If you’d like a break from work and to meet some friendly AoU faces, join us for an AoU Coffee Break!
For this session we will be joined by Ashleigh Weeden who will discuss Rural Futures in the Highlands. Ashleigh notes:
While some research on innovation in rural regions exists, it often encounters difficulties in applying generally accepted, urban-centered notions of innovation systems. Rural communities differ not only from urban communities, but from each other. If innovation policy agendas fail to account for diverse notions of rurality and the full spectrum of what happens in rural places, they will fail to address broader issues in rural community development. This presentation will share insights from ongoing research on place-based innovation systems in the Scottish Highlands, specifically as shaped by the legacy of the nuclear energy sector and the implications of the region’s transition to new economic development initiatives (such as renewable energy, satellite and space technology, repopulation initiatives, and community development plans). Opportunities for comparative policy analysis will be explored through lessons learned from similar dynamics in rural Canada. Bring your curiosity and questions for an active and engaging discussion about what’s next for northern Scotland, and discover why urbanists should care about the future of rural places around the world.
These sessions are hosted and organised by a group of Young Urbanists in Scotland, and are open to all. If you have never been to an AoU event before, or are thinking about joining the AoU, you are welcome to come along and join the discussion.
Register in advance for this meeting, or drop in on the day (using the same link):