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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

Building Capabilities for Earth System Governance

This Element develops a new Strategic Capabilities Framework for studying and steering complex socio-ecological systems. It is driven by the…

Trade and the Environment: Drivers and Effects of Environmental Provisions in Trade Agreements

The mushrooming of trade agreements and their interlinkages with environmental governance calls for new research on the trade and environment…

The Politics of Deep Time

Human societies increasingly interact with processes on a geological or even cosmic timescale. Despite this recognition, we still lack a…

A Green and Just Recovery from COVID-19?: Government Investment in the Energy Transition during the Pandemic

Stimulus spending to address the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to either facilitate the…