Louis Awanyo

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Louis Awanyo

Dr. Louis Awanyo
LC 224

Dr. Louis Awanyo received his B.A. (Hons.) in geography from the University of Ghana in 1989, after which he completed an M.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University (1992) and Ph.D. from Queen’s University (1999) in the same discipline. His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled Unveiling the Hidden Processes Under a Structural Adjustment Program in Ghana. Dr Awanyo’s current research areas include development geography, Africa, political ecology, agrodiversity and geopolitics. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Awanyo was the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant.


Courses Taught

GEOG 100 - World Regional Geography
GEOG 220 - Human Geography
GEOG 316 - Geography of the Third World
GEOG 330 - Political Geography
GEOG 332 - Geography of Recreation and Tourism


Current Research and Community Work

Currently working on housing stress and housing adjustments in Ghana.


Selected Recent Academic Publications

Awanyo, L. 2011. Ghana: Environmental Health Issues. In: Nriagu, J.O. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, Vol. 2, pp. 934-945. Elsevier: Burlington.

 Awanyo, L., Attuah, M., and McCarron, M. 2011. Rehabilitation of forest-savannas inGhana: The Impacts of Land Use, Shade, and Invasive Species in Tree Recruitment. Applied Geography Vol.31, No.1: 181-190.

Awanyo, L. 2010. Agrobiodiversity. In: Wharf, B. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography, Vol. 1, pp. 49-51.  Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.

 Awanyo, L. 2010. Bush Fallow Farming. In: Wharf, B. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography, Vol. 1, 301-302. Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.

Awanyo, L. 2009. Exploring the Connections: Land Tenure, Social Identities, and Agrobiodiversity Practices in Ghana. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 91(2): 1-19.

Awanyo, L. 2009. Meeting Housing-Space Demand through in situ Housing Adjustments in the Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 27: 302-318.

Awanyo, L. 2008. Dealing with Weedy Problems in Agriculture: The Role of  Three Agricultural Land Use Management Practices in the Forest-Savanna Ecological Zone of Ghana. Area, Vol. 40(4): 446-458.

Awanyo, L. 2007. A Janus-Faced Biodiversity Change and the Partiality of Ecological Knowledge in a World Biodiversity Hotspot in Ghana: Implications for Biodiversity Rehabilitation. Geoforum, Vol. 38: 739-751.

Awanyo, L., 2007. Cacao (Cocoa). In: Robbins, P. (ed.),  Encyclopedia of Environment and Society. Sage Publications, London and New York, pp. 189-191.

Awanyo, L., 2007. Ghana. In: Robbins, P. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Environment and Society. Sage Publications, London and New York, pp. 766-767.

Awanyo, L., 2007. Shifting Cultivation. In: Robbins, P. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Environment and Society. Sage Publications, London and New York, pp. 1597-1599.

Awanyo, L. (2003). Land Tenure and Agricultural Development in Ghana: The Intersection of Class, Culture, and Gender. In: Tettey, W., Puplampu, K., and Berman, B. (eds.), Critical Perspectives on Politics and Socio-Economic Development in Ghana. Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, pp. 273-303.

Awanyo, L. 2001. Labor, Ecology, and a Failed Agenda of Market Incentives: The Political Ecology of Agrarian Reforms in Ghana. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 91, No.1: 92-121.