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Sam Beechener (Student)

PhD Research Student

Land Economy, Environment and Society
SRUC, Kings Buildings
West Mains Road

Current research (PhD)

Title: “How co-innovation with respect to sustainable intensification impacts on scaling in the context of the New Zealand agri-food sector”

Dates: Jan 2014 - Dec 2017

Primary production plays a key role in the national economy of New Zealand and there are expectations that the sector will make an increasing contribution to future export earnings. This will be achieved by raising output and adding value to commodity products. Given the competitive nature of international markets this represents a significant challenge, heightened by a growing emphasis, at home, on protecting and improving the natural environment.

Striking a balance between production and the environment is a challenge that resonates around the world. In New Zealand, the co-innovation approach represents a potential response that is being explored under the Primary Innovation pilot.

Sam’s PhD research investigates how co-innovation impacts on the scaling-up (for example, vertical spread from producers to policy-makers) and scaling-out (for example, horizontal spread from producer to producer) of new and emerging technologies in the agri-food sector. His project is co-funded by SRUC, Scotland, and AgResearch Ltd., New Zealand with additional input from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. For twelve months from November 2014, Sam was on placement with AgResearch at Ruakura Research Station in New Zealand.

Supervisors: Dr Ann Bruce, Dr Neels Botha (AgResearch), Dr Laurens Klerkx (Wageningen), Dr Chrysa Lamprinopoulou and Dr Andrew Barnes (SRUC)

Sam Beechener's CV - 2015 PDF, 25KB