Prof. Esmeranda Manful

Associate Professor

Dept: Sociology and Social Work
Room TF 22J, Third Floor, Faculty of Social Sciences Complex

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Research Areas/Interests

Child and Family Welfare, Gender, and Social Protection ...~more

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Esmeranda’s research interest, while primarily focusing on child and family welfare, spans gender and social protection issues.  She has vast experience in macro-level social policy practice which she brings to bear in her teaching, research, community development and policy engagement.  Her goal in the promotion of knowledge is to contribute to the limited literature on child and family welfare, and social protection issues in Ghana and Africa. Using mainly qualitative methods, her research highlights amongst others challenges to best outcomes for at-risk children and other vulnerable groups in Ghana and suggests solutions for effective social work practice, social policy and programme implementation. Her research output is published in leading international peer-reviewed journals including Child & Family Social Work, Journal of Child & Family Studies, Children & Youth Services Review, Research on Social Work Practice and Children & Societies.

Her service to the University are varied, including quality assurance issues and the provision of enabling environment for students. She is the Vice-Dean of the International Programmes Office and on 1st November 2022 she was appointed as the Head of Department of Sociology and Social Work.

Esmeranda has been involved in several research activities including:

  1. Mapping unequal accessibility to socioeconomic and cultural opportunities in informal urban settlements across two Sub-Sahara African Cities [Project ID: EP-2021-MAC-03] Co-Investigator (Ghana)(January – December 2022)
  2. Combating CODVID-19 in Ghana using socio-pedagogical methods: Educational campaign through children’s arts. DAAD (Project ID: 57448165) follow up grant EUR 19,975. Co-Principal Investigator (Ghana), [November 2020 – December 2020]
  3. Comparative Analysis of Combined Effects of Transport and Urban Morphology on Public Health in Two African Capitals. (EP-2019-MAC-05) - SEK 500 000. Co-Investigator (Ghana)(January 2020 – December 2020)
  4. Educational Partnership in socio-pedagogical methods in social work towards improving the lives of Ghanaian children DAAD (Project ID: 57448165) - 133, 824.17 Euro – Co-Principal Investigator (Ghana)(January 2019 – December 2021)
  5. Implementation of Bio-Rural Energy Scheme for Ghana GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Award (RIS 1066908) – £75,749 - Co-Investigator (Ghana)(September 2018 – July 2019)
  6. Planning for Family Business Succession: A Study of Retail Businesses in Adum, Kumasi – Co-Investigator(1st January – 30th November 2017; Funding: 2nd KNUST Research Fund call)
  7. Victims of Sexual Abuse in Kumasi: Challenges and Coping Strategies – Principal Investigator (February 2016- January 2017; Funding: 1stKNUST Research Fund call)

Before joining KNUST in 2012 as a lecturer, she held positions with the Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University, UK; Northern Ireland National Assembly and the defunct Ghana National Commission on Children.  She is a product of the University of Ghana and Queen's University, Belfast.

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