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Steven Thomson

Steven Thomson

Steven Thomson

 +44 (0)1315354192

Peter Wilson Building

West Mains Road


EH9 3JG 


I am the Sector Lead for Communities for the SEFARI Gateway. I have a wealth of experience, having worked on agricultural and rural policy matters with SRUC for the last 25 years.  Much of my work focuses on assessing the impacts of agricultural and rural development policy (in particular their reforms) and I have recently been heavily engaged in considerations of the consequences of Brexit on Scottish agriculture and wider agri-food supply chains. I am currently joint coordinator of the Rural Industries work package of the Scottish Government’s 2016-2021 Strategic Research Programme which is assessing the resilience of farm and rural business and how these businesses are adapting to change.  I maintain a close working relationship with SAC Consulting, where I provide policy advice.


Leading Ideas

  • Agriculture
  • Land and Communities
  • Rural Economy
  • SEFARI Gateway

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • Theme 2: Productive and sustainable land management and Rural Economies
  • 2.4 - Rural Industries
  • 2.4.1 Resilience of rural economies to key external drivers
  • 2.4.2 How rural economies can adapt to key external drivers
  • 2.4.3 Environmental sustainability and circularity of the rural economy