The purpose of this Novel insights on Scotland’s rural and island economies (NISRIE) project is to provide an improved evidence base on rural and island economies.

Our aims and objectives:

The primary aim of the NISRIE project will focus our research on four key areas

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News, updates, reports and data relating to Rural and Island economy research

2023 Rural and Islands Report

2023 Rural & Islands Report

2023 report providing novel insights on Scotland's rural & island economies & communities

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What is NISRIE?

Project Lead Steven Thomson explains what NISRIE is and its aims and objectives (12 mins)

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What is the Rural Exchange?

Project Leader Jane Atterton offers insight into the Rural Exchange (10 mins)

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