Author: Jane Atterton, Scotland’s Rural College
Date: 26 July 2017
In this guest post, Jane Atterton from Scotland’s Rural College examines what a ‘place-based approach’ means for Scotland’s rural areas.
The notion of place-based approaches has become more prominent in Scottish policymaking in the last few years. Scotland’s rural areas make up 98% of Scotland’s landmass, nearly one fifth of its population and approximately one third of its registered small to medium enterprises.
In practice, Scotland’s policymakers are required to take the needs of rural areas seriously. What should be taken into account when formulating place-based policies that support rural areas?