GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2019, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (12): 3010-3024.doi: 10.11821/dlyj020190362

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Analysis of urban network structure of the economic zone on the West Coast of the Taiwan Strait: A study through the lens of functional networks and innovation cooperation networks

MA Yan1, XUE Feng1, SUN Wei2,3(), LI Miaoyi1   

  1. 1. School of Architecture and Urban-Rural Planning, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350100, China
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    3. College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2019-05-08 Revised:2019-09-05 Online:2019-12-20 Published:2019-12-25
  • Contact: SUN Wei


Globalization and informatization have promoted the complication of urban network. Inter-city relations are constantly being reconstructed, and often need to be fully expressed through various factors. However, the study of urban network characteristics in the past tends to focus on the structure of urban network from a single perspective, and less considering of the direction of connections. So, to some extent, it is lack of disclosure of its complexity. Based on the inter-city mobility data and co-patent data, the study characterizes the urban network structure of the economic zone on the West Coast of the Taiwan Straits from the perspective of functional networks and innovation networks. The results show that: (1) The region has formed the multi-level pattern, and the provincial capital and sub-provincial cities (Fuzhou and Xiamen) constitute the first class of centrality. The important prefecture-level cities (Quanzhou, Wenzhou, and Zhangzhou) constitute the second class of centrality, the general node cities (Zhangzhou, Shantou, etc.) constitute the third class of centrality. (2) Among the cities with high centrality, Xiamen, Fuzhou and Wenzhou have significant spillover effects on other cities, and regional small and medium-sized cities are main beneficiaries. (3) The rank of cities in the two types of networks is generally similar, and several cities such as Zhangzhou and Longyan are in poor consistency. (4) Inter-city innovation cooperation relationship is weak and uneven, and the regional functional network is characterized by "overall balanced and partially imbalanced".

Key words: megacity regions, city network, urban centrality, urban symmetry, people flows