Meet our new – somewhat familiar – Head of Land Economy and Environment

Published Wednesday, 14th November 2012 in Research news

Sarah Skerratt

Dr Sarah Skerratt has been appointed Head of SRUC’s Land Economy and Environment Research Group. She will also take on the role of Reader in Rural Society with both positions starting on 1st December

Sarah is replacing Dr Alan Renwick who is leaving to take on the role of Chair of Agricultural and Food Economics at University College Dublin.

Sarah says: “I’m really delighted to be the new Head of the Research Group. As a Group, we cover a wide range of pertinent and pressing issues of relevance to the future of rural Scotland’s economy, environment and society. I look forward to working with colleagues to build on our research achievements and engage further with policy – at national and international levels.”

Sarah has been with SRUC for over six years now having worked previously with other research institutes such as Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of Newcastle and the University of Edinburgh.

Specialising in the interface between rural policy and practice, Sarah’s work highlights the disparities between policy intent and outcomes, and between policy vision and the experiences of policy/programme recipients. Her research also focuses on rural leadership and the resilience of local communities.

Professor Geoff Simm, Assistant Principal Research, says: “We are very pleased to welcome Sarah on board as the new Head of the Group. Her vision, breadth of experience, and work on the interface between research and rural policy are particularly relevant at this time.”

Take a look at Sarah's Research Profile.

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