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2012: Rural Scotland in Focus Report

RSIF Cover 2012

This report is the second in the Rural Scotland in Focus series and aimed to provide a fast-track to evidence, commentary on key themes, and an extensive compendium of resources.
The 2012 report set out the economic, social and demographic characteristics of rural Scotland, how these were changing and the implications of these changes for policy and practice. Topics covered in the report include:

  • How have Scotland’s rural population, economy and environment changed since the 2010 report?
  • Towns and rural Scotland: vibrant or vulnerable?
  • What is the role of the private sector in the resilience of rural Scotland?
  • The third sector and civil society in rural Scotland: present and future?
  • Next generation broadband in rural Scotland: mobilising, meeting and anticipating demand.
  • What are the implications for rural Scotland of a low carbon future
The evidence and commentary was aimed at stimulating debate around securing thriving communities, a strong economy and a sustainable environment for rural Scotland, now and in the future. At the launch of the report - in Edinburgh on Monday May 28th 2012  the debate was kicked off with an 'SAC Rural Question Time' chaired by writer, broadcaster and commentator Lesley Riddoch and featuring five high profile panelists with expertise and influence in the rural sector. The panelists were:
  • Donald Macrae (Chief Economist Lloyds Banking Group Scotland)
  • Dr Joan Mitchell (Farmer, Chair of SNH's Scientific Advisory Committe and former Chair of the Southern Uplands Partnership)
  • Chris Savage (Estate Factor at Cassillis Estate, Ayrshire)
  • Professor Mark Shucksmith (Professor of Planning at Newcastle University and Chair of the Scottish Government's Committee of Inquiry into Crofting, 2007-08)
  • Andy Wightman (Independent writer and researcher)

Download the Report

2012: Rural Scotland in Focus

2010: Rural Scotland in Focus

For a paper copy of the report please contact the authors using the details 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


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