Cross-party group on rural policy

The Rural Policy Centre is providing the Secretariat for the cross-party group in the Scottish Parliament on rural policy.

The purpose of the cross-party group is to inform MSPs and the wider Scottish Parliament about issues relating to rural policies and policy-making in Scotland. See below for more information about the topics and dates for the meetings of the current Secretariat year, as well as details of past meetings held.

During to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions on face to face meetings, the 2020-21 sessions will begin online. Joining instructions will be sent before the meeting.

If you wish to join the mailing list for information about future meetings in 2020-21 please email

Meeting 1 – Scotland’s Climate Assembly (5 October 2021)
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Meeting 2 – Sustainable Rural Tourism in a post-pandemic Scotland (7 December 2021)
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Meeting 3 – Supporting Scotland’s Young Rural Entrepreneurs (8 March 2022)
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Download the slides to Emily Armstrong's story
Download the slides to Rachel Parker's presentation

Edinburgh Agricultural Economics Discussion Circle

The Edinburgh Agricultural Economics Discussion Circle (EAEDC) meets on a monthly basis during the winter to discuss topics of relevance to agriculture and rural development. The group is an informal arena for open discussion of a wide range of topics, and is open to everyone interested in agriculture and rural development. Meetings often focus on discussing a recently completed piece of research or a topical policy issue, and past topics have included CAP reform, Brexit, and agricultural efficiency improvements.

The Group meets on the first Monday of every month at 6pm at Apex Hotel, Haymarket, Edinburgh, and is organised by SRUC's Rural Policy Centre. Light refreshments will be available on arrival. Due to Covid-19 this has been suspended for the moment. 

If you wish to speak at the group, have a suggestion for a topic of discussion, or are simply interested in attending, please email

Islands Webinar Series

Since 2019, the Rural Policy Centre at SRUC has been running a series of webinars on islands. The webinars were designed as a way of bringing together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working in, on or about islands from across the globe to exchange experiences and information.

In particular, they have provided opportunities for Scotland to learn from islands experience and knowledge elsewhere as the Scottish Government has developed its National Islands Plan and associated activities.

You can find information and recordings of our previous webinars on our PURE platform. If you would like to know more or have a suggestion for a topic of discussion please email

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