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Research Centre Accra

About the Research Centre

The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) at the University of Ghana was created in response to several drivers, enablers and outcomes identified as key to the nation’s development at the request of the government of Ghana. The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) employs interdisciplinary and participatory approaches to train future scientists, managers and decision makers who will contribute to the protection, management and development of the country natural resources. This is captured by the Institutes mission statement: “To meet the nation’s needs for broad-based education, training and research in the science, policy and management of environmental and sanitation processes in the wider African and global context”.

The Research Centre Accra is led by IESS director Prof. Chris Gordon who is also a member of the Earth System Governance Scientific Steering Committee.

Recent publications

Implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for the governance of biodiversity conservation

Maintaining peace and conserving biodiversity hinge on an international system of cooperation codified in institutions, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine…

Climate Refugees: Global, Local and Critical Approaches

The last few years have witnessed a flurry of activity in global governance and international lawseeking to address the protection…

The Political Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming Governance Through Global Goals?

Written by an international team of over sixty experts and drawing on over three thousand scientific studies, this is the…

The Normative Foundations of International Climate Adaptation Finance

Billions of dollars are annually transferred to poor nations to help them adapt to the effects of climate change. This…