Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah

Status: Professor

Department or Unit: Geography and Resource Development

Email: samensah@ug.edu.gh

Qualification: Ph.D. Geography, (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim); BA|Geography, (Ghana)

Dr. Samuel Agyei-Mensah is an Associate Professor and Dean of, the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. He is also a Professor of Geography and former Head of the Department of Geography. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. His research interest is demography, the geography of health, and development studies. He is a member of the Population Association of America, the Union of African Population Studies, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He serves on the editorial board of Population and Environment (Springer).

Area of Research Interest:

Epidemiology and development studies; Demography; Gender roles; Poverty, inequalities and human development; Migration and Development


  • Energy, Air Pollution, and Health in Accra
  • The Urban Transition in Ghana and Its Relation to Land Cover and Land Use Change Through Analysis of Multi-scale and Multi-temporal Satellite Image Data
  • Ethnic Residential Segregation in major Cities of Ghana
  • Demographic and Epidemiological Transition in Accra
  • Fertility Decline and Fertility Preferences in Africa
  • Enhancing the capabilities of the most vulnerable. Pilot project on inequalities in human development in Bamako and Accra
  • Localizing Globalization: Gendered Transformations of Work in Developing Countries.

List of recent publications

  • Owoo, N.S; Agyei-Mensah, S; Onuoha, E. (2014). The effect of neighborhood mortality shocks on fertility preferences: a spatial econometric approach. European Journal of Health Economics.
  • Zheng Zhou, Kathie L Dionisio, Allison F. Hughes, Jose Vallarino, Samuel Agyei-Mensah, and Majid Ezzati et. al (2014). Chemical Characterization and Source Apportionment of Household Fine Particulate Matter in Rural, Peri-urban, and Urban West Africa. Environmental Science and Technology, 48 (2): 1343-1351.
  • Agyei-Mensah, S & Owusu, G. (2012). Ethnic Residential Clusters in Nima, Ghana. Urban Forum. Springer, 23 (1): 133-149.
  • Owusu, G & Agyei-Mensah, S (2011). A Comparative Study of Ethnic Residential Segregation in Ghana's Two Largest Cities, Accra and Kumasi. Population and Environment. Springer, 32 (4): 332-352.
  • Agyei-Mensah, S & Owusu, G. (2010). Segregated by Neighbourhoods? A Portrait of Ethnic Diversity in the Neighbourhoods of the Accra Metropolitan Area. Population, Space, and Place. Wiley Blackwell, 16 (6): 499-516.
  • Weeks, J. R., A. Getis, A. G. Hill, S. Agyei-Mensah, and D. Rain (2010). Neighborhoods and Fertility in Accra, Ghana: An AMOEBA-based Approach. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 100 (3): 558-578. Routledge, Taylor, and Francis.
  • Asiedu, A., & Agyei-Mensah, S. (2008). Traders on the run: Activities of street vendors in the accra metropolitan area, ghana. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, 62(3), 191-202.
  • Owusu, G., Agyei-Mensah, S., & Lund, R. (2008). Slums of hope and slums of despair: Mobility and livelihoods in nima, accra. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, 62(3), 180-190.
  • Agyei-Mensah, S., & Ardayfio-Schandorf, E. (2007). The global and the local: Urban change in cape coast from pre-colonial times to the present. Urban Design International, 12(2-3), 101-114.




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