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    West Mains Road, Peter Wilson Building, King's Buildings

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Rural Policy Centre is a hub for generating and sharing up-to-date evidence on rural and natural economy issues, including the environment, climate change, agriculture, food and rural businesses and communities. The Rural Policy Centre operates as a focus for research and knowledge exchange work on rural policy issues, informing and contributing to policy debates through:

  • Issuing regular briefings based on recent research and policy developments
  • Serving as Secretariat for the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Rural Policy
  • Conducting research projects and organising high profile events

Through our work, we aim to improve the evidence and expand the knowledge base on rural Scotland and to inform the development of future policies. Our research outputs share valuable and straightforward insights on the big issues affecting rural lives. Research outputs are organised into four themes:

  • Environment and climate
  • Land use and land reform
  • Food, health and wellbeing
  • Rural economies and communities


  • land reform
  • rural livelihoods
  • natural capital
  • rural policy
  • climate policy
  • agricultural policy

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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