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Land and Communities

Land and Communities

The relationship between our land and people is crucial, particularly at a time when demographic, social, economic and environmental change is being experienced in rural areas across Scotland; from rural towns and their hinterlands, to coastal areas and islands. SEFARI research focuses on the resilience and wellbeing of Scotland’s rural communities and provides vital support and a wider view for other SEFARI work on environment, land-based industries, food and health. SEFARI research is designed to help people living in and using the rural landscape; it helps identify policies which can enhance community wellbeing and resilience; and it considers the role of empowerment, local participation and democracy.

Case Studies

13 Dec 2018

The Demographic Challenges Facing Scotland's Sparsely Populated Areas

This case study summarises ongoing work exploring how changes in the population of remote and rural areas in Scotland affect the social, economic and ecological resilience of these areas.

24 Jul 2018

Protecting our soil and securing the way ahead

A large proportion of the Scottish strategic road network in the Highlands is vulnerable to landslides.

Blog

27 Nov 2018 - 10:58

How might our farmers adapt to a public money for public goods regime?

Ahead of this week's Land Use Conference, which has been part-funded by the SEFARI Gateway Responsive Opportunity Fund, we are delighted

13 Nov 2018 - 11:56

Do we have the evidence to support place based policies?

This is the second of two blog posts about place-based rural policy. In this blog post on this topic, we are pleased that Jonathan Hopkins, James Hutton Institute is able to explain more about the evidence needs to support place-based rural policies.

8 Nov 2018 - 09:55

What Exactly is Place Based Rural Policy?

The Scottish Rural Parliament will meet in Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway (14th - 16th November). Across the range of talks and exhibits, the theme is “Taking Action.” In the lead-up to this meeting, we are publishing two blog posts about place-based rural policy.