The 2021 Scottish Rural Parliament

Wed, 21/04/2021 - 10:09am

The 2021 Scottish Rural Parliament has come to an end and we would like to thank the over 500 of you all who attended to share your story, learn and influence change.  Each one of the 16 sessions was curated by an organisation with expertise in the topic, and supported by a diverse range of facilitators, presenters and chairs to deliver it.

Recordings of the sessions are available via the event portal until May 31st 2021 and will shortly be uploaded to the Scottish Rural Action website where you will be able to watch them at your leisure.

Scottish Rural Action is now working, alongside Scottish Islands Federation, curators and partners to collate the information gathered from each session into a Manifesto for Rural and Island Scotland.

With thanks, here is a list of organisations and individuals that curated sessions for, contributed to or supported the 2021 Scottish Rural Parliament


Scottish Rural Action

The Scottish Islands Federation


South of Scotland Enterprise

Scottish Government (Scottish Rural Network)

Event Delivery: Speakeasy

Young People Leading Change

Delivered by: Social Enterprise Academy and Rural Youth Project 


Remote and Rural Activism

Curator: Scottish Rural Action

Chair: Esme Leitch, Scottish Rural Action


Democracy and Local Governance

Curators: Scottish Community Alliance and Scottish Community Development Centre

Chair: Micheal Russell MSP


Advancing Equality

Curators: Sleeping Giants Community Development CIC and Scottish Rural Action

Chair:  Grace Cardozo, Sleeping Giants Community Development CIC


Rural Movement

Curators: The James Hutton Institute and Scotland's Rural College

Chair: Dr Jane Atterton, Scotland’s Rural College


Rural & Island Economy 

Curators: GrowBiz and Inspiralba

Chair: Prof. Sarah Skerratt, Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Scottish Consortium for Rural Research 

Presenters and panellists:

Digital Rural and Island Scotland

Curator: Scottish Rural Action

Chair: Dr Brian Cameron, Scottish Rural Action


The Use of Coastal Land and the Seabed

Curators: The Scottish Islands Federation and Scottish Land Commission

Chair: Emma Cooper, Scottish Land Commission


Community Led Tourism

Curators: Senscot 

Chair: Sarah Cameron, Senscot


Climate Change

Curator: Scottish Islands Federation

Chair: Calum MacDonald, Point and Sandwick Trust


Rural and Island Transport

Curator: Scottish Rural and Island Transport Community

Chair: Jenny Milne, Scottish Rural and Island Transport Community


Social Care

Curators: Growbiz and Outside the Box

Chair: Anne Connor, Outside the Box


Good Food

Curators: The Highland Good Food Partnership and Scottish Rural Action

Chair: Prof. Julie Fitzpatrick, The Moredun Research Institute and Glasgow University


20 Minute Neighbourhood

Curator: Development Trusts Association Scotland

Chair: Lena Hutton, Development Trusts Association Scotland


Rural Mental Health and Wellbeing

Curator: National Rural Mental Health Forum

Chair: Jim Hume, National Rural Mental Health Forum


The Big Panel Debate

Chair: Ruth Wishart