George Owusu

Title/Position:  Senior Research Fellow
Department/Faculty/Institution: Institute of Statistical, Social & Economic Research, University of Ghana
  PhD (Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology), M.Phil (Social Change, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

MCRI Projects: C1: Africa

Background: George Owusu holds a PhD in Geography (with focus on urban and regional development) and a Master of Philosophy degree in Social Change - all from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. He obtained his B.A (Hons.) degree from the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. Currently, Dr Owusu is a Senior Research Fellow in ISSER, University of Ghana, Legon. He is also the Coordinator of Graduate Programmes (MA, MPhil., PhD) at ISSER. Dr. Owusu’s main areas of research include urbanization and regional development, land tenure, decentralization and participatory approaches to development. He has also in recent times focused on youth unemployment in urban Ghana.

Research Interests: Urban and regional development; Decentralization; Participatory approaches to development.

Select Publications:

Owusu, G. (2011) Housing the Urban Poor in Ghana’s Largest Metropolitan Area, Accra: What is the Role of State in the Era of Liberalization and Globalization?, Brun, C.,  Jones, M and Blaikie, P. (eds.): Unravelling Marginalisation and Voicing Change: Alternative Geographies of Development (forthcoming Sages Publication)

Owusu, G. (2011) Population Growth, Urbanization and Housing in Ghana. National Population Council Technical Publication, Accra: NPC (forthcoming)

Owusu, G. (2011) ‘Small Towns and Decentralized Development in Ghana: A Strategy for Dispersed Urbanization?’ (a publication by the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences of Belgium/UN-Habitat, forthcoming)

Codjoe, N. S. and Owusu, G. (2011) ‘Climate Change/Variability and Food Systems: Evidence from the Afram Plains, Ghana’,Regional Environmental Change (forthcoming)

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 DOI 10.1007/s11111-010-0131-z (early bird online publication).

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 Vol. 12(1, Fall 2010), pp. 1-16.

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 Vol. 3(2), pp. 145-160.

Awotwi, J. E. and Owusu, G. (2010) ‘Ghana’s Community Information Centres (CiCs): E-Governance Success or Mirage?’, Journal of E-Governance Vol. 33(3), pp. 157-167.

Agyei-Mensah, Samuel and Owusu, George (2010) ‘Segregated by Neighbourhoods? A Portrait of Ethnic Diversity in the Neighbourhoods of the Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana’, Population, Space and Place Vol. 16(6), pp. 499-516.

Owusu, George.  (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, in International Development Planning Review, 31(4), pp. 446-448.

Owusu, George (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, pp. 253-281.

Aryeetey, Ernest, Owusu, George and Mensah, Emmanuel J. (2009) 'An Analysis of Poverty and Regional Inequalities in Ghana',Working Paper Series 27, Washinton/NewDehli: GDN.

Owusu, George. (2009) ‘Internal Boundaries and District Administration: A Challenge to Decentralization and District Development in Ghana’, in Geografiska Annaler 91 (1), pp. 57-71.