About Me

Education

  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2000
    Dissertation: Urban Livelihood Strategies, Institutional Efficiency and Economic Reform in Ghana
  • M.A., Geography, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1992
    Thesis: Regional Inequality in Development and Migration in Ghana (Awarded a Distinction)
  • M.A., Population Studies, United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, 1990
    Thesis: Internal Migration and Development in Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana (Awarded a Distinction)
  • B.A. (Hons), Geography with Archeology, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, 1987

Research Interests

  • Capacity Building & Public sector reforms
  • Globalization & development in Africa
  • China & US policies in Africa
  • Urban Livelihoods and Planning in Africa
  • Urban Food Systems & sustainable development
  • Socio-economic determinants of HIV/AIDS

Positions at Iowa State University

Other Professional Positions

Selected Professional Activities

Selected editorial activities

  • Guest Editor, Progress in Development Studies, (forthcoming) special issue theme: “Beyond the ‘posts’ in African development discourse: exploring real solutions to Africa’s problems” (co-authors: B. Ikubolajeh Logan and Ezekiel Kalipeni),

  • Editorial Board Member and Editor for the African Region, PlacesOnLine – an online project of the Association of American Geographers that brings together virtual online publications about "real" places, 2002–11

  • Guest Editor, Geojournal: An International Journal of Human Geography and Environmental Sciences, special issue theme: “Opportunities and Challenges for Development in Africa” Vol. 62, No.1-2, 2005

Selected Offices held in professional organizations

  • Distinguished External Reference Group member, Capacity Development for Natural Resources Management, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Harare, Zimbabwe (2012-13)

  • Distinguished External Reference Group member, Africa Capacity Development for Agricultural transformation and Food Security, ACBF, Harare, Zimbabwe (2011-12)

  • Member, Technical Advisory Panel and Network (TAPNETs), ACBF, Harare, Zimbabwe. (2011 – present)

  • Distinguished External Reference Group member, Capacity Development in Fragile States, African Capacity Building Foundation, ACBF, Harare, Zimbabwe (2010-11)

  • Member, International Advisory Board of Techiman Heritage Trust, Techiman Traditional Council, Techiman, Ghana (2009-present)

  • Fulbright Specialist Scholar Roster, December 2008-Present.

  • Member, International Research and Scholar Exchange Committee, Association of American Geographers (AAG), 2007-08

  • Chairperson, (elected position) Africa Specialty Group, AAG, (2005 – 2008)

  • Member of Board of Directors, (elected position), Economic Geography Specialty Group, AAG, (2005 – 2007)

  • Member of Board of Directors, (elected position), Africa Specialty Group, AAG, (2002 – 2005)

  • Student Director (elected position), Africa Specialty Group, AAG, (1996-1999)

Selected Awards & Honors

  • Wakonse Fellow, Wakonse Conference on College Teaching, May 22-27, 2008.

  • Memorable Teacher Award, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University, March, 2007. Students nominate inspiring teachers who encourage and help them succeed for this award.

  • 2006 Polster Teaching Award Recipient, College of Design, Iowa State University – Competitive award given to one faculty member in the College of Design each year for teaching excellence, 2006

  • Best Economic Geography Dissertation Award, Economic Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, 2001.

  • Certificate of Commendation from the Governor of Minnesota, Honorable Jesse Ventura for developing the Minnesota Progress Indicator, August 2000.

  • Best Africa Geography Student Paper Award, Africa Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, 1999.

  • Dissertation Fellowship, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota. Winter, 1997.

  • Summer Fellowship, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota. Summer, 1993.

  • Passed with Distinction, MA Dissertation, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 1992.

  • Neil Huckvale Memorial Scholarship, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 1991/92.

  • Carleton University Graduate Students Scholarship, 1990-92.

  • Distinctions in all courses, United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies, Ghana, 1990.

  • Distinction in MA Dissertation, United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies, Ghana, 1990.

  • United Nations Fellowship, United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies, Ghana, 1989-90.


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