Dr Sarah Skerratt, Scotland’s Rural College , 0131 535 4335 / 01387 345 377
Dr Jane Atterton, Scotland's Rural College, 0131 535 4256 / 01387 345377
Dr Artur Steiner, Scotland's Rural College
Ellie Brodie, Scotland's Rural College
To establish a multi-institutional forum for the identification and exploration of public policy and service related issues, opportunities and challenges that impact on the regional economy and culture.
This aspect of the Institute’s work will identify and explore public policy and service related issues and the challenges facing local partners and communities - and potential policy solutions. It will work in tandem with the Institute’s BE and Research Functions to provide evidence-based policy briefs and related papers, deliver events aimed at ensuring regional and local engagement in policy, and support the advocacy activities of partners through informed dialogue and networking. Early activities are likely to relate to local responses to unemployment and skills development needs (linking the Institute’s policy function to those of its Business Knowledge and research functions), and impending changes to EU funding regimes and how these might be influenced (currently being promoted through the South of Scotland Alliance). The policy function will be co-ordinated by Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), supported by the University of Glasgow, Crichton Carbon Centre and other partners.
Sarah is also a Reader in Rural Society and Policy and Head of the Land, Economy and Environmental Research Group and Director of Rural Policy Centre at SRUC. She has a particular interest in rural community development policies and strategies and in July 2012 was appointed a Vice Chair of the Land Reform Review Group. Sarah also sits on the Boards of the Rural Housing Services, Care Farming Scotland and the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture.
Jane is a Manager and Policy Researcher, Rural Policy Centre, SRUC, She has a wealth of experience of working in research and policy-related roles with a particular focus on rural and regional development, rural businesses, the characteristics of rural communities, and ther rural policy-making process.
The Policy team is also drawing on the expertise of Dr Artur Steiner and Ellie Brodie. Artur is a Rural Society Researchers specialising in community development. He has participated in a number of a multi-disciplinary research projects evaluating LEADER interventions, exploring aspects of social enterprise development, addressing challenges of ageing populations and co-designing innovative methods of service provision. Currently, Artur works on a Scottish-Government funded research programme exploring theme of Vibrant Rural Communities. In turn Ellie is an experienced social researcher and consultant specialising in the voluntary sector, community development, impact assessment, and qualitative research. She has extensive experience of research, evaluation and strategy development with rural communities, including rural funding initiatives and community energy.
The four together give the Policy function some excellent expertise to support the Crichton Institute's work within the region.