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Matthew Abunyewah

Research Fellow, The Australasian Centre for Resilience Implementation for Sustainable Communities, Charles Darwin University

I hold an honours degree in development planning (First Class) and a PhD in Urban Planning and Sustainability from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) and The University of Newcastle (UON), respectively. Previously, I have worked as a Research Coordinator for local NGOs such as Rural Aid Alliance Foundation and Nature Aid Ghana, as well as Industry Skills Advisory Council NT. Matthew has also worked with the NT Government as a Senior Project and Policy Officer, leading policy formulation and implementation on circular economy, industry and business development, disaster resilience and sustainability.

I also hold a certificate in quantitative research methods from the Australian Consortium for social and political research (ACSPRI). I employ both Quantitative and Qualitative research methods to investigate emerging issues in informal urbanism, disaster management, climate change, circular economy and sustainability.


  • 2015–2020
    Casuel Academics, University of Newcastle, School of Architecture and Built Environment


  • 2019 
    University of Newcastle, Australia, PhD Disaster Management
  • 2011 
    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, BSc Development Planning


  • 2018
    Conceptual Framework for Motivating Actions towards Disaster Preparedness Through Risk Communication,