The Rural Policy Centre's Rural Scotland in Focus Reports are
biennial Reports intended to provide a fast-track to a range of evidence
and commentary on the key characteristics of rural Scotland, how these
are changing, and the implications of these changes.
The 2010 report covered a broad range of issues, including rural
population and economic trends, the ownership of assets by rural
communities, the impacts of climate change on rural Scotland, water
quality, and farmland and upland biodiversity.
As a direct result of the first Rural Scotland in Focus publication
(2010) the Rural Policy Centre hosted a series of Round Table Debates
on rural policy issues. You can find out more using the navigation box
The 2012 report revisited some of these themes (including
population and economic trends) to explore changes over time, while also
exploring the role of towns in rural Scotland, the importance of the
private and third sectors, the availability of and demand for next
generation broadband, and the implications for rural Scotland of a low
carbon future. Both reports can be downloaded via the links below.
The second edition of the report, Rural Scotland in Focus 2012, was received very well by attendees at its launch on May 28th 2012. Following on from this, SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre was asked to organise a Parliamentary Reception sponsored by Aileen McLeod MSP at the Scottish Parliament on October 31st 2012.
Rural Scotland in Focus 2014 is our latest edition of the Report
and was launched on Monday June 2nd 2014.
This edition of the report covers housing completions and need; population growth or reduction; migration patterns; employment trends; and the ongoing critical importance of broadband.
Additionally there is a focus on young peoples' migration and/or exclusion patterns; whether to stay or to leave the rural communities in which they grew up; and what more needs to be done to support them.
For a copy of the report visit our Rural Scotland in Focus 2014 webpages below.