Dr. Stephen Appiah Takyi is a planning educator whose research interest is in the area of Development Policy, Urban Policy, Environmental Planning and Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Social Policy Planning.The complex interrelationship between economic, social and environmental goals makes it necessary to have scholars with strong academic background and research interest in economic, social and environmental policy discourse. Dr. Takyi’s approach to research acknowledges the complexity of societal problems in our world today. He therefore emphasizes on the need to approach complex societal problems from a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective. The academic background and stream of work of Dr. Takyi at the undergraduate level focused on Development Policy Planning with emphasis on economic planning. Dr. Takyi’s specialization at the master’s degree level was in the area of urban and regional planning whilst his doctoral research focused on environmental planning with the scope being in the area of parks planning and management.
In terms of work experience, Dr. Takyi taught Introduction to Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment at the UNBC School of Environmental Planning from 2012 to 2016. Within the same period, he was in charge of the editorial desk of the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research (JAPR), a scholarly blind refereed journal which has published for over 33 years. Stephen also worked as a Writing Tutor at the UNBC Academic Success Center. Additionally, Dr. Takyi has held a number of positions at the consultancy and administrative level. These include serving as an Assistant Planning Officer for the Ejisu-Juaben Municipal Assembly, Consultant for Padane and Fame Management Consult and Marketing and Communication Assistant for the Queen’s University Marketing and Communication Department. Through his work as a consultant, Stephen assisted in the preparation of development plans for local government areas in Ghana. He also assisted in the organization of capacity building programs for local government officials in the area of plan preparation and implementation. In the area of communication, Dr. Takyi worked as a Marketing and Communication Assistant at the Queen’s University Marketing and Communication Department from 2009 to 2011. This, coupled with his experience in public consultation has contributed immensely to my strong communication skills.