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Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie

Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie is a development policy planner and award-winning author, whose research on development planning issues, applied sociology, social policy and evaluation, Third Sector Development, and digital futures, is driving better policy outcomes in Australia and internationally. Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie holds a PhD in Policy Planning and Governance from University of Southern Queensland in Australia, Bachelor degree (First Class Honours) in Development Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Ghana, and Honor Code Certificate of Achievements in Data Science from Harvard University in USA.


  • 2017–present
    Research fellow, University of Southern Queensland
  • 2016–present
    Associate lecturer, University of Southern Queensland
  • 2016–2017
    Tutor, Jamescook University
  • 2014–2016
    Tutor, University of Southern Queensland
  • 2010–2011
    Teaching & Research Assistant, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology


  • 2017 
    university of Southern Queensland, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • 2017 
    Harvard University, Honor Code Certificate of Achievements in Data Science: R basics
  • 2010 
    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, BSc. (First class Honours)


  • 2018
    Assessing regional digital competence: Digital futures and strategic planning implications., Journal of Rural Studies, 60, 1-14
  • 2017
    Towards understanding stakeholder salience transition and relational approach to better corporate social responsibility: A case for a proposed model in practice, Journal of Business Ethics, 144, 85-101.
  • 2017
    Modelling Corporate stakeholder orientation: Does the relationship between stakeholder demographic characteristics and corporate social performance matter?, Business Strategy and the Environment, 26, 465-479
  • 2017
    Corporate minerals and community development dilemma in the Surat Resource Region, Australia: Implications for resource policy planning., Environmental Science and Policy, 77, 122-129.
  • 2017
    Reimaging socio-spatial planning: Towards a synthesis between sense of place and social sustainability approaches., Planning Theory, DOI: 10.1177/1473095217736793.
  • 2016
    Urbanization in Ghana: Insights and Implications for Urban Governance., In: Benna, U. G. & Garba, S. B. (Eds.) Population Growth and Rapid Urbanization in the Developing World. IGI Global Publishers, Pennsylvania – USA.
  • 2016
    Towards understanding the digital divide in rural partnerships and development: A framework and evidence from rural Australia, Journal of Rural Studies, 43, 214-224
  • 2015
    Africa’s urbanization: Implications for sustainable development., Cities, (47), 62-72.
  • 2014
    Rethinking sustainable development within the framework of poverty and urbanization in developing countries., Environmental Development, (13), pp.18–32.
  • 2014
    Impacts of Mining on the Natural Environment and Wellbeing of Mining-Fringe Communities in Prestea - Ghana., Greener Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 4 (3), pp. 108-122.
  • 2014
    Theoretical and Practical Motives for Participation Obstacles in Resettlement Programs. Review from the Mining Perspective., Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, 5(14), 119-128.
  • 2012
    Gender and labour force inequality in small-scale gold mining in Ghana., International Journal of Research Economics and Business Management, 1(1), 285- 295.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Digital connectivity in Central Western Queensland region
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Local Government Association and others
  • 2016
    'Determining the social and policy challenges of a digital future: A cross-sectional analysis of rural and regional Australia
    Assistant Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Commonwealth Government's Collaborative Research Network

Professional Memberships

  • Australia and New Zealand Regional Sciences Association International

Research Areas

  • Policy And Administration (1605)
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment (160801)
  • Urban Sociology And Community Studies (160810)
  • Urban Analysis And Development (120507)