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Professor and the Chair of the Department of Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University

Professor Owusu’s research focuses on Africa and has explored several topics including urban development and livelihoods issues, public sector reforms and capacity building, urban food systems and sustainable development, and the relationship between neoliberalization, globalization and development policy. Originally from Ghana, he has conducted research on these topics in several African countries and has authored several journal articles, book chapters, book reviews and reports.


  • 2012–present
    Professor, Iowa State University
  • 2007–2012
    Associate professor, Iowa State University
  • 2001–2007
    Assistant Professor , Iowa State University
  • 2000–2001
    Assistant Professor, Seattle Pacific University


  • 2000 
    University of Minnesota, PhD (Geography)
  • 1992 
    Carlton University, Ottawa, Canada, M.A. (Geography)
  • 1990 
    University of Ghana, M.A. (Population Studies)
  • 1987 
    University of Ghana, B.A. (Hons) - Geography