Rural Exchange

ReRIC

NISRIE logoThis 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 2022-2027 Strategic Research Programme on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.

Scotland’s rural and island communities have experienced a number of persistent challenges over the last few decades which impact negatively on their sustainability and resilience. This project is undertaking in-depth research on three of those challenges:

  1. Access to affordable housing;
  2. Depopulation and out-migration (particularly amongst young people);
  3. Exclusion and marginalisation.

The project aims to provide new insights on how these challenges might effectively addressed, in light of changing policy, political, socio-economic and environmental trends.

The project combines innovative, large-scale citizen science through this Rural Exchange web site to gather information, ideas and commentary, with quantitative analysis of secondary data, in-depth qualitative work with stakeholders and communities, comprehensive policy reviews, international evidence-gathering and horizon-scanning activities. 

Bringing together evidence from multiple sources will ensure that the project generates future-focused learning and evidence-based recommendations for new and re-designed policy tools and interventions to ensure sustainable, inclusive and just futures for Scotland’s rural and island communities.

Further Reading

More within the ReRIC project

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ReRIC Rural Housing Challenges

Housing supply and affordability in rural and island Scotland: ReRIC persistent challenge 1

In the ReRIC project, we are aiming to generate new understandings of three persistent challenges that have...[more]

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ReRIC Rural Demographic Changes

Demographic change in rural and island Scotland: ReRIC persistent challenge 2

In the ReRIC project, we are aiming to generate new understandings of three persistent challenges that have...[more]

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ReRIC Social Exclusion Challenges

Social exclusion and marginalisation in rural and island Scotland: ReRIC persistent challenge 3

In the ReRIC project, we are aiming to generate new understandings of three persistent challenges...[more]


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