CCRI director, Professor Janet Dwyer, has contributed to a new report, just published, called ‘After Brexit: 10 key questions for rural policy in Wales’. The report stems from a workshop held earlier in the year at Aberystwyth University, which was supported by the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society/WISERD@Aberystwyth, the ESRC WISERD/Civil Society research centre and the ERC GLOBAL-RURAL project.
The report considers the following ten questions:
1. What implications does Brexit have for Welsh agriculture and could/should policymakers aim to mitigate these effects?
2. Should agriculture and the provision of environmental goods in Wales be considered together after Brexit?
3. How can development policy be integrated across the range of rural needs?
4. Will Brexit offer new opportunities for the Welsh food and drink sector and how could these be developed?
5. What opportunities are there for new or alternative products from the land in Wales?
6. How might Brexit affect demographic trends in rural Wales?
7. How can we avoid rural areas losing out to urban centres in future funding support?
8. How can the positive links and relationships between rural and urban areas be nurtured?
9. How can rural development be supported and encouraged across the whole of rural Wales after Brexit?
10. How can policymakers support new and innovative industries to establish and also remain in Wales?
The full list of contributors to the report are Robert Bowen, Janet Dwyer, Rhys Dafydd Jones, Anne Liddon, Terry Marsden, Peter Midmore, Sally Shortall, Prysor Williams, Michael Woods and Sophie Wynne-Jones. Full information can be found at the end of the report.
Reports have also been published for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and Janet has been invited to attend a UK-wide event at the House of Lords on 5th December, when the full set of these reports will be discussed.