Jane Atterton

Manager and Policy Researcher
Rural Policy Centre
Land Economy, Environment & Society

Research interests

Jane Atterton joined the Rural Policy Centre (RPC) as a Policy Researcher in June 2010 and she is now the RPC Manager.

Jane's research focuses broadly on rural and regional development issues, with a particular focus on rural economies and businesses, rural policies and the policy-making process, urban-rural interactions and linkages, and demographic change in rural areas. Her research has focused on rural areas of Scotland, England, Europe and Japan. She has undertaken projects for the European Commission, Defra, the Scottish Government and a number of local authorities and enterprise agencies.

Prior to joining the Rural Policy Centre, Jane worked as a Lecturer in Rural Development at the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University and as a Researcher in the Evidence and Analysis Team at The Countryside Agency, Cheltenham.

From 1999-2003, Jane was a Researcher at the Arkleton Centre for Rural Development Research where she also completed her PhD research which explored the geography of business and social networking by business owners in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Selected research projects

  • Place-based policy and its implications for policy and service delivery - Scottish Government RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021 Work Package 3.4 Communities and Wellbeing, Research Deliverable 3.4.2.
  • Demographic change in remote areas - Scottish Government RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021 Work Package 3.4 Communities and Wellbeing, Research Deliverable 3.4.1.
  • Resilience of rural economies to key external drivers - Scottish Government RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021, Work Package 2.4 Rural Industries, Research Deliverable 2.4.1.
  • Rural proofing in the UK - Study undertaken for the Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis on behalf of the Rural Committee of the Swedish Parliament (Summer 2016).
  • The implications of Brexit for rural Scotland – Exploring the implications of Brexit for key agricultural sectors and the wider rural economy and society (working with SRUC/SAC Consulting colleagues).

Selected publications

  • Atterton, J. (2016) Invigorating the New Rural Economy: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in Shucksmith, M. and Brown, D. (Eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies, Routledge: London and New York, pp. 165-180.
  • Steiner, A. and Atterton, J. (2015) Exploring the contribution of rural enterprises to local resilience, Journal of Rural Studies 40, pp. 30-45.
  • Furmankiewicz, M. Kniec, W. And Atterton, J. (2015) Rural Governance in the New EU Member States: The Experience of the Polish LEADER+ Pilot Programme 2004-2008, in Bucek, J. and Ryder, A. (Eds.) Governance in Transition, Springer, Dordrecht. pp. 133-153.
  • Hubbard, C. and Atterton, J. (2014) Unlocking rural innovation in the North East of England: The role of innovation connectors, in (OECD) Innovation and Modernising the Rural Economy, OECD Rural Policy Reviews, OECD Publishing, Paris, pp. 95 – 112.
  • Steiner, A. and Atterton, J. (2014) The contribution of rural businesses to community resilience, Local Economy 29 (3), pp. 228-244.

See all of Jane Atterton's publications.

Jane Atterton

Jane Atterton

Rural Policy Centre Manager and Policy Reseracher

Address: Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG

Telephone: 0131 535 4256

E-mail: jane.atterton@sruc.ac.uk