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Learning from European Rural Movements: research to inform a Scottish approach

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE



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With funding from the Scottish Government, this research studied rural movements in ten countries in Europe to learn lessons and inform the development of a rural movement in Scotland. The research identifies six overarching themes with learning points for Scotland. These themes are: structure, collaboration, purpose, activities, relationship with government, and place-based action. The research demonstrates how rural movements represent an organised and effective approach to developing a network and voice for rural citizens and those working to support rural development. A number of conclusions are drawn and recommendations made for developing and supporting a Scottish approach.

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Author(s): Glass J, Atterton J, Shucksmith M

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title:

Year: 2022

Pages: 27

Print publication date: 08/09/2022

Acceptance date: 31/03/2022

Institution: Rural Policy Centre, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

Place Published: Edinburgh