Covid-19 and the Rural Economy

Activity: Talk, evidence or presentation typesOral presentation


Emma Congreve is joined by Professor Andrew Barnes and Steven Thomson from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to discuss how the current pandemic is affecting the rural economy. Covid-19 has provided farmers and the domestic food supply chain with many challenges, and these differ by sector and within sector.

Another key plank of the rural economy, tourism, has seen demand disappear. Whilst many of the effects of Covid-19 will be the same in both rural and urban sectors, the predominance of these sectors in these areas presents particular challenges and perhaps opportunities. Covid-19 has emerged at the same time as uncertainty over future trade relations and financial support for agriculture post-Brexit.
Period12 May 2020
Held atUniversity of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • covid
  • rural economy
  • agriculture