Escape to the country

A new project will look at how urban migration is impacting rural communities

A new project will look at how urban migration is impacting rural communities

A shift to hybrid working practices following the coronavirus pandemic has led to some people swapping city living for country life.

Now an international project will explore the scale, and pros and cons, of these urban migration flows into rural, island and coastal communities across the globe.

The project, by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and The James Hutton Institute, will look at how increased migration to rural and island areas offers opportunities for the future sustainability of these communities. It will also look at the challenges they faced in adapting to a period of rapid change.

The project, which has been awarded nearly £20,000 by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, will bring together researchers from across the world, including in Japan and Turkey, to share evidence and identify emerging policy and practice.

Lead researcher Jane Atterton, Manager and Policy Researcher at SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre, said: “There is increasing evidence from different countries that the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a new wave of urban migrants in search of rural, island or coastal living, motivated by access to open space and dispersed populations, and facilitated by a shift to hybrid working practices and improved digital connectivity.

“This project aims to build a strong, collaborative and sustainable international research network to understand these new migration patterns and their implications.”

Outputs from the project will be shared on SRUC’s Rural Exchange web portal which was set up last year to gather and host large-scale citizen science information.

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Posted by SRUC on 07/02/2023

Tags: Funding and Grants, Rural Policy Centre
Categories: Research