Rural Exchange

Welcome to Rural Exchange

The Rural Exchange provides an exciting new platform for people living and working across Scotland's rural and island communities to have their voices heard in both research and policy-making and to access pertinent research reports and data.

Within the Strategic Research Programme, Theme E focuses on Rural Futures and it consists of 6 research projects across Scotland's Rural College and the James Hutton InstituteOur Rural Exchange provides a new interface between SRUC's research on Scottish Government priority topics relating to: (1) Rural Economy; (2) Rural Communities; and (3) Land Reform.  

The Rural Exchange acts as a knowledge exchange hub for a number of projects funded by the Scottish Government's 2022-2027 Strategic Research Programme for the environment, natural resources and agriculture

The 'Novel Insights on Scotland’s Rural and Island Economies (NISRIE)' project is focused on providing insights on rural and island economies whilst the Reimagined policy futures: Shaping sustainable, inclusive and just rural and island communities in Scotland (ReRIC) focuses on persistent challenges faced by rural communities.  Related projects are also being conducted by colleagues at the James Hutton Institute through their Scotland's Rural and Island's Future Project

The Scottish Land Insights project is examining various aspects of land ownership and land management to inform ongoing land reform policy decisions.  Related research is also ongoing within the James Hutton Institute through their Scotland's Land Reform Futures project.

Through the Rural Exchange the research team at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) would like to hear from you about key issues affecting your everyday lives as households and businesses, what is working  well in your community, and what could be improved.

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Our Projects

NISRIE

This Novel Insights on Scotland’s Rural and Island Economies (NISRIE) project is funded within the Rural Futures Theme of the Scottish Government's 2022-27 Strategic Research Programme on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

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Scottish Land Insights

At SRUC we run several pieces of research about land use and changes to these usages, including in the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme.

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ReRIC

This Reimagined policy futures: Shaping sustainable, inclusive and just rural and island communities in Scotland (ReRIC) project is funded through the Rural Futures Theme of the Scottish Government's 2022-27 Strategic Research Programme on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

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Rural Lens

Applying a rural lens to policy means considering the specific needs, challenges, and opportunities of rural communities when designing and implementing policies. It involves taking into account the unique characteristics and contexts of rural areas, such as lower population densities, limited access to services, and different economic structures to promote the long term sustainability and prosperity of rural areas.

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NEWS & BLOG

Latest articles and reports

Barriers to Childcare in Rural Areas

Limited availability and rising costs are pricing families out. Our research reveals a deeper impact on rural and island communities' socioeconomic fabric.

Rural and Island Communities: Places of Opportunity

Despite facing challenges such as unaffordable housing and unreliable transport, rural and island communities offer immense opportunities. Share your insights about rural futures in our short survey.

SRUC at the RHS 2024: Impressions on the Land Reform Panel

SRUC’s Professor Andrew Barnes took part in a panel discussion on the Land Reform Bill at this year’s Royal Highland Show. Here he shares his reflections from the discussion.


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