Razak M Gyasi is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Aging and Development Unit, African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya. He received a Ph.D. in Social Policy and a doctoral minor in Sociology (2018) from Lingnan University in Hong Kong. He obtained a Master of Philosophy (2015) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree (2010) in Medical Geography from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. Razak also holds Certificates in Learning and Teaching Development Studies (2016) from the Teaching and Learning Center, Lingnan University, and an Advanced Diploma in Education (Adv.Dip.Edu) and Teacher’s Certificate “A” from the University of Cape Coast.
Before joining APHRC, Razak held Part-time Lecturer and Senior Research Assistant positions at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University. He also worked as Research Assistant at the Department of Geography and Rural Development, KNUST, and as an instructor in the Ghana Education Service (GES). Razak received a competitive funding award from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria) for his Master’s course and has been a Fellow of both institutes since 2013. He is also an Associate of the Center for Social Policy and Social Change, Lingnan University.
As a health geographer and social gerontologist he studies various aspects of vulnerability in older age (e.g. living alone, loneliness, poverty, relationship deficit, financial exclusion) and the environment as risk factors for health, well-being, and healthcare. His numerous peer-reviewed works appear in public health and gerontology journals including The Gerontologist and Journals of Gerontology. He supports aging and health research and other projects in health systems for health including the Epilepsy Pathway Innovation in Africa. He holds an editorial position in BMC Public Health (https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/) and SAGE Open (https://journals.sagepub.com/home/sgo).