Sustainability and small enterprises in Scotland’s remote rural ‘margins’

Kathryn A. Burnett, Michael Danson

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Abstract/Intro: Co-production narratives of sustainability are informed by idea, values and experiences of localness in areas that are typically ‘rural’ yet particularly ‘remote’.
Examples show that ‘margin’ as an idea and as practice is appropriated and deployed to entrepreneurial effect: margin as ‘value’. ‘Survival’ is revisited and reflections on its place within enterprise narrative as ‘margins’ are redefined; remoteness is increasingly celebrated as a sustainable reality. Nonetheless enhanced policy frameworks such as ‘island-proofing’ are key to confidence and competencies - growth and development. Lastly, accounts (narratives and media) appropriate ‘ecology’, ‘green’ and sustainability motifs yet these terms are fluid and complex and require ongoing critique within wider enterprise landscapes of ‘consumption’.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2015
EventRural Entrepreneurship – Acquiring Community Assets: 13th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference - Ionad Chalum Chille, Bowmore, Islay, Scotland, Islay, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 2015 → …
Conference number: 13


ConferenceRural Entrepreneurship – Acquiring Community Assets
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period18/06/15 → …


  • rural enterprise
  • community assets
  • community
  • island products
  • island narratives
  • sustainability of small islands
  • enterprise


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