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Nana Bortsie-Aryee – PhD candidate – under examination

Email: nana.bortsie-aryee@postgrad.otago.ac.nzNana_Bortsie-Aryee_image

Topic

Water Footprinting: Theory to Reality – Building competitive advantage around water.

Research Outline

According to industry experts in agribusiness in and out of New Zealand, New Zealand already has a competitive edge when it comes to using a cleaner environment and cleaner production as a selling point or as part of business strategy. However, a cleaner environment comprises many components including air, water, soil and other parts of the earth’s ecosystem. The story of water management in New Zealand agribusinesses is a good resource around which competitive advantage can be built. However, the question remains: ‘how can this competitive advantage be built?’ My research explores the most advantageous ways of building competitive advantage around water using approaches like water footprinting.

Supervisors

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Publications and/or Conferences

Bortsie-Aryee, N., Fennessy, P., O'Kane, C., & Walton, S. (forthcoming). Pollution prevention through water footprint management from a natural resource based view: key resources that are combined among top environmentally proactive livestock farmers in New Zealand. International Journal of Business Research.

Halog A. and Bortsie – Aryee N. A (2013) The Need for Integrated Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis of Biofuel Supply Chains. Book Chapter. Biofuels Book 2. ISBN 980-953-307-471-4

Bortsie - Aryee N. A (2012) Complementing Carbon Hoofprint with Water Footprinting-An Integrated Approach to Achieving Long Term Sustainability. Presentation at 1st New Zealand Student Symposium on Life Cycle Management. October 2012. Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Background

Prior to coming to New Zealand, I worked in the consulting industry in Germany as a project coordinator (2009 – 2011) and business developer on international development projects, such as World Bank projects in the field of water and environment. I also worked in the USA in environment and bioenergy development (2011 – 2012). I have a bachelor in Agribusiness management and Masters in Environmental Policy Administration and International Material Flow Management.

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