Journal Articles 2018

This page contains details of some of the recent journal article publications by members of the Institute for Retail Studies. Pre-print versions of these articles are available online from the University of Stirling’s Depository (STORRE) in most cases, or contact the author or Leigh Sparks directly.

Anne Findlay and Leigh Sparks (2018) Farm Shops – time to close the stable door? Town and Country Planning, 87, 1, 7-10
Farm shops are a form of agricultural diversification and are considered to bring significant benefits to rural communities in terms of locally generated income and employment. The market in the UK is thought to be worth at least £1.5bn.  They are an agricultural planning issue and retail planning considerations are not seen as relevant. There must though come a point where retail planning is more appropriate than agricultural planning. Planning in respect of farm shops is currently inherently weak, with sketchy definitions and varied interpretation. A manageable definition is a starting point to allow farm shops to continue to shape the identity and benefits for producers and the rural economy. Where larger retail spaces are involved then there is a case for retail planning to be used.
David Marshall, John Dawson and Laura Nisbet (2018) Food access in remote rural places: consumer accounts of food shopping, Regional Studies, 52, 1, 133-144.
Food access in remote rural places: consumer accounts of food shopping. Regional Studies. In remote rural and island communities access to food involves adaption of living style and travel outside the local area as a normal and integral part of food shopping. Despite the poor retail assortment, consumers have a strong allegiance to local food stores centred on a desire to maintain a local retail presence and to support the community. Deeper understanding of consumer access to food and adaptations to constrained access have implications for food policy for these remote areas and public policy on remote regions more generally. Results are reported for remote island communities in Scotland.

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