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Research on Land Reform Issues

The Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS) produce evidence to inform policy development on land reform.  This webpage lists current and recent research and statistics.

Project 1  - The impact of diversity of ownership

This report investigates the impact of diversity of ownership on the socioeconomic outcomes for rural areas in Scotland.

The Impact of diversity of ownership scale on social, economic and environmental outcomes paper was published in July 2016.

Project 2 – Evaluation of Community Right To Buy

This considers the impact of  the community right to buy provisions in Part 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 on local communities in the period from 2004 to 2014.  The project contract was awarded to IPSOS Mori working in partnership with SRUC.

The Impact Evaluation of the Community Right to Buy paper was published in October 2015.

Project 3 – Exploring the barriers to community land-based activities

This was taken forward by the James Hutton Institute through Scottish Government advisory funding.  The project developed a framework of barriers to community land-based activities and tested this with a wide range of stakeholders.

The Exploring Barriers to Community Land-Based Activities paper was published in September 2015.

Additional evidence related to tenant farming aspects of land reform can be found here.

Project 4 - A review of tools and approaches to empowering communities in rural Scotland

This CAMERAS project examined how best to assist communities to engage with decisions on land use, land management and related services.  It reviewed existing tools and approaches and identifed the key elements necessary to support successful engagement related specifically to land use and land management in rural areas.

The Engaging and empowering communities and stakeholders in rural land use and land management in Scotland paper was published in July 2016. 

Link to CAMERAS http://www.camerasscotland.org/