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David is a Rural Geographer and leads the Change in Agriculture Group. This group is interested in sustainable agricultural transitions, particularly aspects of social sustainability. We work on issues related to technology adoption, farmer and advisor behaviour change, responsible innovation, inclusion, and farmer mental well-being.

David is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Royal Agricultural University and also Visiting Fulbright Professor until November 2023 at Cornell University, USA.


  • 2023–present
    Visiting professor, Royal Agricultural University
  • 2023–present
    Visiting professor, Cornell University
  • 2022–2023
    Professor, Cranfield University
  • 2019–2022
    Associate professor, University of Reading
  • 2017–2019
    Lecturer, University of East Anglia
  • 2014–2017
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Cambridge
  • 2017–2017
    Postdoctoral research associate, University College London


  • 2015 
    University of Cambridge, PhD
  • 2011 
    University of Cambridge, MPhil
  • 2010 
    University of Cambridge, BA (Cantab)