Liz Wedderburn

Assistant Research Director

T: +64 7 838 5320

M: +64 29 838 5320


1976 B.Sc. (Hons.), Paisley College, Biology Department
1980 Ph.D., Glasgow University, Faculty of Science
2002 First year certificate in Te ara Reo Maori Te Wananga Aotearoa
2003 Second year certificate in Te ara Reo Maori Te Wananga Aotearoa
2007 Certificate in Company Directorship Institute of Directors

Dr Liz Wedderburn is employed as Portfolio Leader Agriculture Policy and is Principal Scientist with 30 years research and management experience in sustainable agriculture within pastoral based livestock systems. She is currently the Interim Director for the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge. Her science expertise is in pastoral ecology, sustainable livestock farming, collaborative processes, systems thinking and land and water. She is well connected with the international livestock agriculture community including South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa and Canada. She is co-chair of the focus Area 2 “Valuing Grasslands” of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock. Liz has a high strategic national profile with agribusiness, farmers, national and regional policy, particularly in the areas of the grand challenges including resource efficiency, food and water and adoption and practice change. She has a particular strength in the area of integration and systems and has developed and led transdisiplinary research teams that have included multi stakeholder partnerships and formed collaborative models focused on outcomes