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Professor Nana Akua Anyidoho is the Director of the Centre for Social Policy Studies, and Associate Professor, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), both of the University of Ghana. Her background is primarily in developmental psychology and social policy, with additional training in statistics, economics and African Studies, and in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She is especially interested in how young people and women, as marginalized social groups, respond to globalized and neoliberalizing policy structures in their struggles for social and economic rights.

She serves on the Executive Committee of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association (ASA), and the Advisory Board of the SSRC's Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program. She is the immediate past President of the Ghana Studies Association (GSA). Anyidoho has a BA in Psychology (1997) from the University of Ghana and a PhD in Human Development and Social Policy (2005) from Northwestern University. See more details of her projects and publications at

Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte is a Political Scientist and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of African Studies (IAS), University of Ghana. He joined IAS in 2011 and in 2012, was adjudged the most “Promising Young Researcher” by the School (previously Faculty) of Social Sciences of the University. Between 2013 and early 2017, he was a Policy Advisor at the Office of the President of Ghana, with parallel responsibility as Ag. Executive Director of the Ghana National Service Scheme. His research interests include institutionalism, public policy analysis, comparative politics, social policy, governance, nation-building, and the politics of transnational actors in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was previously a recipient of the highly competitive Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, as well as the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Policy from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan.

 Among others, his peer-reviewed articles have been published in Policy Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Gerontologist, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Canadian Public Policy, Canadian Journal of Public Administration, Poverty and Public Policy, Ghana Journal of Development Studies, International Social Security Review, Journal of Developing Societies, Journal of Politics and Law, Journal of Developing Country Studies, Review of International Political Economy, Pensions, and Research Review of African Studies. He obtained his PhD and MA from McMaster University and Brock University respectively in Ontario Canada; and his BA from the University of Ghana, Legon. ;



Hawa Imam

Hauwa Imam (nee Ibrahim) is a Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Abuja. She is a versatile, multi-disciplinary researcher. Her areas of interest include policy and social change, educational administration, gender, and marginalized youths, action research, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development. She has formed successful research partnerships as a member of a 15-man international network of scholars involved in cross-boundary studies. Imam has served as a consultant to the Federal Ministries of Education, Women Affairs and Social Development, National Planning as well as Youth Development in Nigeria at varying times.


She has held many leadership positions at the Faculty of Education, University of Abuja including as Director, Centre for Gender Security Studies and Youth Advancement. She has to her credit many refereed publications, children’s books, commissioned biographies, historical documentation, television soaps, and poems. She is a member of several professional associations with awards, including the Chartered Institute of Administrators (as a fellow), and Nigerian Association for Educational Administration and Planning (as the National President). She is a doctorate degree alumnus of the University of Lagos. ;