Recharging Rural

Recharging Rural

The Prince’s Countryside Fund and Professor Sarah Skerratt of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are delighted to publish our latest research, Recharging Rural. This vital research looks into what can make rural communities in the UK sustainable, in spite of the adversities they face. 

We wanted to find out the different ways in which the challenges of ‘remote rural’ are being experienced by people and communities across the UK. More than 3000 of you filled out our #HaveYourSay survey, and we now have a wealth of new evidence directly from people's lived experience. In this, we see people's concerns, their resilience, and their ideas for the future of their rural communities.

Click here to read the report

If you have any queries or comments, please email Ellie Jesson


About Sarah Skerratt, Professor of Rural Society and Policy
Director, Rural Policy Centre, Scotland’s Rural College.

For the past 30 years, Prof Skerratt has been researching rural community development, specifically focusing on: rural community resilience and vulnerability, empowerment and disempowerment; rural poverty and disadvantage; rural leadership; and rural broadband as an enabler/disabler. Most recently, she has been working in the field of rural mental health with Scottish mental health charity Support in Mind Scotland.

Sarah carries out her work with the joint aims of directly enhancing rural and national policy, and making a difference in communities. Her research focuses on debunking commonly-held romantic myths around community resilience, empowerment, poverty, regeneration and development, examining differences between policy/practice vision and how this translates on the ground.

She works with the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, universities, private, public and third sector and development agencies in Scotland and internationally. She is on the Board of Directors for SRUC, Rural Housing Scotland and Scotland’s Regeneration Forum (SURF). In 2017, Sarah was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in recognition of her work in rural policy and rural poverty.

You can follow Sarah on Twitter @sarah_skerratt and the research with the #rechargingrural


About Scotland's Rural College      

Scotland’s Rural College – winners of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017 – supports innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and the rural sector in Britain and internationally. It is one of the UK’s leading agriculturally-focused higher education institutions, offering a unique blend of research, education and consultancy.

SRUC’s research and education activities operate from six campuses and eight farms and research centres across Scotland. Its consultancy arm, SAC Consulting, supports more than 12,000 farms and rural businesses across the UK from 25 consultancy offices and eight veterinary disease surveillance centres. 

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