Strategic Research Programme

3.4.2: Place-based policy and implications for policy and service delivery

Research Deliverable 3.4.2 on place-based policy and service delivery in rural Scotland involves Jane Atterton (RD lead), Elliot Meador and Rob McMorran from SRUC and Margaret Currie, Jonathan Hopkins and Andrew Copus from the James Hutton Institute.

This project entails exploring the reasons why economic performance and social outcomes – such as life satisfaction and civic engagement – differ across Scotland’s rural areas and small towns. It will offer perspectives on ways in which policies and services can be better shaped to more effectively tackle economic and social differences between places and foster positive outcomes for people everywhere.

For more information about this work, please email Jane Atterton ( in the first instance. You can also download a 2-page brochure about the project here.

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