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Mr Francis Appiah

Francis Appiah

Profile summary

  • PHD Student
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences & Global Studies
  • Geography
  • francis.appiah

Professional biography

I joined the Geography department in 2015 as a PhD student after completing an MSc in environmental change and management at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI). My project work was on the assessment of land cover change in protected forest ecosystems using GIS and remote sensing techniques.

My current PhD research broadly applies the social-ecological systems (SES) framework to study resilience of agriculture and livelihood systems in dryland ecosystems, assessing factors and principles critical in building social-ecological resilience and towards achieving sustainability. Employing a mixed-methods ethnographic focused approach, the project specifically examines the responses of vulnerable smallholder farmers and communities to significant social and environmental events such as extreme droughts. And assesses how the responses build social-ecological resilience of households and communities.


MSc (Environmental Change and Management, School of Geography & Environment, University of Oxford)
MPhil (GIS & Remote Sensing, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge)
BA (Geography and Resource Development, Department of Geography & Resource Development, University of Ghana)
Certificate of Education (Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana)

Professional affiliations

Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

Research interests

  • Social-ecological resilience, environmental sustainability and development in the developing world
  • Conservation & agricultural landuse management project design and implementation
  • Teaching, student mentorship & research programmes
  • Community outreach programmes
  • Democratic Spaces