Assessing the impact of 'farming with dyslexia on local rural economies

  • R. Smith, G. Conley, A. M. Smith, G. McElwee
  • Local Economy The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, June 2016, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0269094216655404

What is it about?

This viewpoint article discusses the contemporary yet hidden issue of Farming with Dyslexia.. The article is of interest to policy analysts, researchers, and practitioners alike. The purpose of this discussion is to raise awareness of dyslexia at a time when there is increasing bureaucratisation of official farming support services. We discuss the issue from the perspective of local economic development and regeneration, as well as considering issues of economic empowerment within the context of wider social, political and economic change.

Why is it important?

With increasing pressure on farmers to become more entrepreneurial, navigating the effects of dyslexia on their daily farming routines and ultimately their often economically fragile fortunes demands that more attention is paid to the educational and social architecture that supports these rural communities.


Professor Robert Smith
University of the West of Scotland

This viewpoint article provides an important perspective because farmers are seldom the subject of such research. From a personal perspective, being brought up on farmers the author knows several dyslexic farmers.

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The following have contributed to this page: Professor Robert Smith and Professor GERARD McELWEE