Rural Scotland in Focus

The Rural Policy RSiF, series, Rural Scotland in FocusCentre'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 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 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.

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.

We are currently working on the Rural Scotland in Focus 2014 Report which will be launched on Monday June 2nd 2014. Watch this space for more information coming soon!

Dr Jane Atterton

Policy Researcher - Rural Policy Centre

Address: SRUC Edinburgh Campus, King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG

Telephone: 0131 535 4256

Fax: 0131 535 4345