Professor Romanus Dogkubong Dinye, an astute scholar, is a talented fellow in development planning and management research. He was the Dean of the Institute of Settlements Research (2008-2010), Dean of the Institute of Land Management (2015-2017) of the College of built Environment, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. On a number of occasions, he was the Head of Department for the Centre for Settlement Studies (2000-2002; 2010-2016) and the Centre for Land Studies (2008-2010). He also held positions in an appreciable number of the statutory and non-statutory committees and boards of the University Senate (Academic Board) which included the University Executive Committee, the Research and Conferences Committee, Appointments and Promotions Committee. He was the Hall Master of University Hall of Residence (Katanga) between 2006-2008).
He was born on November 30, 1956 in, Nadawli-Dapuore in the Nadawli-Kaleo District of the Upper-West Region Ghana. He had his first cycle education at the St Charles Luanga Roman Catholic School at Kalsegra a settlement in the neighbourhood of his place of birth. In 1968, he wrote and passed a special common entrance examination and gained admission into Nandom Secondary School, Nandom in 1969. He was awarded the West African Examinations Council Ordinary Level School Certificate (Division I) on completion in 1974. He was admitted to Opoku Ware School, Kumasi and was awarded the West African Examinations Council Advance Level School Certificate on successful completion in 1976. In that same year, he was enrolled into the BSc (Hons) Planning Degree programme at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He did well, completed and graduated in 1980.
He was posted to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to do the mandatory one-year National Service in Ghana during the period 1980-1981. Stationed in Tamale, he worked with Rural and Economic Development Management Programme (ERDM), a joint effort between the United Nations Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. It was aimed at human capacity building at the District Councils in lieu the country’s decentralisation process. In 1981, he was appointed by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi to commence his current academic career. He started as a teaching Assistant and was upgraded and eventually promoted to Assistant Research Fellow and Research Fellow in 1982 and 1984 respectively.
In 1984, he was awarded a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to pursue Postgraduate Diploma Course in Regional Development Planning and Management at the University of Dortmund, Germany. The programme metamorphosed into what became “SPRING” a joint Master of Science (MSc.) Degree Programme in Development Planning and Management between the University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He was part of the first batch of students who went through the programme under sponsorship of DAAD. On completion of the programme he was again awarded a scholarship pursue a PhD programme at the University of Dortmund, Germany in 1987. In October 1987, he travelled to Gottingen, Germany for the German language training course after which he was enrolled into the PhD Degree programme in the “Fachgebeit Gewerbeplanung” (Department) in the Faculty of Spatial Planning, University of Dortmund, Germany. He successfully completed the programme and was awarded the PhD degree in August, 1991.
In February 1992, he returned to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi to continue from where he left off as a Research Fellow. In 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Research Fellow. His appointment on promotion to the positions of Associate professor and Professor (Full) took place in 2006 and 2014 respectively. Reaching the apex of the academic ladder was occasioned by hard work, determination, clear conscience and dedication to the university in the areas of teaching, research and service to humanity.
In the area of teaching, he contributed to the graduation of students at both undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate (MSc.; MPhil and PhD) levels over the years by way taught courses, thesis and dissertation supervision. Much of the teaching was done in Department of Planning and Department of Land Economy. He undertook a diversity of multidisciplinary research which manifested in peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters and technical reports. These publications run quite close to hundred (100) in number and are still on the ascendacy. In most instances, the work was carried out in collaboration with local and/or international Non-Governmental Organisations which include the German International Development Corporation (GIC), the World Bank, the Japanese International Development Corporation (JICA), the U.K. Department of International Development (DFID), the Institute of Democratic Governance, the Integrated Social Development Centre and Sustainable Integrated Development Centre as well as Habitat International Ghana. He serves as an exteral examiner of the M A and PhD programmes of the Centre for Social Policy Studies, University of Ghana, the Deparment of Planning and Land Economy of the University of Development Studies and the SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies. These and other universities as well as resaerch institutions in the country rely on him as external assessor for the promotion of their senior members and research scientists respectively.