Current Projects

'Rural Policy Learning Commons' (RPLC) (2014- ongoing) University of Brandon, Manitoba Lead involving academic partners in North America and Europe.  CRRS Co- Applicant with other partners; Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Philomena de Lima, Member of RPLC Steering Committee and theme lead for Human Capital and Migration. Further information can be found at :

Highland Council - Research and Analytical Services (Funded by Highland Council) 2016-2019; Ongoing since 2010. The main  focus is on  The Annual Performance Survey ; the most recent report is available. Past annual reports are available at The Highland Council Website or by contacting CRRS.

Completed Projects

2014-15 Sustaining Livelihoods in Remote and Fragile Communities: The Experiences of Ferry Transport on Six Scottish Island Communities (PI ) Commissioned by David MacBrayne's Ltd

2012 - 2014 'Territorial Indicators of Poverty and Social Exclusion' (TIPSE). Scottish and Spanish case studies of two remote rural communities. EU ESPON.

2013: 'Developing a resource centre for older people in Inverness’. Dunbar centre

2012: Employment and poverty and ethnicity: Employer behaviour and workplace culture, Co –Investigator with Herriot Watt University, Hudson Research and University of London, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. (Co-Investigator).

2011- 2012 'Minimum Income Standard in Remote and Rural Scotland'. Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

2011- 2012: ‘Attracting international Students: Equitable Services & Support, Campus Cohesion and Community Engagement’, Equality Challenge Unit. Co-Investigator with CERES, University of Edinburgh.

2012: Migration: Developing Retention Strategies in Rural Areas – Comparison Canada and UK, University of Manitoba, Rural Development Institute, Canada (Principal Investigator (PI)).

2012: Developing strategic and targeted approaches to addressing inequalities within the context of the Scottish index of Multiple Deprivation in the Highlands, Community Planning Partnership, Highlands. (PI).

2012: ‘Employee Disability Equality Network (EDEN): Assessing the establishment of an employee disability network, Highland Council.

2010- 2013: ‘Performance Survey’ - 2000 sample citizens panel from 2010-2013; Focus groups on Highland Council Performance (2011); Focus Group ‘Tenants’ view on enhancing housing stock’ (2011), Highland Council (PI).

2010-11 ‘Community consultation on poverty and ethnicity in Scotland’. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation (PI with COI R. Arshad CERES, University of Edinburgh)