Prof. Clifford Amoako

Associate Professor

Dept: Planning
Office Number 01
Postgraduate Block
Faculty of Built Environment
College of Art and Built and Environment

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Urban informality and flood vulnerability in African cities Urban land use and transportation planning Urban governance and development management Ho...~more


Clifford Amoako (PhD) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Planning, KNUST- Kumasi Ghana. As a multidisciplinary development expert, consultant and planning academic, Clifford is passionate about urban development in Africa and the developing world. He holds a PhD in Geography and Environmental Science from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and MPhil (Planning) from KNUST. His current teaching and research activities are in urban planning and governance, informal urbanization, urban flood vulnerability; transportation planning and poverty reduction.

Clifford has been involved in a number of international research collaborations. Notable among these includes, his involvement with The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) to evaluate Urban Resilience in Accra, Ghana. He was also involved in the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project in Ghana; aimed at building the resilience of vulnerable populations in the Volta Delta. The project was funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). Prof. Amoako was also key in the SECO funded EPFL-KNUST Capacity Building in Urban Mobility and Transportation (CUMT) collaboration, which has produced a number of on-going research projects in urban transportation, and a master’s program in Transportation Planning at the Department of Planning, KNUST.

In the last 20 years, Clifford has provided consultancy services in urban and rural transport planning, strategic regional development planning, social impact assessment (SIA) and resettlement action plans (RAP) associated with infrastructure projects and climate change impact studies. He has also been involved in environmental impact studies for projects being implemented by some international institutions including the European Union, World Bank and the UN Habitat. He has been involved with others in providing consultancy services in the planning and implementation of numerous development projects in Ghana and other West African Countries. 

The results of many of his research projects and consultancy services have been disseminated through academic papers and conference presentations. He has over 70 research and working papers and consultancy reports on urban informality, flood vulnerability and risk management to his credit. Prof. Amoako is currently the Vice President (Spatial) of the Ghana Institute of Planners (GIP).



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