Jane’s Siberian Adventure

Published Tuesday, 23rd October 2012 in Rural Policy Centre news

Jane Atterton at OECD conference

Dr. Jane Atterton of SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre’s travelled from Edinburgh to Krasnoyarsk in Siberia this month to take part in the OECD’s 8th Rural Development Policy Conference.

Jane gave two presentations and has now been invited to contribute to Rural Working Party meetings the OECD holds in Paris.

In her first presentation Jane first addressed the future development of what is called the OECD’s New Rural Paradigm which sets out the principals guiding rural policy. Her insights were based on work undertaken with Francis Rowe of a rural consultant from ne England. In her second spell at the podium Jane reflected on the recently published research in the second Rural Scotland in Focus report dealing with vulnerability and the index of vulnerability for many Scottish towns, especially those in the south and west. It was work that created a lot of debate. Jane’s third contribution to the event was her co authorship of a paper on rural business and innovation, presented by a colleague from Newcastle University.

Despite its northern setting the conference offered a great chance to exchange and discuss rural policy ideas from across the world with delegates form the US, Canada, Japan, Indonesia and all over Europe. Outside the formal sessions there chances to sample local Siberian food and drink, and join field trips to the ‘Stolby’ Regional State Nature Park, the Krasnoyarsk ski centre and ‘Skad’ - an innovative local business producing alloy wheels!” 

All of the presentations (although not the wheels) will be available shortly on the Rural Policy Centre website via the new ‘Out and About’ section.

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