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Andrew Copus

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Economic Geographer
+44 (0)1224 395402

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Andrew Copus joined the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group in March 2013. For the previous eight years he was a Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio (Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, Stockholm) and the Centre for Remote and Rural Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands.

Between 1989 and 2005 Andrew was with SAC (now SRUC), latterly as leader of the Rural Economy Team. He has also briefly held posts at the University of Aberdeen and Luton Sixth Form College.

Andrew is an economic geographer by training, whose research interests relate to the changing rural economy and rural/regional policy. Much of his work has been based upon analysis of small area or regional secondary data and indicators. He has a long-standing interest in territorial rural development and regional disparities, which through recent projects is presented as “rural cohesion policy”.

Current research interests

Much of Andrew’s work has had a European perspective, variously funded by Framework Programmes, European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion (ESPON) and as a consultant for the European Commission. He has studied the role of rural business networks, the changing nature of peripherality and most recently, patterns and trends in poverty and social exclusion.

He was recently invited to peer review research commissioned by the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Urban-Rural Cooperation and to speak on rural-urban relationships at international conferences organised by the Polish Presidency of the European Union and by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy.

Ongoing and recent projects


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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.