2019 Nuffield Scholar profile – Ben Hancock

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Ben Hancock

2019 Scholar


Ben was raised on his family’s Wairarapa hill country sheep and beef cattle farm. He is now based in Wellington working for Beef + Lamb New Zealand as a senior analyst, still near the farm and often back home to work.

After working in research and conservation roles in New Zealand, USA and Panama, Ben completed his PhD investigating eco-system services. Ben worked for the Ministry for Primary Industries in biosecurity policy before joining Beef + Lamb New Zealand.

With New Zealand’s agriculture export-focused, improving the diversity of markets can help to minimise volatility and maximise highest value outcomes. There are markets that have traditionally used sheep products that maybe under-utilised by New Zealand. Ben is interested in researching this during his scholarship.

Ben’s research ‘Rural leadership: taming the wicked problems’ set out to explore how agriculture could get ahead of social and political issues facing the industry, to lead the conversation, rather than react, while at the same time retain social capital.

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Current employment

Beef + Lamb NZ
Whole Farm Data Lead 

Other Affiliations




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