Attitudes to land reform

Rachel Warren, Catriona Millar, Maggie Pollok, Lorraine Murray, Jayne Glass, Rob McMorran, Marcus Craigie, Carly Maynard

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This report presents the main findings from a research study exploring the public’s attitudes to land reform. The study was conducted on behalf of the Scottish Government by Ipsos MORI Scotland in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College. Fieldwork took place between Spring and Autumn 2020.

The aim of this research was to investigate the public’s attitudes to land reform and community engagement in decisions about land use and provide a nuanced understanding of what policy options are likely to meet the public’s priorities.

A mixed-method approach was adopted, comprising: an evidence review, eight
interviews with expert stakeholders, a mixed mode (online and telephone) survey of 1,501 respondents aged 16 and over, and a deliberative stage which involved 10 online workshops and 12 interviews.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Scottish Government
Commissioning bodyScottish Government
Number of pages90
ISBN (Print)9781800047198
Publication statusPrint publication - 5 Mar 2021


  • land reform
  • community engagement
  • land use
  • vacant and derelict land
  • communities
  • climate change
  • land ownership
  • inequality
  • fairness
  • housing
  • greenspace
  • public access

Rural Policy Centre Themes

  • Land use and land reform


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