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.

  • The first output from this project was produced in summer 2017 and is a working paper titled 'Place-based policy approaches and rural Scotland', and you can find the report available to download here.
  • The second output published in Autumn 2017 is a working paper titled 'Implications for rural areas of the Christie Commission’s report on the future delivery of public services', written by Dr Margaret Currie of the James Hutton Institute. This paper can be downloaded here.

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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