Seth Asare Okyere

Assistant Professor, Division of Global Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University

Seth Asare Okyere is a development planner and assistant professor at the Division of Global Architecture, Osaka University, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Engineering from Osaka University, a Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy Design (Cum laude ) from Politecnico Milano, Milan-Italy, and a Bachelor of Science in Development Planning (First Class Honours) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana. Seth was a MEXT scholar at Osaka University (2015-2018) where his research focused on rethinking urban informality and informal settlements improvement through the comprehension of indigenous socio-spatial structure, community management and human behavior in the indigenous settlements of La, Accra (Ghana). Seth is also recipient of the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation (KMMF) research grant for young and talented international researchers. Here, his awarded research focused on the socially induced self-management of common facilities in the Abese old quarter of La, Accra. Seth was also part of a team of experts that worked on the initial phase (2013) of European Union supported 'MyNeighborhood project', which explored social innovations for civic engagement and co-production in European cities through Web 2.0 technologies. Seth is a published author with a strong interest in urban development planning, informal settlements and sustainable community improvements, and social innovation in cities.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, Osaka University
  • 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

Education

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

Publications

  • 2017
    An Urban “Mixity”: Spatial Dynamics of Social Interactions and Human Behaviors in the Abese informal Quarter of La Dadekotopon, Ghana, Urban Science, 1,13
  • 2016
    SEE, THIS IS A VERY GOOD PLACE; WE ARE DOING MANY THINGS’: RESIDENT ACTIVITIES AND SATISFACTION IN ABESE INFORMAL SETTLEMENT, LA., Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 18,2
  • 2015
    Factors influencing school travel mode Choice in Kumasi, Ghana, International journal of development and sustainability, 1,1
  • 2015
    Rethinking Urban Informality and Informal settlement growth in Urban Africa, Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 17,6

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Special study for innovations in community development
    Role:
    Team member
    Funding Source:
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • 2015
    International research to harmonise nature-mankind relationship
    Role:
    Principal Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation (Panasonic)