Published Tuesday, 9th April 2019 in Research news
An SRUC researcher has been speaking about the “rural-urban divide” at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Dr Jane Atterton, manager of the Rural Policy Centre, was invited to take part in a debate by the Council’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.
The Council of Europe has 47 member states, 28 of which are EU members, and this year is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Its work focuses on human rights, freedom of assembly, equality and democracy.
In addition to the discussion on the rural-urban divide, Dr Atterton’s session included a debate on ‘mayors under pressure’ and an update on recent local elections in Slovenia where the Council has recently conducted a ‘mission’. Also present at the session were 47 Youth Delegates from Council member states, including Huw Sherrard from Clackmannanshire – Scotland’s first UK Delegate.
Dr Atterton’s presentation built on research being undertaken in the current Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme, particularly on demographic change and place-based policy.
She said: “Receiving an invitation to speak at the Council of Europe was a great honour. Hearing from representatives of local and regional authorities about the diversity of rural regions across the Council’s member states was fascinating. I was fortunate to be invited to a reception organised by the Finnish delegation after my session – Finland currently holds the Presidency of the Council – and it was clear how keen delegates were to share information and experiences.”
Hear more about the issues that Dr Atterton talked about during the debate:
A report that Dr Atterton and Professor Sarah Skerratt wrote for the Council of Europe in 2017 on ‘A Better Future for Europe’s Rural Regions’ can be found here.
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