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Welcome to our research library, where we have cultivated a collection of research papers important to the study and development of themes around rural people, places, and social enterprise.

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Rural Scotland Data Dashboard Overview

Rural Scotland Data Dashboard Overview

For context, analysts in RESAS (Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division) were asked to prepare a Rural Scotland data dashboard for the Rural Delivery Plan Ministerial Working Group chaired by the Deputy First Minister of Scotland. The first...

Rural & Islands Housing Action Plan

Rural & Islands Housing Action Plan

Equality, opportunity, and community are the three overarching defining missions of the Scottish Government, and the provision of affordable housing in Scotland’s rural and island communities is a recognised priority within the Government’s long-term...

SRUC Rural & Islands Report 2023

SRUC Rural & Islands Report 2023

Currently, there is a limited evidence base on the makeup and drivers of change in our rural and island communities and economies. This report is the first of an annual series of reports stemming from research funded by the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research...

FSB Big Small Business Survey Findings Report 2023

FSB Big Small Business Survey Findings Report 2023

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) recently published their ‘Big Small Business Survey: 2023 Findings Report’ which presents the views of Scotland’s small business community on a variety of subjects, with insights into the variance in different...

A Conceptual Framework for Rural Women Social Entrepreneurs

A Conceptual Framework for Rural Women Social Entrepreneurs

Casandra Bryant has been working in the field of capacity building and development, locally and internationally for 25 + years professionally and academically. Areas of expertise in communication for development, non-profit strategy, and women-led entrepreneurship....

Rural SE Hub Stakeholder Report 2023

Rural SE Hub Stakeholder Report 2023

  The Rural Social Enterprise Hub has today published its 2023 Stakeholder Report, detailing the background of the project, work to date, ongoing development, and future priorities. The report is available to view here: Rural SE Hub Stakeholder Report Apr 2023...

Reflections from the SEWF ’22 Rural Gathering Report

Reflections from the SEWF ’22 Rural Gathering Report

A report which details ‘Reflections from the SEWF ’22 Rural Gathering’ was published on the 22nd of December 2022. Produced by ACRE, the report provides an overview of the Rural Gathering programmatic approach. It also includes a synthesis of...

Understanding Scotland: A New Survey for Scotland

Understanding Scotland: A New Survey for Scotland

The David Hume Institute, in conjunction with the Diffley Partnership, published the latest Understanding Scotland: economy insights on the 22nd of November 2022. The data, collected just prior to the chancellor’s Autumn Statement, shows almost universal...

Storytelling for Systems Change: Insights from the Field Report

Storytelling for Systems Change: Insights from the Field Report

Community-led place-based initiatives are modelling new ways of working – shifting away from top down, program-focused approaches towards an approach grounded in systems thinking and community-led innovations. However, while these stories of change are sitting...

SENScot & Community Enterprise: Community-led Tourism Report

SENScot & Community Enterprise: Community-led Tourism Report

Communities are increasingly getting involved in tourism and shaping the offer their area provides to visitors. The drivers and motives behind this vary considerably and include the desire to secure greater levels of visitor spend; managing visitors to limit their...

Community-led Tourism in Scotland – Lessons Learned May 2022

Community-led Tourism in Scotland – Lessons Learned May 2022

Tourism plays a key role in supporting Scotland’s regional and local economies with many rural and island communities reliant on visitor spend. The economic value of the tourism industry has historically been the predominant focus for both industry and government but...

Community Ownership Cold Spots Briefing March 2022

Community Ownership Cold Spots Briefing March 2022

Community Land Scotland, with the support of the Scottish Government, has been working to get a better understanding of Scotland’s “community land cold spots”. The process started with desk-based research and the results have informed this paper.   The following...

The David Hume Institute: Community Insights March 2022

The David Hume Institute: Community Insights March 2022

  Throughout 2019-20, the David Hume Institute’s Action Project brought people across Scotland together to discuss what was needed to progress towards a more prosperous, sustainable, inclusive and fair country. They spoke to people from all walks of life,...

Collective Leadership: Research and Learning

Collective Leadership: Research and Learning

On the 1st of March 2022, the Rural SE Hub hosted a session at the Illuminating Leadership Festival, a virtual, week-long event hosted by Collective Leadership for Scotland, with a focus on the topic of collective, systems- and place-based leadership. The name of the...

RurAction. Handbook for Practitioners

RurAction. Handbook for Practitioners

  The RurAction Network: Handbook for Practitioners.   The stated aim of this publication is to: ‘to help practitioners – both on the basis of our own empirical research and a literature review – to reflect with greater awareness on rural conditions with...

LEADER and Spatial Justice

LEADER and Spatial Justice. Mark Shucksmith, Elizabeth Brooks and Ali Madanipour Sociologia Ruralis: Journal of the European Society for Rural Sociology 2021.   This paper explores ideas of ‘spatial justice’ and how they can be applied via placed – based...

A Different Approach to Community-Led Asset Development

In this short video, Douglas Westwater, Chief Executive of Community Enterprise Scotland introduces this research carried out in collaboration with The William Grant Foundation:   https://youtu.be/jb9pAl-sOd4   Read the full report here: A different approach...

Social enterprises’ impact on older people’s health and well-being

Social enterprises’ impact on older people’s health and well-being

Exploring Scottish experiences: Part of the Common Health research programme, this paper explores ‘what’ impact social enterprise activities had on the health and well-being of participants over 50 and ‘how’ this impact was created. The research covers the work of...

Young People and Access Routes into Social Enterprise Report

Young People and Access Routes into Social Enterprise Report

In rural areas, there is often the expectation that young people should relocate to urban cities to access employment and education – this is known as the ‘brain drain’, and is one of the key drivers of rural depopulation. Social enterprises in...

Unlocking the potential of rural Social Enterprise

Unlocking the potential of rural Social Enterprise

This paper reports on an exploratory study with social enterprise stakeholders in Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders focused on the potential of social enterprise to contribute to rural development. It considers three key domains that impact on this potential...

Wellbeing Economy

Wellbeing Economy

Want to know more about a #wellbeingeconomy?   A new paper from the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) explains what a wellbeing economy is, discussing the benefits, the fundamentals and building blocks, how it iffers from the current system, and how it would...

Resilience Economics Report from Common Weal

Resilience Economics Report from Common Weal

The recent report from Common Weal Scotland, ‘Resilience Economics’, sets out an economic framework for rebuilding Scotland’s economy post-virus. This new document explains the principles behind Resilience Economics – the act of building an...

Rural Lives

Rural Lives

Rural Lives is a research project which is examining the wellbeing of people and families in rural areas, focusing in particular on peoples’ ability to meet their financial commitments and needs comfortably – having enough income to meet more than life’s...

Collective leadership

Collective leadership

Background paper for Community Learning Exchange to Oban and Mull which provides an introduction to ideas of collective leadership.

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