PRESTIGIOUS BANGA-AFRICA FELLOWSHIP AWARDED TO FAR-LeaF FELLOW DR AMANKWAA

The Carnegie Corporation of New York funds the BANGA-AFRICA Programme – Building a New Generation of Academics in Africa. The programme aims to develop the research capacity and research outputs at the University of Ghana.

The University of Ghana has awarded Dr Ebenezer Amankwaa a Postdoctoral Fellowship for participation in BANGA-AFRICA. Amankwaa will spend a semester at Loughborough University – a public research university in Leicestershire, England. The fellowship will enable him to focus on writing outputs from ongoing research and developing capacity/skills.

Dr Amankwaa is an urban geographer and lecturer at the university's Department of Geography and Resource Development. He has been collecting data about temperatures and relative humidity in schools in Ghana for his FAR-LeaF research project: ADAPT.

ADAPT aims to develop new conceptual and empirical understandings of how young people and the urban poor experience and adapt to extreme heat at the nexus of demographic shifts, climate change, and Covid-19. The original knowledge the research will generate is relevant beyond Ghana to the Global South and can broadly shape urban policies.

“The fellowship will benefit my FAR-LeaF project as I will spend time analysing the data collected from the sensor monitoring, thermal measurements, and thermal surveys conducted with school children and teachers during my project’s first year. I will also use the excellent library resources and facilities to complete my literature review and progress with my draft publication.”

ADAPT aims to develop new conceptual and empirical understandings of how young people and the urban poor experience and adapt to extreme heat at the nexus of demographic shifts, climate change, and Covid-19.


Heidi Sonnekus | FAR-LeaF Program

 

The Future Africa Research Leader Fellowship (FAR-LeaF) is a fellowship programme, focussed on developing transdisciplinary research and leadership skills, to address the complex, inter-linked challenges of health, well-being, and environmental risks in Africa.