Dr. Owusu Amponsah

Senior Lecturer

Dept: Planning
Office of the Postgraduate Programmes' Coordinator
Postgraduate Block, Room FF02
Faculty of Built Environment

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Research Areas/Interests

His research and professional experiences have been in the areas of: Sustainable and inclusive city development Informal urbanism Policy analysis...~more


    Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:



    1. Addai, G., Amponsah, O., & Dinye, R. D. (2023). Social interactions in periodic urban markets and their contributions to sustainable livelihoods: Evidence from Ghana. Regional Sustainability4(4), 369-377.
    2. Asibey, M. O., Asamoah, C. O., Yeboah, V., Poku-Boansi, M., Adutwum, I. O., Takyi, S. A., & Amponsah, O. (2023). Building resilience to flood risks via green space planning in urban Ghana. SN Social Sciences3(11), 188.
    3. Amoah, M., Marful, A. B., Takyi, S. A., Amponsah, O., & Poku-Boansi, M. (2023). Space use in central business district of emerging economies: regulation or rationale?. Urban Governance.
    4. Biliyitorb Liwur, S., Takyi, S. A., Amponsah, O., & Kwesi Quagraine, V. (2023). Spatio-temporal analysis and level of awareness of Ghana’s buffer regulations on ecologically sensitive areas: lessons from the Kumasi Metropolis. African Geographical Review, 1-22.
    5. Liwur, S. B., Takyi, S. A., Asibey, M. O., & Amponsah, O. (2023). Sustainable functional roles of ecologically sensitive areas in the Greater Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana: exploring local perceptions and attitudes from a socio-economic purview. Urban Ecosystems, 1-15.
    6. Takyi, S. A., Ayoo, W. A., Amponsah, O., Liwur, S. B., & Mensah, H. (2023). Making a living out of illegality: effects of street vending on the livelihoods of street vendors in the central business district of Accra. SN Social Sciences, 3(7), 106.
    7. Plange-Rhule, D., Asibey, M. O., Takyi, S. A., & Amponsah, O. (2023). Urban parks under siege: the politics and factors influencing park rezoning and decline in urban Ghana. Urban Governance3(1), 22-34.
    8. Takyi, S. A., Amponsah, O., Sarko, S. B., & Senior, A. Y. (2023). The effects of urban sprawl on the livelihoods of settler communities: lessons from selected municipalities in Ghana. GeoJournal, 1-28.
    9. Takyi, S. A., Asibey, M. O., Amponsah, O., & Opoku, F. (2023). Creating eco-consciousness from the perspective of students: an assessment of the level of environmental literacy among students in Kumasi. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 1-16.
    10. Ofori, R., Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O. and Gagakuma. D. (2023). Mining-induced displacement and resettlement in Ghana: an assessment of the prospects and challenges in selected mining communities. Soc. Netw. Anal. Min. 13, 61: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13278-023-01075-y
    11. Augustine, A. C., Takyi, S. A., & Amponsah, O. (2023). Insouciant, Powerless or Helpless: An Assessment of the Factors that contribute to the Non-compliance with the Regulations that Protect Environmentally Sensitive Areas from the Perspective of Regulatory Agencies. Urban Governance.
    12. Adjetey, L. D., Takyi, S. A., Asibey, M. O., & Amponsah, O. (2023). The fate of urban green spaces: assessment of the ownership, availability and conditions of parks in Accra, Ghana. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 127897.
    13. Amponsah, E., Takyi, S. A., Asibey, M. O., & Amponsah, O. (2023). Achieving sustainable cities: analysis of the factors that influence compliance with telecommunication masts siting standards in Ghana. Urban, Planning and Transport Research11(1), 2159511.
    14. Appiah-Opoku, S., Manu, K. K., Asibey, M. O., & Amponsah, O. (2023). Tragedy of urban green spaces depletion in selected sub-Sahara African major cities.
    15. Adam, A. R., Takyi, S. A., Amponsah, O., & Kyei, K. O. B. (2023). Rethinking sustainable urban management: Effects of urbanization on the socio-spatial structure of the Tamale Metropolis. Urban Governance.


    1. Plange-Rhule, D., Asibey, M.O., Takyi, S.A. and Amponsah, O. (2022). Urban parks under siege; the politics and factors influencing park rezoning and decline in urban Ghana. Urban Governance.
    2. Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O., Darko, G., Peprah, C., Apatewen Azerigyik, R., Mawuko, G.K. and Awolorinke Chiga, A. (2022). Urbanization against ecologically sensitive areas: effects of land use activities on surface water bodies in the Kumasi Metropolis. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development14(1), pp.460-479.
    3. Amaglo, J.N., Takyi, S.A., Asibey, M.O., Amponsah, O., and Mensah, H. (2022). The dilemma of flood occurrence in Accra: climate change or poor land use planning and practices? SN Social Science 2:121. https://doi.org/10.1007/s43545-022-00438-0
    4. Hakeem, V., Takyi, S. A., Asibey, M. O. and Amponsah, O.(2022). From informal settlements to environmentally sustainable communities: Lessons from Kumasi. SN Social Sciences, 2:104, https://doi.org/10.1007/s43545-022-00402-y
    5. Quaye, I., Amponsah, O.,Azunre, G.A., Takyi, S.A. and Braimah, I. (2022). A review of experimental informal urbanism initiatives and their implications for sub-Saharan Africa's sustainable cities’ agenda. Sustainable Cities and Society, p.103938.
    6. Manu, K.K., Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O.,Yeboah, A.S. and Lotsah, M. (2022). Location of forest reserves and sustainable natural resource management: evidence from a Ghanaian case study. SN Social Sciences2(5), pp.1-27
    7. Tagnan, J.N., Amponsah, O.,Takyi, S.A., Azunre, G.A. and Braimah, I. (2022). A view of urban sprawl through the lens of family nuclearisation. Habitat International123, p.102555.
    8. Amponsah, O.,Blija, D.K., Ayambire, R.A., Takyi, S.A., Mensah, H. and Braimah, I. (2022). Global urban sprawl containment strategies and their implications for rapidly urbanising cities in Ghana. Land Use Policy114, p.105979
    9. Marija, J., Amponsah, O.,Mensah, H., Takyi, S.A. and Braimah, I. (2022). A View of Commercial Motorcycle Transportation in Sub-Saharan African Cities Through the Sustainable Development Lens. Transportation in Developing Economies8(1), pp.1-17.
    10. Azunre, G.A., Amponsah, O.,Takyi, S.A., Mensah, H. and Braimah, I. (2022). Urban informalities in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): A solution for or barrier against sustainable city development. World Development152, p.105782.
    11. Mensah, A.A., Amponsah, O.,Takyi, S.A. and Mensah, H. (2022). Land governance in Ghana and its implications for inclusive city development. SN Social Sciences2(1), pp.1-30.
    12. Darko, G., Obiri-Yeboah, S., Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O., Borquaye, L.S., Amponsah, L.O. and Fosu-Mensah, B.Y. (2022). Urbanizing with or without nature: pollution effects of human activities on water quality of major rivers that drain the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment194(1), pp.1-18.
    13. Nketia, S.K.K., Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O.,Yeboah, A.S., Mensah, H. and Ahadzie, D.K. (2022). “Going Green” Rhetoric or Reality: An Assessment of the Prospects and Challenges of Ghana’s Youth in Afforestation Programme. Society & Natural Resources35(1), pp.20-37


    1. Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O.,Yeboah, A.S. and Mantey, E. (2021). Locational analysis of slums and the effects of slum dweller’s activities on the social, economic and ecological facets of the city: insights from Kumasi in Ghana. GeoJournal, pp.1-15.
    2. Faibil, D., Agyemang, M., Amponsah, O.,Gupta, H. and Kusi-Sarpong, S. (2021). Assessing drivers of post-harvest losses: tangible and intangible resources’ perspective. Environment, Development and Sustainability, pp.1-45.
    3. Amponsah, E., Takyi, S.A., Asibey, M.O. and Amponsah, O. (2021). Assessing the level of compliance of telecommunication masts to locational planning standards towards harmonious and orderly city growth. Cities & Health, pp.1-14.
    4. Danso, G.K., Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O.,Yeboah, A.S. and Owusu, R.O. (2021). Exploring the effects of rapid urbanization on wetlands: insights from the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana. SN Social Sciences1(8), pp.1-21.
    5. Nalumu, D.J., Mensah, H., Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O.and Marija, J. (2021). Restoring the school garden programme in Ghana: an exploration of the key issues from the past and implications for the future. SN Social Sciences1(8), pp.1-22.
    6. Mensah, H., Ahadzie, D.K., Takyi, S.A. and Amponsah, O. (2021). Climate change resilience: Lessons from local climate-smart agricultural practices in Ghana. Energy, Ecology and Environment6(3), pp.271-284.
    7. Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O., Duamor, S.N., Azunre, G.A. and Ahadzie, D.K. (2021). An assessment of regulatory compliance and residents’ perceptions of the siting of telecommunication masts: Insights from a rapidly urbanising Ghanaian city. African Geographical Review, pp.1-22.
    8. Mensah, H., Amponsah, O., Opoku, P., Ahadzie, D.K. and Takyi, S.A. (2021). Resilience to climate change in Ghanaian cities and its implications for urban policy and planning. SN Social Sciences1(5), pp.1-25.
    9. Nalumu, D.J., Mensah, H., Amponsah, O.and Takyi, S.A. (2021). Stakeholder collaboration and irrigation practices in Ghana: issues, challenges, and the way forward. SN Applied Sciences3(5), pp.1-16.
    10. Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O., Asibey, M.O. and Ayambire, R.A. (2021). An overview of Ghana’s educational system and its implication for educational equity. International Journal of Leadership in Education24(2), pp.157-182.
    11. Asibey, M.O., Ocloo, K.A. and Amponsah, O. (2021). Gender differences and productive use of energy fuel in Ghana’s rural non-farm economy. Energy215, p.119068.
    12. Azunre, G.A., Amponsah, O.,Takyi, S.A. and Mensah, H. (2021). Informality-sustainable city nexus: The place of informality in advancing sustainable Ghanaian cities. Sustainable Cities and Society67, p.102707. 


    1. Tetteh, N. and Amponsah, O., (2020). Sustainable Adoption of Smart Homes from the Sub-Saharan African Perspective. Sustainable Cities and Society, p.102434.
    2. Narh, S.N., Takyi, S.A., Asibey, M.O. and Amponsah, O. (2020). Garden city without parks: an assessment of the availability and conditions of parks in Kumasi. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening55, p.126819.
    3. Wireko-Gyebi, R.S., Asibey, M.O., Amponsah, O.,King, R.S., Braimah, I., Darko, G. and Lykke, A.M. (2020). Perception of Small-Scale Miners on Interventions to Eradicate Illegal Small-Scale Mining in Ghana. SAGE Open10(4), p.2158244020963668.
    4. Okumah, M., Yeboah, A.S. and Amponsah, O. (2020). Stakeholders' willingness and motivations to support sustainable water resources management: Insights from a Ghanaian study. Conservation Science and Practice2(3), p.e170.
    5. Asibey, M.O., Agyeman, K.O., Amponsah, O.and Ansah, T. (2020). Patterns of land use, crop and forest cover change in the Ashanti region, Ghana. Journal of Sustainable Forestry39(1), pp.35-60.
    6. Wiredu, F., Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O.and Tetteh, N. (2020). Toward sustainable ecotourism development: an assessment of the benefits and environmental threats of Lake Bosomtwe ecotourism facility. African Geographical Review39(1), pp.58-73.
    7. Yeboah, A.S., Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O.and Anaafo, D. (2020). Assessing the practicality of the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines to the urban poor in the Ghanaian context. Social Sciences & Humanities Open2(1), p.100087. 


    1. Azunre, G.A., Amponsah, O., Peprah, C., Takyi, S.A. and Braimah, I. (2019). A review of the role of urban agriculture in the sustainable city discourse. Cities,93:104-119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2019.04.006
    2. Ayambire, R.A., Amponsah, O.,Peprah, C. and Takyi, S.A. (2019). A review of practices for sustaining urban and peri-urban agriculture: Implications for land use planning in rapidly urbanising Ghanaian cities. Land Use Policy, 84:260-277. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.03.004.
    3. Takyi, S. A., Amponsah, O., Inkoom, D. K. B. and Azunre, G. A. (2019). Sustaining Ghana’s cocoa sector through environmentally smart agricultural practices: an assessment of the environmental impacts of cocoa production in Ghana. Africa Review,11(2), 172-189. https://doi.org/10.1080/09744053.2019.1635416.
    4. Asibey, M.O., Agyeman, K.O., Amponsah, O. and Ansah, T. (2019). Patterns of land use, crop and forest cover change in the Ashanti region, Ghana. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, pp.1-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/10549811.2019.1608453
    5. Takyi, S.A., Amponsah, O.,Asibey, M.O. and Ayambire, R.A. (2019). An overview of Ghana’s educational system and its implication for educational equity. International Journal of Leadership in Education, pp.1-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2019.1613565
    6. Asibey, M.O., Amponsah, O.and Yeboah, V. (2019). Solid waste management in informal urban neighbourhoods. Occupational safety and health practices among tricycle operators in Kumasi, Ghana. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2019.1569211


    1. Peprah, C., Amponsah, O.,and Oduro, C. (2018). A system view of smart mobility and its implications for Ghanaian cities, Sustainable Cities and Society, 44:739-747. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2018.10.025
    2. Amoah, G., Amponsah, O.and Peprah, C. (2018). The culture of maintenance of public housing units in a less urbanised town in Ghana, GeoJournal, DOI:10.1007/s10708-018-9913-0.
    3. Acheampong, E. O., Agyeman, K. O. and (2018). The motivation for community participation in forest management: the case of Sefwi-Wiawso forest district, Ghana. Forestry Review, 20(1), 1 -17.
    4. Braimah, I., Obeng Nti, K. and Amponsah, O. (2018). Poverty penalty in urban water market in Ghana, Urban Forum, 29 (2), 147 - 168 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12132-017-9328-x
    5. Adusei, P. K., Oduro-Ofori, E., Amponsah, O. and Agyeman, K. O. (2018). Participatory slum upgrading: an assessment of slum dwellers’ willingness and ability to pay for utility services. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 20(6); 2501 – 2520. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-017-0002-1 


    1. Braimah, I., Amponsah, O.and Osei, A. M. (2016). The effectiveness of the local management systems of rural water facilities for sustainable service delivery: a case study of the Sekyere East District, Ghana. Sustainable Water Resources Management, DOI 10.1007/s40899-016-0070-7
    2. Amponsah, O.,Vigre, H., Braimah, I., Schou, W. T., Abaidoo, R. C. (2016). The policy implications of urban open space commercial vegetable farmers’ willingness and ability to pay for reclaimed water for irrigation in Kumasi, Ghana. Heliyon 2, 1–38. DOI:10.1016/j.heliyon.2016.e00078. 


    1. Amponsah, O.,H, Schou, T.W., Boateng, E. S., Braimah, I. and Abaidoo, R.C. (2015). Assessing low quality water use policy framework: Case study from Ghana, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 9, 1-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2015.01.009
    2. Amponsah, O., Vigre, H., Schou, T.W., Braimah, I., Abaidoo, R.C. (2015). The impact of farmers’ participation in field trials in creating awareness and stimulating compliance with the World Health Organization’s farm-based multiple-barrier approach. Environment, Development and Sustainability17(4) online. DOI 10.1007/s10668-015-9686-2.
    3. Amponsah, O.and Acheampong, O. E. (2015). Cellular phone technology and local economic development in the Offinso municipality, Ghana. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 10(1), 173-190.
    4. Akaateba, M. A., Amoh, R. and Amponsah, O.(2015). Traffic safety violations in relation to drivers’ educational attainment, training and experience in Kumasi, Ghana. Safety Science 75,156–162. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2015.02.010 


    1. Baah-Ennumh, T.Y., Amponsah, O. and Adoma, M. O. (2012). The Living Conditions of Female Head Porters in the Kumasi Metropolis. Journal of Social and Development Science, 3(7), 229-244.
    2. Agyeman, K.O., Amponsah, O.,Braimah, O. and Lurumuah, S. (2012). Commercial Charcoal Production and Sustainable Community Development of the Upper West Region, Ghana. Journal of Sustainable Development,5(4), 149-164.
    3. Braimah, I. and Amponsah, O. (2012). The causes and effects of the frequent and unannounced electricity blackouts on the operations small scale enterprises in the Kumasi Metropolis. Journal of Sustainable Development,5(2), 17-36.
    4. King, R. S. and Amponsah, O. (2012). The role of city authorities in contributing to the development of Urban slum in Ghana. Journal of Construction Project management and Innovation, 2(1), 285 – 313.

     Book Chapter:

    1. Brew-Hammond, A., Mensah, G. S. and Amponsah, O. (2014). Energy Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Poverty amidst Abundance, In: Halff, A., Sovacool, B. K. and Rozhon J. (edn). Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

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