Rural Scotland in Focus

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.

Rural Scotland in Focus 2010The Reports are produced by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers within SRUC's Land Economy, Environment and Society Research Group, with contributors from a range of other organisations across the UK on specific topics.

The next Rural Scotland in Focus Report will be published on 29th November 2016.

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 below.

RSIF Cover 2012The 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.

RSiF, Rural Scotland in focus, front coverRural 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.

Dr Jane Atterton

Rural Policy Centre Manager and Policy Researcher

Address: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4256

Fax: 0131 535 4345