Seth Asare Okyere

Assistant Professor, Division of Global Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University

I am a development planner and assistant professor at the Division of Global Architecture, Osaka University, Japan. I hold a PhD in Urban Development Planning from Osaka University; a Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy Design (Cum laude ) from Politecnico Milano, Milan-Italy; and a Bachelor of Science in Development Planning (First Class Honours) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana. I have collaborated with diverse experts on research and local projects such as the 'Community self-management and socio-spatial improvement in informal settlements (2016-2019); European Union supported 'MyNeighborhood project' (2013), which explored social innovations for civic engagement and co-production in European cities through Web 2.0 technologies.

In 2015, I was awarded the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation (KMMF-Panasonic) research grant for young and talented international researchers to explore community-based systems for sustainable improvements in indigenous communities in Ghana. I am passionate about sustainable and integrated urban development through evidence-based policy and project development.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, Osaka University
  • 2013–2013
    Research Intern, Politecnico di Milano (Department of Architecture and Urban studies)
  • 2010–2011
    Teaching and Research Assistant, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Education

  • 2018 
    Osaka University, PhD Urban Planning
  • 2013 
    Politecnico di Milano, MSc Urban Planning and Policy Design
  • 2009 
    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, BSc Development Planning

Publications

  • 2019
    Toward Citizen-Led Planning for Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Ghana: Hints from Japanese Machizukuri activities in P. Cobbinah and M. Adaney (eds) The Geography of Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Africa. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. , Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2017
    An Urban “Mixity”: Spatial Dynamics of Social Interactions and Human Behaviors in the Abese informal Quarter of La Dadekotopon, Ghana, Urban Science, 1,13
  • 2017
    Fostering a Human city: Insights from the human economy approach, CUPPA
  • 2016
    COFOPRIs Land Regularization Program in Saul Cantoral Informal Settlement (Lima, Peru): process, results and the way forward., Current Urban Studies 4
  • 2016
    A future for the informal city: Merging planning, design and management solutions., Urbanisitica tre
  • 2016
    SEE, THIS IS A VERY GOOD PLACE; WE ARE DOING MANY THINGS’: RESIDENT ACTIVITIES AND SATISFACTION IN ABESE INFORMAL SETTLEMENT, LA., Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 18,2
  • 2015
    Factors influencing school travel mode Choice in Kumasi, Ghana, International journal of development and sustainability, 1,1
  • 2015
    Rethinking Urban Informality and Informal settlement growth in Urban Africa, Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 17,6
  • 2015
    Factors influencing school travel mode choices in Kumasi, Ghana. , International journal of development and sustainability

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Special study for innovations in community development
    Role:
    Team member
    Funding Source:
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • 2015
    International research to harmonise nature-mankind relationship
    Role:
    Principal Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation (Panasonic)