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Seth Asare Okyere

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

Dr. Seth Asare Okyere is a multi-disciplinary development planner whose work revolves around international development, sustainable urbanism, community resilience, and adaptation. His research and work experiences intersect socio-spatial and environmental stressors/risks/adaptions in the everyday contexts of people and the built environment. He has extensive experience across Academia, Policy Think Tanks, and Civil Society Organisations conducting transformative research, leading international expert teams, coordinating international joint projects, and engaging local communities to build capacity for sustainable development. His research and work experiences span communities/institutions in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. Seth is in pursuit of the sustainable development of communities with a particular focus on social equity and resilience. Specifically, mission-focused approaches to support communities/institutions to better understand their contexts as well as utilize existing potentials, tools, and networks to build capacity and foster resilience to existing/emerging stresses, risks, and shocks.

Seth holds a Ph.D. in Engineering (Urban Development Planning) from Osaka University, Japan, an MSc in Urban Planning and Policy Design (cum laude) from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and BSc in Development Planning (First Class Honours) from KNUST, Ghana. Seth also holds Honor Code Certificates in Future Livable Cities from ETH Zurich, Health and Society from Harvard University, and a professional certificate in Emergency Planning and Crises Management from the Federal Office for Civic Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) in Germany.


  • 2022–present
    Visiting assistant professor, University of Arizona
  • 2018–2022
    Assistant Professor, Osaka University
  • 2013–2014
    Research Assistant, MyNeighborhood Project, Politecnico di Milano (Department of Architecture and Urban studies), Milan
  • 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