The Evolution of Rural and Island Policy in Scotland

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This report provides a comprehensive review of policy interventions for Scotland’s rural areas and islands since the 1950s. Based on this review, it provides some suggestions for how policies may evolve in future.

This review forms the basis of future work in both ReRIC and NISRIE. The former will explore three persistent challenges which have plagued many rural and island communities in Scotland for decades, namely a lack of affordable housing, demographic decline and exclusion and marginalisation and provide new insights on how these challenges may be tackled. The latter will gather and analyse data and provide new insights on Scotland’s rural and island economies.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyScottish Government: Rural & Environment Science & Analytical Services
Number of pages39
Publication statusPrint publication - Sept 2023


  • Rural policy
  • intervention
  • review
  • island policy

Rural Policy Centre Themes

  • Rural economies and communities


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