SRUC

Rural areas make up 98% of the land mass of Scotland and 17% of the population. There is great diversity in these rural areas, from communities close to cities experiencing population growth to remote communities which have long experienced depopulation and youth out-migration.

Microbusinesses and self-employment dominate many rural economies. Persistent challenges exist in terms of access to affordable housing, rural poverty, and inadequate and expensive transport provision. New opportunities and challenges are emerging as a result of EU exit and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rural economies and communities resources

For a list of recent publications please click on the headlines below.

Find out more about our services

Research services

Our work addresses health and productivity in animals, animal welfare and crops, promotes low carbon farming and increases farm output through efficiency and innovation.

Read more

Vet & laboratory services

Our leading experts provide support to clients in areas animal disease, diagnosis and surveillance.

Read more

SAC Consulting

Our consultants in 25 offices across Scotland and northern England turn research into advice and advantage for business and public sector alike.

Read more