Rural Scotland in Focus

Rural Scotland in Focus Reports

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 2014

Date for your diary! Rural Scotland in Focus 2016 will be launched on Tuesday 29th November 2016.

Our most recent 2014 report was launched on Monday June 2nd 2014. This edition of the report covered housing, demography and migration issues, the experiences of young people in rural Scotland, rural poverty and disadvantage and the importance of integrated spatial planning in rural areas.

The 2012 report, launched on May 28th 2012, discussed population and economic trends in rural Scotland and also examined 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.

Following the report launch in May was asked to organise a Parliamentary Reception sponsored by Aileen McLeod MSP at the Scottish Parliament on October 31st 2012.

The first report in 2010 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.

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