Dean's Profile

Name:        George Owusu

Title:           Professor

Institutional Address: School of Social Sciences

                                  University of Ghana

                                  P. O. Box LG72

                                  Legon - Accra


Tel.:          +233 243 344 672 (mobile)+233 302 500 179 (office)



2005 PhD (Geography), Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.

1999 MPhil in Social Change, Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.

1996 BA (Hons.), Geography and Resource Development (major), University of Ghana, Legon.



ISDS 704:  Project Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, ISSER, University of Ghana, Legon

ISDS 616:  Development Planning (MA Development Studies), ISSER, University of Ghana

CSPS 712:  Contemporary Spatial Issues in Social Policy (PhD Social Policy Studies), Centre for Social Policy Studies (CSPS), University of Ghana, Legon

GEOG 465:  The City: Origins, Internal Structure & Economic Structure (BA Geography & Resource Development), University of Ghana, Legon.

GEOG 464:  Cities in Economic Development & Problems of Urban Management (BA Geography & Resource Development), University of Ghana, Legon.

GEOG 3050:  Theories of Social Change (MPhil Social Change), Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.


Supervised over 20 PhD students as Principal or Co-Supervisor, and examined over 30 PhD theses from universities in Ghana, Australia, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Over 45 successfully supervised MA/MPhil theses.


Aug 2020-Date  Dean, School of Social Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon

Jun 2016-date   Professor, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER),   University of Ghana, Legon

Aug. 2016-Jul 2020 Director, Centre for Urban Management Studies (CUMS), University of Ghana, Legon

Aug. 2012-Jul 2017 Head, Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Legon.

Sep 2011-Jun 2016 Associate Professor, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon

Apr 2011-Jul 2012 Head of Social Division, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon

Dec 2008-Sep 2011 Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon

Aug 2006-Mar 2011 Graduate Programmes Coordinator, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon

Jul 2005-Dec 2008 Research Fellow, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER),   University of Ghana, Legon

Sep 2004-Jan 2005 University Lecturer (MPhil course GEOG 3050: Theories of Social Change),Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU),                                          Trondheim, Norway.

Sep 2001-Sep 2004  Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geography, Norwegian University of   Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.

Jan-Sep 2000    Senior Programme Officer, PAB Development Planning Consultants Limited,   Ghana

Mar-Dec 2000   Research Assistant, Good Governance Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs, (IEA),   Ghana

Oct 1996-Jun 1997 Administrative Officer, Gentec Energy (Ghana) Limited, Ghana


Edited Books

1) Owusu, G., Osei, R.D. & Asante, F.A. (Eds.) (2017). Development Policies and Practices in Ghana: A Reader. Accra: Sub-Saharah Publishers.

2) Owusu, G., Agyei-Mensah, S., Yankson, P.W.K & Attua, E.M (Eds.) (2013). Selected Readings in Geography. Accra: University of Ghana/Woeli Publishing Services.

Chapters in Books

3) Owusu, G. & Crentsil, A. O. (2020). The right to the city: An African perspective, In A. Spire & M. Morange (Eds.), Vivre et Construire le Droit a la Ville: Experiences au Sud (pp. 39-52).                    Paris: Nanterre Univ. Press.

4) Owusu, G. & Frimpong, L. K. (2020). Crime geography. Kobayashi, A. (ed.), International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography.

5) Owusu, A. Y., Oteng-Ababio, M., Owusu, G., Wrigley-Asante, C. & Agyekum, M. W. (2019). Opening up or closing off: Urbanisation, violent crime and the poverty penalty in Ghana’s four              largest cities, In: J. E. Salahub, M. Gottsbacher, J. de Boer & M. D. Zaaroura (Eds.), Reducing Urban Violence in the Global South. London: Routledge. 

6) Owusu, G. & Yankson, P.W.K. (2017). Urbanization in Ghana: Retrospect and prospects, In: E. Aryeetey and R. Kanbur (Eds.), The Economy of Ghana Sixty Years After Independence                         (pp. 207- 222). London: Oxford University Press.

7) Owusu, G. & Crentsil, A. O. (2017). Spatial context of development policy and practice, In G. Owusu, R.D. Osei & F. A. Asante (Eds.), Development Policies and Practices in Ghana: A Reader (pp.       120-137). Accra: University of Ghana/Sub-Saharan Publishers.

8) Owusu, G., Osei, R.D. & Asante, F.A. (2017). Introduction: Shifting meanings of development thinking and practice, In: G. Owusu, R. D. Osei. & F. A. Asante (Eds.), Development Policies and          Practices in Ghana: A Reader (pp. 1-19). Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers.

9) Owusu, G., Yankson, P. & Osei, R. (2016). Youth entrepreneurship in Ghana: Current trends and policies. In K. Gough & T. Langevang (Eds.), Young Entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa                 (pp. 32-47). London: Routledge.

10) Yankson, P. W. K. & Owusu, G. (2016). Prospects and challenges of youth entrepreneurship in Nima-Maamobi, a low-income neighbourhood of Accra, In: K. Gough & T. Langevang (Eds.),              Young Entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa (pp. 94-107). London: Routledge. 

11) Owusu, G. & Asante, F. A. (2014). District Assembly financing of local level development. In P. Quartey, E. B-D. Aryeetey & C. G. Ackah (Eds.), Domestic Resource Mobilisation for Inclusive            Development in Ghana (pp. 113-137). Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers/ISSER.

12) Owusu, G. & Afutu-Kotey, R. L. (2014). Natural resources and domestic resource mobilization in Ghana: The case of the gold mining industry. In P. Quartey, E. B-D Aryeetey & C. G. Ackah            (Eds.), Domestic Resource Mobilisation for Inclusive Development in Ghana (pp. 338-367). Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers/ISSER.

13) Owusu, G. & Baffoe, H. J. B. (2014). Oil and the Western Region: Implications for regional and local development. In E. Aryeetey, R. D. Osei & P. Quartey (Eds.), Managing Ghana’s Oil Boom for        Structural Transformation (pp. 196-224). Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers/ISSER.

14) Owusu, G. (2014). Housing the urban poor in Ghana’s largest metropolitan area, Accra: What is the role of the state in the era of liberalization and globalization? In C. Brun, P. Blaikie & M.            Jones (Eds.), Alternative Development: Unravelling Marginalization, Voicing Change (pp. 73-85). London: Ashgates Publishing Limited.

15) Owusu, G. (2013). Factors shaping economic integration and regional trade in West Africa. In R. Sohn & A. K. Oppong (Eds.), Regional Trade and Monetary Integration in West Africa and                Europe (pp. 9-32). Bonn/Praia: Centre for European Integration Studies (ZEI)/West Africa Institute (WAI).

16) Owusu, G. (2011). Small towns and decentralized development in Ghana: A strategy for dispersed urbanization?’ In P. Bouvier, J. Bakole & D. Swinne (Eds.), Poverty in Medium and Small                Cities of Developing Countries (pp. 189-207). Brussels: UN-Habitat/Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences of Belgium. 

17) Owusu, G. (2006). The changing views on the role of small towns in rural and regional development in Sub-Saharan Africa. In A. Green & R. Leech (Eds.), Cities in the World, 1500-2000                (pp. 49-60). London: Maney Publishing. 2002

18) Owusu, G. (2002). ‘Whose space and place? Ethical implications of the ‘rural’ – ‘urban’ divide and current development Processes in Sub-Saharan Africa. In G. Setten (Ed,) Acta Geographica           Trondheim, Series A, No. 2 (pp. 220-226). Trondheim: NTNU, Norway.

19) Owusu, G. (2006). Urban poverty and decentralisation in Ghana: An assessment of Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies’ capacity to address urban poverty. In Awusabo-Asare, K., Agyei-          Mensah, S. and Jorgensen, S. H. (Eds.), The Changing Faces of Poverty in Ghana. Proceedings of the ‘NUFU’ Workshop, October 2005, University of Cape Coast. pp. 65-77.

Edited Journals (Special Issues)

20) Katherine V. Gough, K.V., Langevang, T. and Owusu, G. (Eds.) (2013).  Special Issue: Youth employment in a globalising world. International Development Planning Review, 35 (2).                          DOI:10.3828/idpr.2013.7

21) Owusu, G. (Ed.) (2016). Urban crime and poverty nexus. Ghana Journal of Geography (Special Issue), 8(1).

Articles in Refereed/Peer-reviewed Journals

22) Owusu, G. (2020). Cities and decentralization in Africa: Some reflections and challenges from Ghana. Equilibri 24(2), 529-542.

23) Owusu, G. & Wrigley-Asante, C. (2020). Urban inequality and poverty in the global south. Equilibri (Special Issue 2020), 79-90.

24) Tahiru, A., Sackey, B., Owusu, G. & Bawakyillenuo, S. (2019). Building the adaptive capacity for livelihood improvements of Sahel Savannah farmers through NGO-led                                               adaptation interventions. Climate Risks Management 26 (2019).

25) Wrigley-Asante, C., Frimpong, L. K., Owusu, G. & Oteng-Ababio, M. (2019). Determinants of perceived insecurity and its consequences in a low-income community in Accra, Ghana.                      Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability 12(4), 476-495.

26) Bagson, E., Owusu, G. & Oteng-Ababio, M. (2019). Determinant of safety and liveability in Kumasi and Tamale metropolitan areas in urban Ghana.                                                                           Ghana Journal of Development Studies, 16(2), 91-112.

27) Gough, K.V., Langevang, T., Yankson, P. & Owusu, G. (2019). Shaping geographies of informal education: A Global South perspective. Annals of the American Association of Geographers.              DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2019.1602466.

28) Oteng-Ababio, M., Owusu, G. & Asafo, D. M. (2019). Following the footsteps: Urbanisation of Wa Municipality and its synergism in risk accumulation, uncertainties and complexities in urban          Ghana. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies. 11(1), 1-10.

29) Frimpong, L. K., Oteng-Ababio, M., Owusu, G. & Wrigley-Asante, C. (2018). Public confidence in the police: Tests of instrumental and expressive models in a developing country city.                      Police Practice and Research. DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2018.1525380.

30) Ezzati, M., Webster, C. J., Doyle, Y. G., Rashid, S., Owusu, G. & Leung, G. M. (2018). Cities for global health. BMJ (British Medical Journal). 2018;363:k3794. http://doi: 10.1136/bmj.k3794              (Published 3 October 2018).

31) Crentsil, A. O. & Owusu, G. (2018). Accra’s decongestion policy: Another face of urban clearance or bulldozing approach? International Development Policy|Revue internationale de politique          de développement.

32) Frimpong, L. K., Oteng-Ababio, M., Owusu, G. & Wrigley-Asante, C. (2018). Collective efficacy and fear of crime in urban neighbourhoods in Ghana. Safer Communities: A Journal of Practice,        Opinion, Policy and Research 17(3), 167-181.

33) Quartey, P., Danquah, M., Owusu, G. & Iddrisu, A. M. (2018). Unmasking the contributing factors of entrepreneurial activities among men and women in Ghana. Journal of Economic Studies,          45(1), 114-125.

34) Afutu-Kotey, R.L., Gough, K. & Owusu, G. (2017). Young entrepreneurs in the mobile telephony sector in Ghana: From necessities to aspirations. Journal of African Business 18(4), 476-491.

35) Oteng-Ababio, M., Owusu, G., Wrigley-Asante, C. & Owusu, A.Y. (2016). Longitudinal analysis of crime trends and patterns in Ghana (1980-2010): A new perspective. African Geographical            Review 35(3), 193-211.

36) Owusu, G. (2016). Introduction: Crime and poverty nexus. Ghana Journal of Geography (Special Issue), 8(1), 1–12.

37) Owusu, G., Oteng-Ababio, M., Owusu, A. Y. & Wrigley-Asante, C. (2016). Can poor neighbourhoods be correlated with crime? Evidence from urban Ghana. Ghana Journal of Geography                  (Special Issues), 8(1), 13-33.

38) Wrigley-Asante. C., Owusu, G., Oteng-Ababio, M. & Owusu, A.Y. (2016). Poverty and crime: Uncovering the hidden face of sexual crimes in urban low-income communities in Ghana.                       Ghana Journal of Geography (Special Issue), 8(1), 34-52.

39) Owusu, G., Owusu, A. Y., Martin Oteng-Ababio, M., Wrigley-Asante, C. & Agyapong, I. (2016). An assessment of households' perceptions of private security companies and crime in                        urban Ghana. Crime Science 5(5). DOI: 10.1186/s40163-016-0053-x

40) Oteng-Ababio, M., Owusu, A. Y., Owusu, G. & Wrigley-Asante, C. (2016). Geographies of crime and collective efficacy in urban Ghana. Territory, Politics, Governance.                                            DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2016.1159602.

41) Owusu, G. (2015). Decentralized development planning and fragmentation of regional development in Ghana: The case of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area. Ghana Journal of                             Geography, 7(1), 1-24.

42) Owusu, G., Wrigley-Asante, C., Oteng-Ababio, M. & Owusu, A. Y. (2015). Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and built-environmental manifestations in Accra and                  Kumasi, Ghana. Crime Prevention & Community Safety, 17(4), 270-290.

43) Gough, K.V., Langevang, T., Yankson, P., Owusu, G. & Osei, R. (2015). Bounded entrepreneurial vitality: The mixed embeddedness of female entrepreneurship.                                                       Economic Geography, 91(4), 449-473.

44) Yankson, P.W.K. & Owusu, G. (2015). Youth entrepreneurship in auto spare parts sales and repair service in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Developing Countries Studies, 5(4), 84-97

45) Oteng-Ababio, M., Chama, M. & Owusu, G. (2015). Intelligent enterprise: wasting, valuing and re-valuing waste electrical and electronic equipment. The Geographical Journal 182(3).             

46) Owusu, G. & Oteng-Ababio, M. (2015). Moving unruly contemporary urbanism toward sustainable urban development in Ghana by 2030. American Behavioral Scientists (ABS) 59(3),                        311 –327. DOI: 10.1177/0002764214550302.

47) Agyei-Mensah, S., Owusu, G. & Wrigley-Asante, C. (2015). The MDGs and urban health in Africa, International Development Planning Review (IDPR) DOI: 10.3828/idpr.2015.6, 53-60

48) Steel, W. F., Ujoranyi, T. D. & Owusu, G. (2014). Why evictions don’t deter street traders: Case study in Accra. Ghana. Ghana Social Science Journal, 11(2), 50-73

49) Owusu, G., Amponsah, E., Codjoe, S. N. & Afutu-Kotey, R. L. (2014). How do Ghana’s landfills affect residential property values? A case study of two sites in Accra. Urban Geography,                     35(8), 1140-115.

50) Owusu, G. (2014). Obeng-Odoom, Franklin. 2013. Governance for pro-poor urban development: Lessons from Ghana. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift-Norwegian Journal of Geography 68(4),              pp. 260-261. DOI: 10.1080/00291951.2014.924552

51) Codjoe, S.N., Owusu, G. & Virginia, B. (2013). Perception, experience, and indigenous knowledge of climate change and variability: The case of Accra, a Sub-Saharan African city.                            Regional Environmental Change DOI: 10.1007/s10113-013-0500-0

52) Gough, K.V., Langevang, T. & Owusu, G.  (2013). Youth employment in a globalising world: An introduction. International Development Planning Review (Special Issue), 35(2), 91-102.

53) Owusu, G. (2013). Coping with urban sprawl: A critical discussion of the urban containment strategy in a developing country city, Accra, Planum: The Journal of Urbanism 26(1), 1-17.          

54) Bloch, R. & Owusu, G. (2012). Linkages in Ghana’s gold mining industry: Challenging the enclave thesis. Resources Policy, 37(4), 434-442

55) Owusu, G., Oteng-Ababio, M. & Afutu-Kotey, R. L. (2012). Conflicts and governance of landfills in a developing country city, Accra. Landscape and Urban Planning, 104(1), 105-113. DOI:              10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.10.005

56) Agyei-Mensah, S. & Owusu, G. (2012). Ethnic residential clusters in Nima, Accra. Urban Forum, 23(1), 133-149. DOI: 10.1007/s12132-011-9127-8.

57) Owusu, G. (2011). The operation of traditional landholding institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa: A case study of Ghana, Raymond Abdulai, Berlin: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010, 345              pp., ISBN 978383833690 Paperback. Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies (JIRECS), 1(2), 201-203

58) Codjoe, N. S. & Owusu, G. (2011). Climate change/variability and food systems: Evidence from the Afram Plains, Ghana. Regional Environmental Change, 11(4), 753-765.

59) Owusu, G. and Agyei-Mensah, S. (2011). Comparative study of ethnic residential segregation in Ghana's two largest cities, Accra and Kumasi. Population and Environment, 32(4), 332-352.

60) Owusu, G. and Afutu-Kotey, R. L. (2010). Poor urban communities and municipal interface in Ghana: Case study of Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis. African Studies Quarterly,                    12(1, Fall 2010), 1-16. 

61) Owusu, G. (2010). Social effects of poor sanitation and waste management on poor urban communities: A neighbourhood-specific study of Sabon Zongo, Accra. Journal of Urbanism:                    International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 3(2), 145-160.

62) Agyei-Mensah, Samuel & Owusu, G. (2010). Segregated by neighbourhoods? A portrait of ethnic diversity in the neighbourhoods of the Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana. Population,                        Space and Place 16(6), 499-516.

63) Owusu, G. (2009). Urban growth and changing land access and rights in peri-urban areas of Ghana’s largest metropolises, Accra and Kumasi. African Population Studies, 23, 253-281.

64) Owusu, G. (2009). Internal boundaries and district administration: A challenge to decentralization and district development in Ghana. Geografiska Annaler 91 (1), 57-71.

65) Owusu, G. (2009). Corporate social responsibility and urban development: Lessons from the South’, Edmundo Werna, Ramin Keivani and David Murphy, London and New York, Palgrave-                 MacMillan, 2009, 245 pp., ISBN 978-0-230-52532-0, book review, International Development Planning Review, 31(4), pp. 446-448.

66) Owusu, G. (2008). ‘Indigenes’ and migrants’ access to land in peri-urban areas of Ghana’s largest city of Accra. International Development Planning Review (IDPR), 30(2), 177-198.

67) Owusu, G. (2008). The role of small towns in poverty reduction and regional development in Ghana. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), 32(2), 453-472

68) Owusu, G. (2008). Mobilising revenue for district development: The dilemma of local governments, District Assemblies, in Ghana. Afriche e Orienti (Special Issue II 2008: Decentralising                Power and Resource Control in sub-Saharan Africa), 22-37.

69) Otiso, M. K. & Owusu, G. (2008). Comparative urbanization in Ghana and Kenya in time and space. GeoJournal, 71(2/3), 143-157.

70) Owusu, G., Agyei-Mensah, S. & Lund, R. (2008). ‘Slums of hope and slums of despair: Mobility and livelihoods in Nima, Accra. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift – Norwegian Journal of Geography,          62(3), 180-190.

71) Awotwi, J. A. & Owusu, G. (2008). Lack of equal access to ICTs by women: An e-governance issue. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, 232, 452-458.                                         60558-386

72) Owusu, G. & Lund, R. (2007). The role of market women in rural-urban linkages in Ghana: A Case study of two district capitals and their hinterlands. Legon Journal of Sociology 2(2), 37-67.

73) Owusu, G. & Yankson, P. W. K (2007). ‘’Poverty in Ghana is basically a rural phenomenon’: Are we underestimating urban poverty. Ghana Journal of Development Studies, 4(1), 87-105.

74) Awotwi, J. A. & Owusu, G. (2007). E-Governance in an environment with limited resources: A case study of Ghana. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, 232, 345-348.                

75) Owusu, G. (2005). Small towns in Ghana: Justifications for their promotion under the decentralisation programme. African Studies Quarterly, 8, 48-69. [online] URL:                                     

76) Owusu, G. (2005). The role of district capitals in regional development: Linking small towns, rural-urban linkages and decentralisation in Ghana. International Development Planning Review,          27(1), 59-89.

77) Owusu, G. (2004). Small towns and decentralised development in Ghana: Theory and practice. Afrika Spectrum, 39(2), 165-195.

78) Owusu, G. & Lund, R. (2004). Markets and women’s trade: Exploring their role in district development in Ghana. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift – Norwegian Journal of Geography,                               58(3), 113-124.

Technical Publications/Working Papers

79)  Osei-Akoto, I., Bawakyillenuo, S., Owusu, G. & Agbelie, I. (2019). Seasonal employment and poverty reduction: An impact evaluation of labour-intensive public works in Ghana.                               ISSER Technical Publication No. 93. Accra: ISSER. 

80) Awumbila, M., Owusu, G. & Teye, J.K. (2014). Can rural-urban migration contribute to poverty reduction?  Evidence from Ghana. MOP Working Paper 13 (April 2014). University of Sussex.              []

81) Domfe, G., Osei-Akoto, I., Amuakwa-Mensah, F. & Owusu, G. (2013). Labour market analysis and business process outsourcing in Ghana: Poverty reduction through information and                      digital employment initiative. Research Report No. 2. University of Kwazulu-Natal/ISSER/Rockefeller Foundation.

82) Bloch, R. & Owusu, G. (2011). Linkages in Ghana’s gold mining industry: Challenging the enclave thesis. MMCP Discussion Paper 1 (March 2011), University of Cape Town/                                    Open University, UK.

83) Aryeetey, E., Owusu, G. & Mensah, E. J. (2009). An Analysis of Poverty and Regional Inequalities in Ghana. GDN Working Paper Series 27. Washington/New Dehli: GDN.

84) Owusu, G. & Agyei, J. (2008). Changes in land access, rights and livelihoods in peri-urban Ghana: The case of Accra, Kumasi and Tamale Metropolis.                                                                        ISSER Technical Publication No. 83. Accra: ISSER.

85) Owusu, G. (2005). ‘The implications of traditional and modern governance for decentralisation in Ghana. Acta Geographica Trondheim Series B, 5, NTNU, Norway.

86) Yankson, P.W.K., Owusu, G., Gough, K., Osei, R. and Langevang, T. (2011). Global Entrepreneurship Monitor: GEM Ghana 2010 Executive Report. Accra: ISSER Policy Briefs

87) Owusu, G., Wrigley-Asante, C., Oteng-Ababio, M. & Owusu, A.Y. (2015). Urban crime prevention and community social cohesion: The case of urban Ghana.                                                              ISSER Policy Brief, 2 (August 2015). Accra: ISSER.

88) Wrigley-Asante, C., Owusu, G., Oteng-Ababio, M. & Owusu, A.Y. (2015). Sexual crimes in Ghana: Does poverty play a role? ISSER Policy Brief, 4 (November 2015). Accra: ISSER.

89) Owusu, G. (2020). Affordable housing in Ghana. ISSER Policy Brief, 1 (September 2020). Accra: ISSER.


Research Interests

• Urbanization and urban planning

• Regional development and planning

• Small and Medium-sized urban centres

• Decentralization and Local Government

• Urban/Peri-urban Land Tenure and Land Administration

• Landfill and Waste Management

• Urban Youth, Enterprises and Employment

• Urban Crime and Violence

Selected Research Activities

2019-2024 Making Africa Urban (MAU): The Transcalar Politics of Urban Development funded by EU (Co-Investigator).

2018-2022 Mobility and Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) involving 5 African universities:                         University of Ghana, University of Cape Town, Wits University, University of Nairobi and University of Zimbabwe (Principal Investigator, Ghana component).

2018-2022  Bosch Pan African College on Sustainable Cities funding from Robert Bosch Stiftung involving 4 African universities: University of Ghana, University of Cape Town, Wits University                          and University of Nairobi (Principal Investigator, Ghana component).

2018-2021 Pathways to Equitable Healthy Cities (PEHC). This is a 4-year research project funded by the Welcome Trust involving two cities in Ghana (Accra and Tamale) and other cities in UK,                         Canada, Iran, Hong Kong and Bangladesh. The study involves Imperial College London, University of Ghana and a dozen other universities in the selected countries (Co-Investigator).

2018-2019 Partnership Facilitation and City Diagnostics to Support Equitable Economic Growth in two Secondary Cities (Agona Swedru and Cape Coast) in Ghana. This project is funded by the                         Cities Alliance/United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), a subsidiary organ of the United Nations (Co-Investigator)

2014-2016  Impact Evaluation of Ghana Social Accountability Mechanism (GSAM). Evaluation of the service and project delivery performance of 150 rural District Assemblies (Local Government)                        in Ghana. Collaborative project between ISSER and Harvard University, and funded by the USAID (Co-Investigator).

2014-2015 Consultant, Needs Assessment in Cocoa Life Cocoa Growing Communities in Ghana. A collaborative project between Department of Geography & Resource Development and The                           President and Fellows of Harvard College, USA (Co-Investigator)

2013-2016 Exploring Crime and Poverty Nexus in Urban Ghana. This 3-year research funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)/Department for International                                         Development (DFID). It is a collaborative research between ISSER and the Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Legon (Principal Investigator).

2012-2016 Impact Evaluation of the Labour-Intensive Public Works (LIPW) Component of the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP). Assignment carried on behalf of the Ministry of Local                           Government and Rural Development (MLG&RD) and the World Bank (Co-Investigator)

2012-2016 RurbanAfrica: Connections between Rural Areas and Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is EU funded research project (Grant No. 290732) involving 9 universities in Africa and Europe.                     The study is being carried out in 4 African countries: Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania and Cameroun (Co-Investigator).

2009-2013 Youth and Employment: The Role of Entrepreneurship in African Economies (YEMP). This is a 4-year study involving three countries (Ghana, Uganda and Zambia) and five                                         institutions:  Department of Geography and Geology/Copenhagen Business School (University of Copenhagen), Makerere University Business School (Makerere University), ISSER                             (University of Ghana) and Department of Development Studies (University of Zambia). The study is funded by DANIDA/Danish Research Council (Principal Investigator,Ghana                                   component).

2009-2010 Socio-economic Effects of Landfills in a Less Developed Country: A Case Study of Mallam and Oblogo Landfills, Accra, Ghana. This study was funded by the International Foundation                        for Science (IFS), Sweden (Principal Investigator).

2008-2011 Gold Mining in Ghana: Making the Most of Commodities Project (MMCP). This study is funded by the IDRC/Department of Economics, University of Cape Town/Open University, UK                         (Co-Investigator)

2008-2009 Situational Analysis of Selected Communities in Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi. This research project is part of large project titled Slum Communities Achieving Livable Environments                          with Urban Partners (SCALE-UP) funded by CHF-Ghana/Gates Foundation (Principal Investigator).

2008-2009 Analysis of Poverty and Regional Inequalities in Ghana. The study is being carried out with Ernest Aryeetey (ISSER, University of Ghana), and funded by the Global Development                               Network (GDN)/UNDP (Principal Investigator).

2006-2007 ‘Added Value’ Evaluation of Thematic Co-financing (TMF) Organisations and Partners (Dutch funded NGOs) in Ghana. The study was Effectiveness of Dutch funded NGOs in Ghana. It                        was carried out jointly with the Centre for Development Issues, Nijmegen (CIDIN), University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands (Co-Investigator).

2006-2007 Changes in Land Access, Rights and Livelihoods in Peri-urban Ghana: The Case of Accra, Kumasi and Tamale Metropolis. Study undertaken with John Agyei  (ISSER, University of                             Ghana) and funded by ISSER/USAID (Principal Investigator).