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Dr. Elaine T. Lawson

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Position: 
Senior Research Fellow

 

Dr. Elaine Tweneboah Lawson is an environmental professional with more than 15 years' experience in teaching and research, project management, individual and group facilitation, academic programme coordination and in student advising. She joined IESS in 2011 from the Centre for Social Policy Studies, University of Ghana. She is an experienced researcher versed in social research protocols, study design, collection procedures, organization and analyses. Her teaching, research and consultancy interests are multidisciplinary in nature focusing on the human dimensions of environmental and resource issues. Her areas of expertise relate to the interactions between social and ecological systems, institutions and governance in natural resource management, as well as user attitudes and behaviours. They cover social and cultural impacts of environmental degradation, environmental governance and policy, coastal zone management, poverty, rural livelihoods and the environment, climate change adaptation and adaptive capacity and environmental education. She has co-authored many book chapters and has several peer-reviewed journal publications to her credit. She has worked with various organisations and at various scales. For example, she was part of the team that facilitated the development of the National Climate Change Policy, and she documented the process in a widely read journal article. In addition, she has consulted for many local and international organisations. Dr. Lawson has also been involved in various research projects at the community level and has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, specifically regarding research, community outreach, report writing, and policy implementation.

Year of Employment      2002 

 Educational History

  • 2009: PhD Environmental and Resource Management (ERM), Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany. Magna cum laude.
  • 2001: M.Phil in Environmental Science; University of Ghana, Legon 2001
  • 1998: B.Sc. (Hons.) Botany/Zoology, University of Cape Coast
  • 1998: Diploma in Education; University of Cape Coast

Research Interest

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Community development
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental policy
  • Gender and natural resources management
  • Human-environment interactions
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • Poverty, rural livelihoods and the environment
  • Sanitation and environmental health
  • Social dimensions of zoonotic diseases

Research activities (From 2010)

  1. The Special Treat Project (2015-2020)
  2. Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR)/Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). (DFID/IDRC). (2014-2019).
  3. The political economy of climate-compatible development in three countries: Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique. Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). (2013-2014).
  4. Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium (DDDAC). Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) (2012-2015).
  5. Utilization of Organic Waste to Improve Agricultural Productivity (UOWIAP) Project (2015-2017)
  6. Halting the menace; Improving the Management of Ghana’s Coasts. Hanns Seidel Foundation. (2011-2014).
  7. Comparing the environmental attitudes of migrant and indigenous school children in the coastal zone of Ghana. IESS Research Funds. (2012)
  8. WPII (ii) – Water Resources and Water Management Thematic Focus under the project Building Capacity to meet the Climate Change Challenge (B4C) – Ghana, led by the University of Ghana, funded by the Open Society Institute (2010-2013).
  9. Understanding the Findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2007 Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Development Planning. World Meteorological Organisation (WMO); Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); Global Change SysTem for Analysis Research and Training (START); Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) of the University of Dar es Salaam; University of Ghana (UG); and the Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies (BCAS). (2009-2012).
  10. Achieving triple wins: identifying climate smart investment strategies for the coastal zone. Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). (2011-2012).
  11. National Diagnostic on Knowledge Gaps and Research Capacity. Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and University of Ghana. (2011).
  12. Facilitation team member, Finalization of the National Climate Change Policy Framework (NCCPF) and the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) for Ghana for the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, June 2010 to July 2013

Publications from 2003 to Date:

A. Book

  1. Lawson, E.T. (2010). Inclusion of Ghanaian women in coastal natural resource management: The role of environmental attitudes and values.  VDM Verlag Dr. Müller e.K. Saarbrücken. 188p.

B. Book Chapter

  1. Gordon, C., Nukpezah, D., Lawson, E.T., Ofori, B. D., Yirenya-Tawiah, D., Pabi, O., Ayivor, J. S., Koranteng, S., Darko, D. & Mensah, A. M. (2013). West Africa - water resources vulnerability using a multidimensional approach: case study of Volta Basin. In Roger A. Pielke Climate vulnerability: understanding and addressing threats to essential resources. (pp. 283-309). Waltham, Massachusetts: Academic Press.

C. Journal articles

 

2019

  1. Lawson, E. T., Alare, R. S., Salifu, A. R. Z., & Thompson-Hall, M. (2019). Dealing with climate change in semi-arid Ghana: understanding intersectional perceptions and adaptation strategies of women farmers. GeoJournal, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10708-019-09974-4
  2. Agbefe, L. E., Lawson, E. T., & Yirenya-Tawiah, D. (2019). Awareness on waste segregation at source and willingness to pay for collection service in selected markets in Ga West Municipality, Accra, Ghana. Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management, 1-10.
  3. Lawson, E. T., Ayivor, J. S., Ohemeng, F., & Ntiamoa‐Baidu, Y. (2019). Avoiding bites and scratches? Understanding the public health implication of human–bat interactions in Ghana. Zoonoses and public health, 66(1), 108-116.
  4. Shaibu, M. S., Alhassan, S.I., Avornyo, F. K., Lawson, E. T., Mensah, A. and Gordon, C. (2019). Perceptions and determinants of the adoption of indigenous strategies for adaptation to climate change: Evidence from smallholder livestock farmers in North-West Ghana. In: J. K. M. Kuwornu Climate Change and Sub-Saharan Africa: The Vulnerability and Adaptation of Food Supply Chain Actors, pp. 223-240. Vernon press, Delaware

2018

  1. Ohemeng, F., Ayivor, J. S., Lawson, E. T., & Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y. (2018). Local classifications of fever and treatment sought among populations at risk of zoonotic diseases in Ghana. PloS one13(8), e0201526.
  2. Nyekodzi, G., Lawson, E. T., & Gordon, C. (2018). Evaluating the impacts of dredging and saline water intrusion on rural livelihoods in the Volta Estuary. International journal of river basin management, (1), 93-105.

2017

  1. Lawson, E.T., Ohemeng, F., Ayivor, J., Leach, M., Waldman, L., & Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y. Understanding Framings and Perceptions of Spillover: Preventing Future Outbreaks of Bat-Borne Zoonoses?  Disaster Prevention and Management 26(4)
  2. Ohemeng, F., Lawson, E. T., Ayivor, J., Leach, M., Waldman, L., & Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y. (2017). Socio-cultural Determinants of Human–Bat Interactions in Rural Ghana. anthrozoös30(2), 181-194.
  3. Rao, N., Lawson, E. T., Raditloaneng, W. N., Solomon, D., & Angula, M. N. (2017). Gendered vulnerabilities to climate change: insights from the semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia. Climate and Development11(1), 14-26.

2016

  1. Ahmed, A., Lawson, E. T., Mensah, A., Gordon, C., & Padgham, J. (2016). Adaptation to climate change or non-climatic stressors in semi-arid regions? Evidence of gender differentiation in three agrarian districts of Ghana Environmental Development, DOI: 10.1016/j.envdev.2016.08.002
  2. Lawson, E.T. (2016). Negotiating stakeholder participation in the Ghana National Climate Change Policy International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. 8(3), 399-417.
  3. Dzingirai, V., Bett, B., Bukachi, S., & Lawson, E., Mangwanya, L., Scoones, I., Waldman, L., Wilkinson, A., Leach, M. and Winnebah, T. (2016). Zoonotic diseases: who gets sick, and why? Explorations from Africa. Critical Public Health DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2016.1187260
  4. Van Dyck, I.P., Nunoo, F.K.E. & Lawson, E.T. (2016). An empirical assessment of marine debris, seawater quality and littering in Ghana. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 4, 21-36. 
  5. Ofori, B. D., Lawson, E. T., Ayivor, J S., and Kanlisi, R. (2016). Sustainable livelihood adaptation in dam-affected Volta Delta, Ghana: Lessons of NGO support.  Journal of Sustainable Development 9(3):248-260.
  6. Lawson, E. T., Ayivor, J. S., Ohemeng, F., & Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y. (2016). Social Determinants of a Potential Spillover of Bat-Borne Viruses to Humans in Ghana International Journal of Biology 8(2): 66-76
  7. Lawson, E. T. (2016). Re-thinking relationships between environmental attitudes and values for effective coastal natural resource management in Ghana. Local Environment21(7), 898-917.

2015

  1. Habtezion, S., Adelekan, I., Aiyede, E., Biermann, F., Fubara, M., Gordon, C., Gyekye, K., Kasimbazi, E., Kibugi, R., Lawson, E., Mensah, A., Mubaya, C., Olorunfemi, F., Paterson, A., Tadesse, D., Usman, R. & Zondervan.R. (2015). Earth System Governance in Africa: knowledge and capacity needs. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability(14):198-205. DOI:10.1016/j.cosust.2015.06.009.
  2. Lawson, E.T., Gordon, C., Mensah A. M & Atipoe, E. (2015) Developing tools for community-based environmental education for migrant children and youth in Ghana. Journal of Education and Learning 4( 2), 6-18
  3. Padgham, J., Abubakari, A., Ayivor, J., Dietrich, K., Fosu-Mensah, B., Gordon, C., Habtezion, S., Lawson, E., Mensah, A., Nukpezah, D., Ofori, B., Piltz, S., Sidibé, A., Sissoko, M., Totin, E., Traoré, S., Dazé, A. & Echeverría, D. (2015). Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in semi-arid areas in West Africa. ASSAR Working Paper.
  4. Lawson, E.T. (2014). When Rhetoric Meets Reality: Attitudinal Change and Coastal Zone Management in Ghana. Environment and Natural Resources Research 4 (4), 37-50
  5. Braimah, F. R. & Lawson, E.T. (2014). Does is matter where I live? Comparing the impact of housing quality on child development in          slum and non-slum areas in Ghana International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies  5(3), 375-393.
  6. Ofori, B. D., Nukpezah, D., Ayivor, J. S., Lawson, E. T., & 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        (IJDS) 3 (2), 353-370.
  7. Lawson, E.T. & Bentil, G. (2014). Shifting sands: changes in community perceptions of mining in Ghana. Journal of Environment, Development and Sustainability. 16 (1), 217-238.
  8. Tanner, T., Mensah, A., Lawson, E.T., Gordon, C., Godfrey-Wood, R., & Cannon, T. (2014). Political Economy of Climate Compatible Development: Artisanal Fisheries and Climate Change in Ghana, IDS Working Paper 446, ISBN: 978-1-78118-185-0.

2013

  1. Gordon, C., Nukpezah, D., Lawson, E.T., Ofori, B. D., Yirenya-Tawiah, D., Pabi, O., Ayivor, J. S., Koranteng, S., Darko, D. & Mensah, A. M. (2013). West Africa - water resources vulnerability using a multidimensional approach: case study of Volta Basin. In Roger A. Pielke Climate vulnerability: understanding and addressing threats to essential resources. (pp. 283-309). Waltham, Massachusetts: Academic Press.
  2. Lawson, E.T. (2013). Your leisure, my space: using residents’ perceptions as indicators in sustainable coastal tourism development in Ghana. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure 2 (4), 1-15.
  3. Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y., LawsonE.T., Suu-Ire, R., Amponsah-Mensah, K., Cunningham, A., Gianni Lo Iacono, Leach, M., Waldman, L. & Wood, J. (2013). Research Updates Situation Analysis Ghana. Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium.
  4. Tompkins, E. L., Mensah, A., King, L., Long, T. K., Lawson, E. T., Hutton, C. W., Hoang, V. A., Gordon, C., Fish, M., Dyer, J. & Bood, N. (2013).An investigation of the evidence of benefits from climate compatible development. Sustainability Research Institute No. 44, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Working Paper No. 124, SRI Papers http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/fileadmin/Documents/research/sri/workingpaper

2012

  1. Yirenya-Tawiah, D & Lawson, E.T. (2012). Boosting Health and Improving Sanitation in Ghana.  Development and Cooperation International Journal  39, 327-329.

  2. Lawson, E. T., Gordon, C. & Schluchter, W. (2012). The Dynamics of Poverty-Environment Linkages in the Coastal Zone of Ghana. Ocean & Coastal Management 67, 30-38.

  3. Darimani, A., Lawson, E.T. & Yanoore, I (2012).  The demand-side governance and community development in the natural resource sector. report submitted to the World Bank, Ghana

2011

  1. Gordon, C., Lawson, E. T., Mensah, A. M. & Gbeckor-Kove, P. (2011). Diagnostic on Climate Change and Development Research in Ghana: An analysis of knowledge gaps and research capacity in Ghana. Accra: University of Ghana, Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies

2010

  1. Lawson, E.T. (2010). Inclusion of Ghanaian women in coastal natural resource management: The role of environmental attitudes and values.  VDM Verlag Dr. Müller e.K. Saarbrücken. 188p.
  2. Gordon, C., Jallow, A., Lawson, E. T., Ayivor, A. & Mensah, M. (2010). Food security and natural resources management: Overview on climate change implications for Africa Nature & Faune  25 (1),10-17.
  3. Lawson, E. T., Schluchter, W. & Gordon, C. (2010). Using the paired comparison methodology to assess environmental values in the coastal zone of GhanaJournal of Coastal Conservation 14(3), 231 – 238.

2009

  1. Mensah, A., Tweneboah, E & Gordon, C. (2009). Integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation in development planning: national policy dialogue in Ghana. post dialogue report. Centre for African Wetlands, University of Ghana, Legon. October 19 – 21, 2009
  2. Gordon, C., Tweneboah, E., Mensah, M. & Ayivor, J. (2009)The application of the ecosystem approach to Mangrove management: Lessons for Ghana. Nature & Faune 24 (1), 30-41.

2008

  1. Tweneboah, E. & Asiedu, B. A. (2008). Some perspectives of hosts and guests on coastal tourism development in two destinations in Ghana. Ghana Journal of Geography 22 :21-25

D. Conference Proceedings

  1. Lawson, E.T., Gordon, C. & Mensah, A. (2013). Engaging and Empowering children and youth in the Climate Change Discourse. Experts meeting on climate change education for sustainable development in Africa. Mauritius 20-22 March 2013.
  2. Tweneboah, E & Gordon, C. (2003). Visions for the Future: Women in Integrated Coastal Zone Management – A case study of Ada-Foah. Conference proceedings People and the sea II: Conflicts, Threats and Opportunities. September 4 - 6, 2003 Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  3. Tweneboah, E. (2003). Looking Back - Narratives of Ashanti Women in Pre-Colonial and Colonial Era. Paper presented at Conference on Motherhood. 15th-20th February 2003 Dakar, Senegal.

E. Monographs/Technical reports/Others

  1. Tanner, T., Mensah, A., Lawson, E. T., Gordon, C., Godfrey-Wood, R. and Cannon, T. (2014). Political Economy of Climate Compatible Development: Artisanal Fisheries and Climate Change in Ghana IDS Working Paper 446, IDS.
  2. Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y., Lawson, E.T., Suu-Ire, R., Amponsah-Mensah, K., Cunningham, A., Gianni Lo Iacono, Leach, M., Waldman, L. & Wood, J. (2013). Research Updates Situation Analysis Ghana. Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium.
  3. Tompkins, E. L., Mensah, A., King, L., Long, T. K., Lawson, E. T., Hutton, C. W., Hoang, V. A., Gordon, C., Fish, M., Dyer, J. & Bood, N. (2013).An investigation of the evidence of benefits from climate compatible development. London, GB, Sustainability Research Institute, 27pp. (Sustainability Research Institute Paper, 44).
  4. Darimani, A., Lawson, E.T. & Yanoore, I (2012).  The demand-side governance and community development in the natural resource sector. report submitted to the World Bank, Ghana
  5. Lawson, E.T., Mensah, M. & Gordon, C. (2012).  Climate Change in Relation to   Migration and Global Environmental Change. UK Foresight Programme.
  6. Gordon, C., Lawson, E. T., Mensah, A. M. & Gbeckor-Kove, P. (2011). Diagnostic on Climate Change and Development Research in Ghana: An analysis of knowledge gaps and research capacity in Ghana. Accra: University of Ghana, Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies
  7. Mensah, A., Tweneboah, E & Gordon, C. (2009). Integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation in development planning: national policy dialogue in Ghana. post dialogue report. Centre for African Wetlands, University of Ghana, Legon. October 19 – 21, 2009
  8. Fuest, V., Ampomah, B., Haffner, S. A. & Tweneboah, E. (2005). Mapping the water sector of Ghana. An inventory of institutions and actors. Unpublished research report. GLOWA Volta Project. Center for Development Research University of Bonn.
  9. Mensah, A., Tweneboah, E. & Gordon, C. (2004). Towards Regional Capacity Building for Environmental Assessment and Management in West Africa. Proceedings of a workshop on: Regional Training for environmental Assessment and Management in West Africa, Accra, Ghana. 6-7 May 2004. 

Teaching 

  • On leave of absence

Student supervision

 PhD Environmental Science

  1. Benedicta Odonkor: Analysis of social and physical vulnerability to climate induced floods and it impacts: A comparative study of selected communities in Dar es Salaam (Ongoing)
  2. Edward Koomson: Provision and management of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes for climate change adaptation in semi-arid northern Ghana. (Ongoing)
  3. Stephen Omari: Climate change and vulnerability in the Upper West Region of Ghana (2018).
  4. Paschal Mugabe: The effects of climate variability on food security in Tanzania. The case of Bagamoyo District. (2017).

 MPhil Environmental Science

  1. Lois Agbefe Eyram: Integrating waste segregation into solid waste management system: a case of some selected markets in Ga west municipality (2017)
  2. Jemima Akua Owusu: Waste management in some selected basic schools in the Tema Metropolis (2017)
  3. Belinda Assabil: Women farmers’ perception of climate change/variability and their adaptation strategies (2017)
  4. Abdul Rauf Zanya Salifu: Social differentiation in livelihood vulnerability and adaptation: a case study of groundnut producers in the Upper West Region of Ghana (2016)
  5. Barbara Baidoo: The vulnerability and adaptation of climate change impacts on women farmers in the Agona West Municipality. (2015).
  6. Gifty Nyekodzi: An assessment of the environmental impacts of tourism development at Ada in the Dangme East District of Ghana. (2015).
  7. Irene Himans: Land-based activities and sources of pollution to the Accra-Tema coastland. Trends, threats and mitigation measures (2014).
  8. Francis Yeboah: An assessment of processing environment, microbial quality and antibiotic resistance of pathogens isolated from fresh meat sold at Techiman Municipality. (2014).

  M.A Social Policy

  1. Giselle Djadoo-Lindsay: Factors affecting the acquisition and utilisation of skills by informal apprentices in Nima-Accra (2011).
  2. Kenneth Abotsi: Community engagement in public safety; an assessment of neighbourhood watch committees in the Maamobi area. (2011)
  3. Dora Asomani Owusu: Preventing child sexual assault - an assessment of public knowledge of support services and utilisation at Taifa, Accra. (2011).
  4. Farouk Rabiu Braimah: The comparative effects of housing on children’s wellbeing in Old Fadama and Asylum Down (2011)
  5. Nafisa Ewurama Quainoo: Examination of maternal health issues amongst women in Tema (2010).
  6. Agnes A.S. Titriku: Fiscal decentralisation in Ghana: A case study of the use of the District Assemblies Common Fund in Ho Municipal (2010).
  7. Ethel Awumah: The Nationl Health Insurance Scheme and safe motherhood in health care delivery - a case of La General Hospital. (2010)
  8. Dunstan Ayivie: Effects of community-based health and planning services on infant and maternal mortality: A case study of the Kwaebibirem District. (2010)
  9. Gloria Mensah Bentil: An examination on the socio-economic implication of mining in the Asutifi District (2010).