Dr. Jesse Sey Ayivor

Research Fellow

 Educational History: 

  • PhD. Environmental Science. University of Ghana, Legon, July, 2012. 
  • M. Sc. Environmental Studies. Environmental Planning & Policy Track, Ohio University, Athens, March 2007
  • M. Phil, Geography and Resource Development (Agricultural Geography) University of Ghana, Legon, June 1999, 
  • B.A. (Hons) Geography and Resource Development (with Linguistics) UG., Legon, June 1991 

Research Interest 

  • Forest and Wildlife Resources Management 
  • Nature conservation and local livelihood conflicts
  • Land use / Land Cover Change in the Volta Basin of Ghana
  • Climate Change Policy
  • Mangrove ecosystems management

Current research projects:  

  • Protected Area Management and Local Livelihood Conflicts.
  • Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa (DDDAC), Ghana Henipavirus Studies; Socio-Economic Team
  • Improving Disaster Resiliency and Sustainable Communities at the Local Level in Ghana.
  • Re-optimization and re-operation study of the Akosombo and Kpong dams Project.
  • Open Societies Institute / University of Ghana Project on “Building Capacity to Meet the Climate Change Challenge (B4c) –Ghana: WPII (II)” – Water Resources and Water Management Thematic Focus.

Pipeline Projects 

  • Local participation in protected area management in Ghana
  • Effective management of Ghana’s only strict nature reserve: The case of Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve 
  • Environmental Justice in Dam Affected Communities of the Lower Volta Basin
  • Access to Reeds for Mat Making in Lower Volta Basin of Ghana
  • Environmental Justice in Dam Affected Communities of the Lower Volta Basin
  • Access to Reeds for Mat Making in Lower Volta Basin of Ghana

List of Publications from 2010 to Date: 

  • Ayivor, JS. 2014. Access to reeds and mat making in the lower Volta basin of Ghana. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd. 35 (2014) 197-212
  • Caruson, K., Alhassan. O., Ayivor, JS. Ersing, R. 2014. Disaster and development in Ghana. Improving Disaster Resilience at the Local Level. In Kapucu, N. &  Liou KT, (eds). Disaster and Development: Examining Global Issues and Cases. Springer International Publishing. Switzerland. XIX. Pp 273-288. 
  • Ofori, BD, Nukpeza, D., Ayivor, JS, Lawson, ET, and Gordon, C. 2014. Leadership, local knowledge and water management: Lessons from fringe communities of the Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve, Ghana. International Journal of Development and Sustainability 3(2). 353-370
  • Ayivor, JA, and Vordzogbe, VV. 2013. The Volta Lake system in Ghana. An overview of the physical attributes, resource management and environmental. In Owusu, G., Agyei-Mensah S., and Attua, E. M. Selecting Readings in Geography: Essay in Commemoration of the 6th Anniversary of the University of Ghana. University of Ghana/Woeli Publishing Services, Accra Pp 193-209.
  • 2013: Ayivor, J. S., Gordon, C., and Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y., Protected area management and livelihood conflicts in Ghana: A case study of Digya National Park. Parks.19.(1), pp 37-50
  • Gordon, C., Nukpeza, D., Tweneboah-Lawson, E., Ofori, BD, Yirenya-Taiwuah D., Pabi, O., Ayivor, JS, Koranteng, S., Darko, D., and Mensah, AM, 2013. West Africa - Water Resources and Vulnerability Using a Multidimensional Approach: Case Study of Volta Basin. Climate Vulnerability: Understanding and Addressing Threats to Essential Resources. Elsevier Inc. Academic Press. Pp 283-309
  • Gordon, C., Nukpeza, D., Tweneboah-Lawson, E., Ofori, B. D., Yirenya-Taiwiah, D., Pabi, O., Ayivor, J. S., Koranteng, S., Darko, D. and Mensah, A. M. 2013. West Africa – Water Resources Vulnerability Using a Multidimensional Approach: Case Study of Volta Basin. Climate Vulnerability: Understanding and Addressing Threats to Essential Resources. Elsevier Inc., Academic Press, 283–309.
  • Ayivor, J. S. and Ekpe, E., 2012. Community-Based Integrated Natural Resource Management in Okyeman Traditional Area of the Eastern Region, Ghana: Socio-Economic Profile of the Okyeman Traditional Area. West African Journal of Applied Ecology,  20 (3): 35 -45
  •  Ayivor, J. S. and Gordon, C. 2012. Watershed Disturbance and its Potential Effects on River Systems in the Okyeman Traditional Area of Ghana: The Case of Atewa Range Forest Reserve. West African Journal of Applied Ecology20 (3): 97 -108
  •  Ayivor, J., Gordon, C., Adomako, J., Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y. 2011 Challenges of managing forest reserves: Case study of Atewa range forest reserve, Ghana. Nature & Faune25 (2): 56-63
  • Gordon C., Jallow, A, Lawson, E., Ayivor, J. and Mensah, M. 2010. Food security and natural resources management: Overview on climate change implications for Africa. In Bojang, F. Climate change implications for agricultural development and natural resources conservation in Africa. Enhancing natural resources management and food security in Africa.  Nature & Faune. FAO,  25(1). 10-16 

 Others: Non-Academic Journal

  • Benjamin D. Ofori and Jesse S. Ayivor 2013. Crumbling structures. Youth Worries.
  • Development and Cooperation (D+C). International Journal. Volume 40. June 2013.

Teaching in last three years: 

  • GEOG 303 Regional Geography of East Africa
  • GEOG 304 Regional Geography of West Africa with Special Reference to Ghana 
  • GEOG 438 Soil Survey        
  • GEOG 477 Pedology
  • ESCI 603. Human Population and Urbanization
  • ESCI 612. Forest Resources Management