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Welcome to the Rural Exchange

The Rural Exchange provides an exciting new platform for people living and working across Scotland’s rural and island communities to have their voices heard in both research and policy-making.

Engaging Rural Scotland

Through the Rural Exchange the research team at SRUC would like to hear from you about the key issues affecting your everyday lives as households and businesses, what is working well in your community, and what could be improved.


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We are developing surveys and polls to gather information about policies which affect rural and island communities, this is what we will undertake

Gather Data

Rural Exchange will provide a range of surveys and polls to fact-gather online.

Process and Analyse

We will process raw data and question responses and collate

Deliver back to you

Summarised results will be available for you and your community to read

Latest from the Rural Exchange

Articles and topics of interest relating to life and work in rural Scotland


What is NISRIE?

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

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Electric Vehicles

EVs account for 20% of all new vehicles bought in 2021. We will explore EV use in rural Scotland

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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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