Social science key research base among ordinary of China
Northwest Institute of Historical Environment and Socio-Economic Development locates in Shaanxi Normal University ,based on the institute of historical geography. There are many professionals and scholars joining in it, and in Mar. 2000 it was established. It’s a new, multi-discipline, comprehensive research organization. It belongs to Humanity and Social Science research base of Ministry of Education.
As the predecessor of  institution of historical geography, It is Chinese first two institutions which established in colleges and directly operated under the Ministry of Education, specializing in historical geography. The famous historical geography professor Shi Nian-Hai, who advocated for Historical Geography research early in the 1950s .Mr. Shi promoted that we should apply what we learn to practical problems, he also established the historical geography research in the history department of Shaanxi Normal University in the early 1960 s. Since Reform and Opening up, historical geography plays an important role in the national economic and cultural construction. In order to meet the needs of the development of the subject and the practical work, the historical geography research office extended to the institute of historical geography in 1986
Based on historical geography  scholars, cooperating with related discipline such as history, geography, environmental science, economics and sociology inside and outside school, Shaanxi Normal University set up Northwest Institute of Historical Environment and Socio-Economic Development in Mar. 2000. Shortly afterwards, in Sep. 2000, it was approved as humanity and social science key research base among ordinary colleges and universities. Then ,historical geography was approved to be key discipline among college and university to the state level in Jan. 2002.
The institute undertake the task concerning the subjects about the geographical environment change and economic society development in northwest region, they also come up with solutions and methods. Meanwhile, we train professionals skilled at research, organize academic exchange, served for government and companies. Otherwise, we promote basic knowledge, and establish information base.
In recent years, the institute take important subjects from National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Social Science Foundation, Philosophy and Social Science of the Ministry of Education, Research on Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education, Shaanxi Province Philosophy and Social Science Planning Project.
The facilities inside the institute are as follows: Shi Nian-hai Historical Geography Research Center, Northwest Economic Social Development Research Center,  Prica Center, Journal Office, Administrative Office, Library, Historical Landscape RS & GIS Lab, Printing House, etc..