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2016: Rural Scotland in Focus Report

The Rural Policy Centre launched its Rural Scotland in Focus 2016 Report on Tuesday 29 November 2016 at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh to nearly 100 people.

Attendees were welcomed by Professor Alistair Stott, Interim Vice Principal Research at SRUC and then the authors presented key messages from their sections.

Graeme Dey MSP, Convener of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee and Edward Mountain MSP, Convener of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee then offered their responses to the report.

This is the fourth report in the biennial series, and it provides up-to-date evidence and commentary on key topics of rural and national importance, in order to inform policy, practice and research.

The Report has three main sections:

  • Section 1, which focuses on changing land management in the agriculture, estates and forestry sectors (written by Steven Thomson, Dr Rob McMorran and Professor Davy McCracken).
  • Section 2 focuses on reviewing evidence about the characteristics of rural Scotland’s economies beyond the land-based sector and highlights where there are gaps in our evidence (written by Dr Jane Atterton).
  • Section 3 reviews community empowerment policies from 1999-2016, and discusses the need for data to underpin on-going assessments of whether, where and how these policies deliver (written by Professor Sarah Skerratt).

Several documents are available to download below including the summary brochure, the full report and the individual sections. Use the hashtag #RSiF2016 to follow the discussion (@RuralPolicySRUC).

Full list of RSiF 2016 downloads

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