Rural Policy

Purpose of the group

The purpose of the Group is to inform MSPs and the wider Scottish Parliament about issues relating to rural policies and policy-making in Scotland.

Forthcoming meetings

Next meeting:

Group Officers

Group Members


Aberdeen University

Academic Director and Vice-Principal Research, SAC

Archaeology Scotland

BIG Lottery

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Centre for Mountain Studies, UHI

Centre for Remote and Rural Studies, University of Highlands & Islands

Centre for Rural Health, University of Highlands & Islands.

Community Land Scotland

Crofters Commission

Crown Estate Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust

Head of Communications, SAC

Highland Council

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Independent Consultant

James Hutton Institute

Land Economy and Environment Research Group, SAC

Lews Castle College, University of Highlands and Islands

National Farmers Union for Scotland

Newcastle University


Pagoda PR


Rural Development Council

Rural Housing Service

Rural Innovation

Rural Policy Centre, SAC

Rural Society Research Team, SAC

Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Scottish Crofting Federation

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Scottish Food Quality Certification

Scottish Government

Scottish Land and Estates

Scottish Natural Heritage

Soil Association


Tods Murray LLP Solicitors

Upper Quartile

Get involved

Next meeting:




Alex Fergusson MSP

Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

0131 348 5638