MPS Event: Rural Lives: Retaining diverse populations in rural Scotland


In this online workshop Migration Policy Scotland brings together a panel of experts to discuss the policy-related issues surrounding migration into rural parts of Scotland.

Panel Talk

  • What are current policy concerns and priorities regarding rural populations?
  • What are the challenges in attracting and retaining rural populations?
  • What is the future of policy for Scotland’s rural populations?

The Rural Living Project: Dr Emilia Pietka-Nykaza & Helen Baillot

Following the initial panel discussion, Dr Emilia Pietka-Nykaza presents the findings from her exploratory study the ‘Rural Living Project’ (October 2021 – April 2022). The study captures the experiences of diverse rural stayers in the Scottish Highlands and the ways in which they contribute to rural place-making and community living.

Discussion Session

The workshop ends with a facilitated discussion session for participants.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Emilia Pietka-Nykaza, Rural Living Project, University of the West of Scotland
  • Mike Andrews, Population and Migration Division, Scottish Government
  • Dr Ruth Wilson, James Hutton Institute
  • Jane Atterton, Rural Policy Centre, SRUC
  • Catherine MacNeil, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

We hope you can join us!

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