2022 Conference

Our annual rural housing conference will take place on 25th February 2022. Due to the current circumstances surrounding Covid-19, this year we will be running our conference online. Whilst we had hoped we would see some of you in person, the online model will be more accessible and allows great opportunities for wider collaboration on networking. The event will be free to attend.

Please register via Eventbrite if you would like to attend. A link to join the conference will then be emailed to you prior to the event.


Rural living presents an opportunity for a sustainable lifestyle in the face of climate change and with this conference, we want to bring the discussion about rural sustainability back to the communities at the heart of the debate. 

During the conference, we will learn about some of the innovative housing and regeneration projects taking place across rural Scotland, hearing from the communities themselves about how their projects are progressing and their visions for the future. As well as hearing about the lived experience of these rural communities, we will be exploring the policy initiatives that are shaping rural futures through a series of webinars and workshops.

We hope this conference will highlight the expansive opportunities presented by rural areas for the future, as well as where change is needed to allow this potential to be reached.

The conference will include contributions from Scottish Government Housing Minister, Shona Robison MSP, as well as Convenor of the Scottish Parliament Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee, Green MSP, Ariane Burgess. . 

The stellar line-up will involve presentations from Magnus Davidson (Research Assosicate UHI), Helen MacDonald (Mull & Iona Community Trust), Barbara Elborn (Newcastleton and District Community Trust), Luke Fraser (Aspire Orkney, Andrew Donaldson (Comrie Croft), Pat Mavor (Development Manager Woolfords, Auchengray and Tarbrax Improvement Foundation) & Wendy Reid (Isle of Ulva Development Manager). The full line-up of speakers and programme will be announced in due course. 

This event is organised by Rural Housing Scotland with sponsorship from Highlands Rewilding and Ecology Building Society.

To find out about further sponsorship packages, please contact: kirsty@ruralhousingscotland.org

The Rural Housing Conference is brought to you by Rural Housing Scotland 
with support from UN-Habitat and sponsorship from Ecology Building Society and Highlands Rewilding.