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Seth Asare Okyere

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University

I am a development planner and assistant professor at the Graduate of School of Engineering, 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 the Technical University of 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 rich and diverse experience in development planning, sustainable cities, community resilience and management and international project planning and coordination. I have coordinated several international projects that span Africa, Asia and Europe with a wide range of experts and policymakers (e.g.Osaka-UCL International Joint Research on Freetown (2019- 2022), Local management and self-organisation in Accra (2016-2019) and European Union MyNeighborhood project (social innovations for civic engagement and co-production in 5 European pilot cities).


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, Osaka University
  • 2009–2014
    Project Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Network for the Support of Vulnerable People in Mining Communities
  • 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


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


  • 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
  • 2016
    A future for the informal city: Merging planning, design and management solutions., Urbanisitica tre

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Urban mobilities for Informal Settlement improvement
    Project Coordinator
    Funding Source:
    Osaka-University College London GKP
  • 2016
    Special study for innovations in community development
    Team member
    Funding Source:
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • 2015
    International research to harmonise nature-mankind relationship
    Principal Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation (Panasonic)