Prof. Owusu Amponsah

Associate Professor

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

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


Owusu Amponsah is an Associate Professor in Planning. He holds a PhD degree in Planning, a Postgraduate Diploma in Land Management and Informal Settlements Regularisation, a Master of Science Degree in Development Policy and Planning, and Bachelor of Science degree in Planning. His research and professional experiences have been in the areas of sustainable and inclusive city development, informal urbanism, and monitoring, evaluation and learning. He is particularly interested in the policy issues that shape these research areas. Not only are these experiences academic, he has and continues to leave visible footprints in industry and local communities through consultancy works and collaboration research projects.

Owusu is the Coordinator of Postgraduate Programmes at the Department of Planning of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. From 2016 - 2018 and 2018 - 2020, he served as the Assistant Examinations Officer and Examinations Officer, respectively at the Department of Planning. He is the Chair of the Programmes' Accreditation Sub-Committee at the Faculty of Built Environment, College of Art and Built Environment. He has since 2020 served as a Member of the College of Art and Built Environment's Examinations Audit Committee. Dr Owusu Amponsah was voted the Best Senior Member (Teaching Category) at the College of Art and Built Environment during the second edition of the College's awards in 2022. He took the Second Runner-Up position at the maiden event of the College's awards in 2020.

Dr Owusu Amponsah teaches Planning Surveys and Research Methods, Policy Analysis and Agriculture and Local Economic Development at the graduate level. He also teaches Housing Policy Planning, Agriculture and Industrial Policy Planning and Rural Settlement Planning Workshop (Studio) at the bachelor's level. Since August 2018 when he was promoted to the rank of a Senior Lecturer, Owusu has supervised the project works and theses of 84 students comprising 45 undergraduate students, 23 M.Sc. students, eight (8) MPhil students and eight (8) Ph.D. candidates. He is currently serving on the PhD supervisory committees of one student each at the University of Montreal and Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). Owusu Amponsah is an External Examiner for the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Ghana and the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He also moderates the courses offered by the Department of Planning at the Koforidua Technical University in Ghana.

Owusu has authored over 80 research articles in international scientific journals (see: and and popular science platforms.  His research works are impacting the world of science and knowledge, typified in his citation counts on Scopus, ResearchGateGoogle Scholar and all other notable platofrms. He has reviewed articles for highly-rated international scientific journals such as Sustainable Cities and Society; Land Use Policy; Cities; Resources, Conservation and Recycling; Urban Forestry and Greening; and Waste Management, all of Elsevier.

Owusu has consulted for a number of organisations including the University of Missouri Assistance Programme (UMAP), Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, Solidaridad West Africa, Canadian Development Foundation, Canadian Cooperative Association, United Nations Development Program (Ghana and Senegal Country Offices), Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the Millennium Villages Project. He was the team leader for the: 1) terminal evaluation of the Technical Education Development for Modernized Agriculture in Ghana (TEDMAG) project, 2) the baseline survey for the Character Education Development Initiative of the Kofi A. Tawiah Foundation (KATF) on Selected Schools in Ghana, 3) mid-term evaluation of the Solidaridad West Africa’s Next Generation Cocoa Youth Program (MASO), and 4) Newmont Ghana Gold Limited’s socio-economic baseline study of the households within the Awonso North Enclave Land Access and Resettlement AreaDr Amponsah also led the final assessment of the USAID-Ghana’s Improving Productivity and Incomes of Maize Farmers in the SADA Region (USAID-IPIMFS) Activity.

He was the Co-Principal Investigator for the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CFC) and SEND-Ghana’s Environmental Sustainability Assessment for the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program (4R-NSP) and for its environmental strategy for the Food Security through Cooperative in Northern Ghana (FOSTERING) project. He was also the Co-Principal Investigator for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Coalition of Urban Transition’s (CUT) project on 'stock-taking the successes and failures of the National Urban Policy in Ghana and for the final assessment of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF)'.

Owusu is open to collaboration with researchers and academics, industry players and development partners in the areas of monitoring, evaluation and learning; informal urbanisation and sustainable cities. He believes that collaboration is a way to learn from others to enhance his work.

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