 4, *( ), Xiujuan Chen 2, 3   

  1. 1.Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041,China
    2.Chengdu Library and Information Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China
    3.University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    4.University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, College of Resources and Environment, Beijing 100190, China
  • Received:2018-07-09 Revised:2018-08-16 Online:2018-10-20 Published:2018-10-24
  • Contact: Yiping Fang;
  • About author:

    First author:Zhang Chenjia(1990-), female, Lanzhou City, Gansu Province, Ph.D student. Research areas include industrial development in mountainous areas and sustainable development.

  • Supported by:
    Foundation item:Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China-The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development Joint Research Project "Cascading adaptation of rural livelihood to changing environment in the Koshi River Basin"(No.41661144038).

Chenjia Zhang, Yiping Fang, Xiujuan Chen. Bibliometric Analysis of Sustainable Livelihoods Research in China[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2018, 33(9): 969-982.

The Sustainable Livelihoods (SLs) is a significant subject and concept within the sustainable development research and it also has the potential to deal with the fundamental challenge in terms of inequalities between inter-generation and intra-generation, now and in the future. This paper adopted bibliometrics to conduct the quantitative analysis of the development, hot topics, and collaboration network in terms of SLs researches. Moreover, the analyzed parameters included publication output, distribution of publications by authors and organizations, subject classification of publication, etc. Some 809 papers were analyzed on various aspects of publication, and the results show that publication output has increased promptly over the past two decades; however, the cooperation network among different organizations and authors on the topic of SLs has not been closely linked. The hot topics of SLs involve three categories, which are ①theoretical research in terms of sustainable livelihoods; ②the research on livelihood strategy (problem-orientated); ③the research of ecological vulnerability. It is important for Chinese scholars to continue the future SLs researches in accordance with the strategy of target poverty alleviation and rural revitalization. Additionally, it is also vital to broaden the theoretical horizons by transitioning from the research on agricultural economy to the exploration of relationship of SLs-ecological environment, SLs-biodiversity, SLs-climate change and adaptation, SLs-human capital development, etc.; to strengthen the academic cooperation and exchanges; to innovate research approach; to improve both quantity and quality of research output for the purpose of providing long-term and scientific decision for the decision makers.

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