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Views sought on local issues and quality of life in Scottish communities

Views are sought on wellbeing in rural Scotland (c) James Hutton Institute
"Researchers need to consult practitioners, policy makers, community groups and other stakeholders to identify the most important issues which affect Scotland’s rural areas and small towns"

Social scientists of the James Hutton Institute and Scotland's Rural College are seeking people’s views about wellbeing, local issues and quality of life in Scottish communities, in a drive to improve currently-available data and inform policy development and implementation.

Jonathan Hopkins, a researcher of the Institute's Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group in Aberdeen, said: "The size of the ‘evidence base’ required for place-based policy in Scotland could be very large, as a wide range of issues affect people and society.

"Researchers need to consult practitioners, policymakers, community groups and other stakeholders to identify the most important issues which affect Scotland’s rural areas and small towns"

To that end, a survey has been launched covering the following topics:

  • What stakeholders perceive to be the most important issues and subjects which affect Scotland’s rural areas and small towns, and whether data is available to measure them at the local level,
  • How stakeholders use and analyse data about places and people, and how existing online resources for viewing and accessing data and maps can be improved.

The survey is available at http://surveys.hutton.ac.uk/index.php/433557?lang=en.

The wider research project on place-based policy and rural Scotland aims to improve current understanding of (i) the main reasons for differences in economic performance and social outcomes across rural areas and small towns of Scotland, and (ii) how policies can help to deliver positive outcomes and address these disparities.

The work is funded by the Rural & Environment Science & Analytical Services Division of the Scottish Government, within the RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.