Prof. Philip Antwi-Agyei is an Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Philip is a former Commonwealth Scholar, who obtained his PhD from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in July, 2013. He also holds MSc degree from the University of Hull, United Kingdom and a BSc degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
Philip is an interdisciplinary climate change scientist, whose research involves developing innovative multi-scale approaches for assessing vulnerability to climate change (especially in the form of drought sensitivity) for dryland African farming systems. Specifically, his research uses spatial databases, ecological studies and field-based participatory approaches within the broader understanding of how climate change affects food production and rural livelihoods from a developing country perspective. Another strand of his research explores how smallholder farmers in “vulnerability hotspots" in dryland farming systems are adapting to climate change and variability.
Prof. Antwi-Agyei is a recipient of several prestigious international grants including the International Foundation for Science (IFS) (2010 - 2013), Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement Fellowship (CIRCLE) (2015 - 2016) funded by the UK's Department for International Development and the African Academy of Sciences, Innovation Grants from the London School of Economics and University of Leeds, UK (2016 - 2018), and Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (Africa SWIFT) (2016 - 2021) funded by the Global Challenge Research Fund. Philip has also won grants under the Climate Research for Development (CR4D) (2019 - 2021), an initiative of the African Climate Policy Centre in partnership with the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DfID) Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) and implemented by the African Academy of Sciences. Currently, Philip is a Fellow under the prestgious Future Leaders - Africa Independent Research (FLAIR) (2020 - 2022) and FLAIR Collaboration Grants (2021 - 2021).
Prof. Antwi-Agyei was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 oC above pre-industrial levels, where he worked closely with other scientists across the globe on “Sustainable Development, Poverty Eradication and Reducing Inequalities”.
He has published extensively in leading international peer reviewed journals on climate change issues. Philip has been a Visiting Researcher at the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.