1.2 Local assets, local decisions, and community resilience
Annie McKee, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Annie.McKee@hutton.ac.uk
Dr Mags Currie & Dr Annabel Pinker, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
Dr Marianna Markantoni, Dr Rob Mc Morran and Dr Elliot Meador, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh.
There is an increasing drive, in policy and in practice, to support rural community capacity and empowerment to enable rural community resilience. However, there is little systematic understanding about: what works well at the local level and what does not; what makes some communities vibrant and resilient and others less so; and what are the long-term impacts of resilience initiatives. Understanding about how to increase effective empowerment could also be more effective, at a range of different interacting governance levels. This working group will address issues of inequalities within rural communities, identifying the underlying reasons for different ‘empowerment outcomes’ between and within communities. The working group invites new research that seeks to identify and capture ‘success’ in enhancing the resilience of rural communities, that develops methodologies to capture policy outcomes, and that considers how community resilience can be enhanced.
Short presentations, plus one session that includes a facilitated mini-workshop to draw out key themes from the session, to be published as a blog post.