Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 391

Full Length Research Paper

North west border cities of Iran and regional development: A case of Kurdistan Province

  Mohammad Rahim Rahnama* and Akbar Heydari        
Department of Geography and Urban Planning, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 24 June 2013
  •  Published: 31 July 2013



There are numerous Iranian provinces in the border area and Kurdistan is the most important regional settlement in North West border line of Iran country. In recent years many transformations have occurred in Kurdish society and its population and area has changed from 350000 people in 1860 to 1,589,222 persons in the year of 2013. Regional development in case study region has a special status and has different situation in compare with other provinces of Iran. In order to, the aim of this paper is evaluation of regional development in Kurdish border cities of Iran with emphasize on Kurdistan province. Applied methodology in current research is based on the descriptive-analytical approach, then by TOPSIS model were determined the ranking of counties in any of the development sections. Results showed that Sanandaj ranked in first and Sarv Abad ranked in 10 among 23 Kurdistan cities (10 main cities and 13 minor cities as subset cities). Also after the Islamic revaluation of Iran Kurdish cities in numerous sections take an accelerated process to access sustainable regional development. Finally we presented some solve ways. 


Key words: Regional development, regional inequalities, TOPSIS, Kurdistan, Islamic revolution.