Dr. Kennedy A. Alatinga is Senior Lecturer and Dean of the Faculty of Planning and Land Management, SD-Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Wa, Ghana. Dr. Alatinga holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of The Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. He also holds an MPA (CUM LAUDE) from UWC, MA in International Development Management from the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany and BA in Integrated Development Studies, from the University for Development Studies, (UDS), Ghana. Dr. Alatinga also holds Certificates in Public Policy Analysis from Maastricht Graduate School of Governance in the Netherlands, Policy Communication from the Population Reference Bureau, Washington D.C., USA, Academic Writing from the Africa Study Center, University of Michigan, USA. In 2013, he won the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Awards for research stay at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, he was affiliated to the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, where he took courses in Quantitative Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation. In 2014, he won the prestigious Population Reference Bureau’s Policy Communication Fellowship for 2014-2015. Dr. Alatinga also holds a Certificate in Population and Development from Brown University, USA, having won the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes Fellowship in Population and Development in 2015. He also won a DAAD scholarship for his Ph.D. and MA degrees in 2012 and 2008 respectively. Dr. Alatinga has published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of public policy, poverty and access to health care, amongst others. His research interests are in the areas of social policy and health protection
Head, Department of Planning
Dr. Bernard A. A. Akanbang
Dr. Akanbang is an Associate Professor in Development Planning and Head of the Department of Planning of the SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies. He holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Philosophy Degrees in Planning and a PhD Degree in Development Studies. He has fifteen years of teaching, research and consultancy experience in development planning. His research interest is in development monitoring and evaluation, decentralized governance, water and sanitation planning and management and rural and urban transformations.
Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Dep. of Planning
Dr. Millicent Awialie Akaateba
Dr. Millicent Awialie Akaateba is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Planning and Land Management at the SDD-UBIDS, Wa. She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Berlin, an MSc in Transport Planning and the Environment from the University of Leeds and a BSc in Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She is known for her research on hybrid planning, coproduction, neo-customary land management, road safety and informal urban transport. She had previously worked in private consultancy as an Urban/Transport Planner. Her general research interests cover issues relating to urban planning, customary land administration, sustainable urban development, urban transport planning, hybrid governance, traffic safety, strategic planning and critical urbanism in sub-Saharan Africa. She has published widely in peer reviewed journals and also serves as a peer reviewer for local and international journals.
Dr. Akaateba is a corporate member of the Ghana Institute of Planners and has over 10 years of research and teaching experience in transport planning, land use policy and planning and sustainable urban development. Her research has over the years contributed to understanding how rapid urbanization processes and unplanned urban growth are contributing to sustainability and informality challenges in Ghana. It has also highlighted the role of informal urban transport in road traffic accidents and their public health implications. Dr Akaateba is an Associate Researcher of the Habitat Unit of the Technical University of Berlin and a visiting scholar of the WITS-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Research Interests (key words only)
Urban planning; land administration; land use policy planning; transport planning; urban sustainability; urban governance and informal urbanism; strategic planning
Lecturer, Dep. of Planning
Dr. Abubakari Ahmed
Qualifications (Degree/Education) with dates:
Ph.D. in Sustainability Science, September 2018, University of Tokyo, Japan M.Sc. in Environmental Governance, March, 2014, United Nations University, Japan B.Sc. in Development Planning, June 2011, KNUST, Ghana
My research interest lie at the intersection of climate adaptation, water, food and energy geographies, urban inequality and sustainability science. My research over the years seek to understand the household sustainability implications of systematic changes and (re)configurations of water, energy and food sectors in African cities. I often use transdisciplinary methods anchored on analytical approaches such as urban political ecology, social practices, and sustainability assessments. I have focused mainly on issues related to critical resource systems especially water, energy and food by trying to deepen the understanding of the socio-material, political and ecological processes shaping inequalities in access, distribution, use and control of these resources in African cities and rural areas. Underpinning much of my work is the desire to contribute to discourses on urban political ecology of water, energy and food (in)securities and also provide empirical evidence for policy and innovation on city-based solutions for urban sustainability at the household level. As a recipient of the Green Talent Award, Alexander von Humboldt fellowship and the International Foundation for Science (IFS), I have received several others grants geared toward specific topics within the framework of rural and urban sustainability in the context of water, energy and food systems from the perspective of political ecology.
Lecturer, Dep. of Planning
Dr. Eunice Yorgri
Eunice Yorgri is proactive and fundamentally fascinated about issues relating to human settlements, inequalities and urban/rural poverty. She acquired a teacher’s certificate from Tamale Training College, Tamale (Ghana). She also pursued her Bachelor’s degree at the University for Development Studies, Wa (Ghana), Masters and Doctorate’s degrees at the Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin (China). She has worked in diverse capacities both on national and international platforms. She has also participated in a couple of conferences both within the academia and in the corporate world. Dr. Yorgri loves to conduct researches on slums, human settlement, among others and prides with issues of voluntarism and charity. She has five (5) conference papers and one journal paper. Her dream is to own a consultancy and a research institute.
Research Interest (But not limited to)
Slum and slum upgrading
Parking Planning and Policy
Healthy Urban Planning
Infrastructure planning, policy and management
Public and open space
Lecturer, Dep. of Planning
Dr. Emile Akangoa Adumpo
Dr. Emile A. Adumpo is a lecturer at the Planning Department of the Faculty of Planning and Land Management. He holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Sociology from the Humboldt University of Berlin, MSc Development Policy and Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology and BA Social Sciences (Economics& Sociology) from the university of Cape Coast. Emile’s research interest is in the areas of social inequality and educational policy and Planning.
Research Interests (keywords only)
Social inequality; Social exclusion and inclusion; development policy and planning; social policy
Development Policy and planning, social inequality, Social Mobility
Lecturer , Dep. of Planning
Avogo Florence Abugtane
A Lecturer at the Planning Department of SDD-UBIDS and a PhD Student at TU Berlin, Germany. Avogo Florence Abugtane holds a BSC and MPhil in Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi, Ghana and MSc. in Urban Management and Development from Institute for Housing Studies, Rotterdam The Netherlands. Research interest is in low-income housing, livelihoods of the urban poor and Development Controls
Research Areas: Development Controls, Housing and Livelihoods
Current Projects: Transformation of Family Compound Housing in Ghana. Implications for Low Income Housing
Offer guidance and support as a Patroness to the International Movement of Catholic Students Union Choir (PAX Romana Choir) and Annual contributor to CAMFED Workshops for Parents of new Scholars for tertiary students in Wa.
Mr. Nelson Nyabanyi
Nelson joined the Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Planning, Faculty of Planning and Land Management in 2021. Nelson’s background is in Urban Planning with broad experience in urban and regional planning gained through practice, teaching and research in Ghana.
Mr. N-yanbini holds an MPhil in Planning and a Bachelor of Science in Human Settlement Planning, both from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He previously worked and as a Teaching and Research Assistant in at the Department of Planning, KNUST in 2017-2018 and as a Project Coordinator in Family Support Lifeline (NGO) from 2020 till September, 2021. Nelson is also the Chief Executive Officer of Ideation Research and Consultancy Services, a fast-growing research consortium in urban planning, human geography and sustainable development.
Nelson’s areas of research interests are climate change and development, urban and regional planning, urban tourism, urban design and sustainability and land governance. Nelson has three publications in reputable journals. He has collaborated with other researchers from Charles Sturt University, Australia, University of Melbourne, Australia and Copenhagen University, Denmark. These collaborations are broadly in ecotourism development, environmental sustainability and gender and sustainable development in Ghana.
Department:, Dep. of Planning
Head, Dep. of Community Development
Prof. Samuel Ziem Bonye
Prof. Samuel ZiemBonye is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Development, SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies with 13 years of teaching and research experience. He holds PhD in Endogenous Development. He has vast knowledge and practical experiences in development issues through research and with over 30 publications in reputable local and international journals. His research focused on land and conflicts; natural resource governance, local knowledge and climate change, eco-tourism and development, poverty and community development.
RESEARCH INTERESTS (KEYWORDS ONLY)
land and conflicts,
natural resource governance,
local knowledge and climate change,
eco-tourism and development,
poverty and community development
Dr. Maxwell Akansina Aziabah
Maxwell Akansina Aziabah is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Development, and the Quality Assurance Officer of the Faculty of Planning and Land Management, Simon DiedongDombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana. He is a Fellow of the Africa Science Leadership Programme, and Member of the German Alumni Water Network. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Humboldt University of Berlin, MSc. in Development Planning and Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi,and BA in Sociology with Philosophy from the University of Ghana, Legon. Maxwell also holds Certificates in Management of Development Projects, and Conflict Management and Conflict Transformation, both from the SLE (Center for Rural Development)of the Humboldt University, and Certificate in Supervision of Doctoral Candidates at African Universities from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He researches into education and social policy, social inequality and social mobility, and theories of institutional change. He is author of the book The Politics of Educational Reform in Ghana: Understanding Structural Persistence in the Secondary School System (2018, Springer AG).
Dr. Maxwell Akansina Aziabah teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Courses being taught at the undergraduate level include Workshop in Community Development Planning, Social Services Planning and Rural Sociology. At the postgraduate level, he teaches Community Development Planning, and Strategic Planning and Management. He has supervised over 30 undergraduate level theses and seminar papers. He currently supervises three postgraduate theses investigating various topics related to Child Marriage and Educational Progression, Practices of Inclusive education, and ICT Infrastructure and Utilisation in Senior Schools.
Dr. Aziabah heads the Quality Assurance Office of the Faculty of Planning and Land Management. In this capacity, he coordinates the work of departmental quality assurance officers to ensure that theFaculty offers standard and satisfactory services in respect of a conducive work environment, teaching, supervision, staff capacity development and examinations among others to staff and students alike in the discharge of its mandate.
Research Interests (keywords only)
Social policy, social inequality, social mobility, higher education, and theories of institutional change.
Lecturer, Dep. of Planning
Dr. Prosper Issahaku Korah
Prosper Issahaku Korah holds PhD in urban and environmental planning from Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. He is a lecturer in urban design and planning at the Department of Planning, Faculty of Planning and Land Management, SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana. Prior to joining SDD UBIDs, Prosper worked as a Sessional Instructor at the School of Environment and Science, Griffith University and was a Project Consultant at TREND, Ghana. Prosper is also an alumnus of the prestigious World Bank Africa Fellowship Program. As a World Bank Africa Fellow, he supported various analytics and operations of the Bank’s Urban Resilience and Land Global Practice in West Africa. His research interests include urban transformation and questions to related to inclusive spatial planning, access to urban services, urban governance, and resilient cities. He has published in reputable journals such as Cities, Habitat International, Land Use Policy, Planning Practice and Research among others.
Dr. Alfred Dongzagla
Dr. Alfred Dongzagla is a Lecturer in the Department of Planning with extensive expertise and experience in water, sanitation, hygiene, Geographic Information System (GIS), development planning, baseline studies and project evaluations. He holds a Ph.D in Geography from the University of Nottingham, UK; MSc. in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (with specialization in Urban Planning and Management) from ITC/University of Twente, Netherlands; and B.A in Integrated Development Studies from the University for Development Studies, Ghana. Before his promotion as a Full-Time Lecturer in March 2020, Dr. Dongzagla had previously worked with the Faculty of Planning and Land Management as a Teaching Assistant (September 2008 – December 2009) and the Department of Planning as a Part-Time Lecturer (2014-2016) and Assistant Lecturer (August 2018 – February 2020). Dr. Dongzagla teaches Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Planning; Spatial Modelling; Satellite Image Processing and Analysis; Applications of ICT in Planning; Quantitative Techniques; and District Development Planning in Ghana. His primary research interest is on sustainable access to and management of WASH services in the Global South. He is also interested in research activities that apply Geo-Information Science methods and techniques in data collection and analysis. He has published over 15 peer reviewed articles in reputable journals. Besides academic work, Dr. Dongzagla also provides research and Geo-Information Science related consultancy services to government agencies, NGOs and private organizations.
Bismarck Yelfogle Guba
Bismarck holds BSc (Hons) in Agriculture (Economics option) and MSc in Development Policy and Planning with speciality in Economic Policy Planning both from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; and a PhD in Livelihoods (International Development and Applied Economics) from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.
Research Interests (key words only)
Migration, livelihoods, climate and environmental change, gender
Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities
Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Appraisal, Project Management, Projecting and Financing, Statistics, Social Services Planning, Management of Community Development Organisations
Department Third Trimester Field Practice Programme Coordinator
Beyuo Naamwintome Alfred
Mr. Beyuo Alfred Naamwintome obtained Master of Philosophy (Mphil.) in Development Studies from the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Ghana and currently a doctor of philosophy (PhD) candidate on Endogenous Development from the said university where he had his first degree-a Bachelor of Science degree, Agriculture Technology with animal science option.
Mr. Beyuo Alfred Naamwintome also holds certificate as a Veterinary Assistant andworked extensively in the Non-Governmental Organizational sector prior to being with the UDS. He also has a number of publication to his credit.
Extensive at the undergraduate level since 2008 and Courses taught include: Agricultural and Rural Development, Indigenous Knowledge and Community Development, Culture and Development, Development Communication, Community Livelihood Analysis, Managing community development, Management of community development organization, Human relation and Community Development, Development Impact Assessment, Literacy, Education and Development
A member of the campus guidance and counseling committee since 2014, Faculty of Planning and Land Management, University for Development Studies.
Dr. Maxwell Okrah
Dr. Maxwell Okrah holds a PhD, in Real Estate and Planning from the University of Reading, UK, MSc, in Development Policy and Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Ghana and Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Development Studies from the University for Development Studies, Ghana. Dr. Okrah is a lecturer in the Department of Planning, SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Wa-Ghana. He is currently the Faculty of Planning and Land Management TTFPP Coordinator. He is also a professional planner, a corporate member of Ghana Institute of Planners, Commonwealth Association of Planners, a member of International Society of City and Regional Planners and Association of European Schools of Planning. He has over 10years experience in teaching and research, and has publications in the areas of participatory planning, decentralized local governance and housing. His research interest areas include development planning and fiscal decentralization, policy planning and management, participatory planning and development related issues including tourism, inland fishery and housing. Dr. Maxwell Okrah was also part of a two (2) member consultancy team that prepared community adaptation plans for twenty (20) communities of Sissala East Municipality in 2021.