Dr. (Mrs.) Akosua Baah Kwarteng Amaka-Otchere


Dept: Planning
Room 401
Department of Planning
Faculty of Built Environment
College of Art and Built Environment

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Urban and Regional Planning Energy, energy efficiency, and productive use of energy Environment - climate change/ variability and agricultural resilie...~more


Akosua B.K. Amaka-Otchere is a Lecturer at the Department of Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (KNUST). She has over eighteen years working experience in various development related fields as a development planner and researcher and in a number of voluntary endeavours. Her professional engagements have been in the form of development research, monitoring, evaluation, project implementation and management, development policy analysis principally in development fields of  Energy, Environment, Governance and Gender as well in Regional and Urban planning.  She specialised in Development Planning and Energy for her Doctorate degree. She has consulted for both national and international organisations including the Ministry of Planning (Ghana), Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) (Ghana), German Technical Cooperation (GIZ), African Development Bank, the German Bank for Development (KfW), Katholische Soziale Akademie-Germany, the World Bank, and assisted in consultation for a number of development agencies including United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), European Union (EU), ACTION AID, JICA, Shell Foundation, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Some of the key assignments she has recently been involved in include the development of training manuals for national planners for the erstwhile Ministry of Planning, Ghana (now under the oversight of the National Development Planning Commission, Ghana), and leading a 2-year transdisciplinary research project on household energy efficiency in Ghana with funding from the International Science Council, the Network of African Science Academies and the Swedish Development Agency under the Leading Integrated Research Africa 2030 programme.

She is adept in both quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and presentation with extensive skills in statistical analysis using SPSS software; presentations in the form of documentaries; and stakeholder consultative, engagement and evidence uptake processes. She is also trained in transdisciplinary research (TDR). She is fluent in the English language, fairly fluent in German, and has working knowledge of two Ghanaian languages. She holds a doctorate degree in Development Planning and Energy from the Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany.

Akosua is currently the Programme Coordinator for the MSc/MPhil Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, under the Department of Planning and hosted by the Institute of Distance Learning, KNUST. She is also a service lecturer for M&E for MSc Project Management Programme for the Department of Construction Management, KNUST. Further, she is member of the Scientific Committee for the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-KNUST (WiSTEMGh) and a Mentor for the same and supported the WiSTEMGh/Millenium Development Authority (MiDA) Ghana Power Compact Internship and Mentoring Program.

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