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David Wither

PhD Candidate

Tel: (+64) 3 4793928


David Wither 2 (160)David is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Sustainability. He completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at the University of Otago in 2016 which focused on changes to the tertiary education sector following the 1984 economic reforms. While David is from New Zealand, he has also spent time living in Australia and Northern India.


David’s PhD research focuses on institutional pressures in agribusiness in New Zealand, specifically looking at how systemic issues impact on the resilience and wellbeing of individuals within the industry. This research is part of the wider Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge, and he also takes part in other research within the program such as the current project in Kaikoura following the 2016 earthquake.

David's research Institutional pressures in Agribusiness in New Zealand