Rural Policy Centre

The Rural Policy Centre was established in November 2007 to be a leading authority on the impact of current and future policies on rural businesses and communities.

The Centre operates as a focus for research in rural policy, informing and contributing to policy debates through conducting research projects, issuing regular briefings based on relevant research and recent policy developments and organising high profile events.

The Centre's work covers a broad range of different issues, including CAP Reform, agricultural innovation and productivity, animal welfare, climate change and low carbon, food and drink and community development.

Find out more about the Centre and its work via the sections below.

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Helping a Changing World

Key issues affecting Scottish communities in six broad themes. Review our key facts and understand the issues better via our web links to 60+ further sources of information.

Rural Scotland in Focus

Rural Scotland in Focus 2014

The 2014 Report takes you to the heart of key rural issues including poverty, housing need, the experiences of young people and the need for integrated spatial planning.

Cross-Party Group

Cross party group

The purpose of the Cross-Party Group on Rural Policy is to inform MSPs and the wider Scottish Parliament about issues relating to rural policies and policy-making in Scotland.

Our Publications

Window of opportunity

Research Reports, Research Briefings and Policy Briefings organised into five themes: Thriving Communities; Health and Wellbeing; Food Matters; Changing Environment; Support to Agriculture. 

Our Projects

The Rural Policy Centre conducts a wide range of project work on all aspects of rural and agricultural policy issues.

Our Blog


Take part in discussions on a range of policy issues; from fuel prices to neonicotinoids; Rural Scotland in Focus a year on to the GM food debate.

About Us

RPC Highland Show

We operate as a focus for research in rural policy, contributing to policy debates, issuing regular briefings and organising high profile events.

Out and About

RPC Out and About

RPC staff and associates regularly present at conferences, attend events and give seminars in the UK and beyond.