Rural Policy Centre
Our Rural Policy Centre is a knowledge hub for rural Scotland. We engage and collaborate with researchers, businesses and communities to exchange ideas, share experiences and contribute evidence-based research to rural policy in Scotland.
Check out our latest research briefing, policy spotlights, and podcast episodes:
- Policy spotlight: Common grazings in the age of 'conditionality'
- Podcast episode: The World of Crofting and Common Grazings
- Research briefing: “It’s all about money, the environment is secondary”: a case study of public perceptions of the Scottish planning system
- Policy spotlight: From yuck to yum: unlocking the potential of edible insects
- Podcast episode: Learning more about edible insects
- Research brief: Local Perspectives on Climate Resilience in Malawi
- Policy spotlight: Precision Livestock Farming Technologies for Pig Welfare
Click on our resources page for more outputs.
Rural policy resources
We examine the impact of policies on rural businesses and communities to provide knowledge for future policy development. Our research briefings and policy summaries share valuable and straightforward insights on the big issues affecting rural lives.
Rural policy projects
We aim to inform the development of future policies by gathering evidence and sharing knowledge. Our research projects focus on a range of issues of importance to the sustainability and resilience of Scotland's rural and island communities and businesses.
Rural policy events
We organise virtual and in-person events to discuss rural topics, highlight rural policy issues and facilitate connections amongst stakeholders. We welcome any collaborations and suggestions for future events.
Contact the Rural Policy Centre
The Rural Policy Centre is a knowledge hub for rural Scotland. We engage with rural communities as well as consultants, educators and researchers across SRUC to harness the latest rural knowledge.
Rural Brexit Hub
Our Rural Brexit Hub has information on all the Brexit-related activities taking place across SRUC.
Have your say
The Rural Policy Centre is Secretariat for the Cross-party group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy, which on a quarterly basis.
Cross-party groups include MSPs from across the Scottish Parliament and are open for everyone to attend that lives, works or has an interest in rural Scotland and beyond.
We’d love it if you could join us at a meeting to have your say on the issues affecting you.
Connect with us
Through our work we aim to improve the quantity and quality of evidence and expand upon the knowledge base about rural Scotland. The work we do informs the development of future policies by raising the profile of issues affecting our rural communities.
Meet the team
Get to know our friendly rural policy specialists and find out how to contact us.
Find out more about our services
Have a look at our latest news articles to find out more about our research activities and impact across the globe.
You can access our research outputs, learn more about our research team, see our current and past research projects and much more on SRUC Pure.