Michael Acheampong, PhD

Assistant Professor, Center for Urban Ecology & Sustainability

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  • PhD, University of South Florida
  • MSc, Halmstad University
  • BSc, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Research Interests

Michael is an interdisciplinary researcher whose primary research interest examines the spatio-temporal dynamics of human-environment interactions, and political ecology of natural resources in developing countries. He focuses on studying the power dynamics and socioeconomic factors that underpin environmental changes in resource-rich areas in Africa and the connection between resource abundance and conflicts, using a different development theories. Michael is also interested in researching the impacts of climate change on water and agricultural resources. In other areas of interest, Michael focuses on global renewable energy development and policies, especially bioenergy production. He is also interested in studies with global and public health implications, such as population health (in)equities. Being an interdisciplinary researcher, Michael utilizes a mix of qualitative and quantitative research techniques and skillset to execute his research agenda.

Selected Publications

Acheampong, M., Ejiofor, C., Salinas-Miranda, A. A, Wall, B. N., & Yu, Q. (2019). Under-5 Mortality in Africa: An Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) Analysis of Disparities among Countries towards Achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Global Health Research and Policy;  4 (1), 3.

Acheampong, M., Yu, Q., Ebude, D. L., Ertem, F.C., Ananga, E., Tanim, S., Vaziri, M., & Eduful, M. (2019). Is Ghana Ready to Attain Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number 7? - A Comprehensive Assessment of Its Renewable Energy Potentials and Pitfalls. Energies; 12(3), 408.

Acheampong, M., Yu, Q., Enomah, D.L., Anchang, J., & Eduful, M. (2018). Land Use/ Cover Change in Ghana's Oil City: Assessing the Impact of Neoliberal Economic Policies and Implications for Sustainable Development Goal Number One – A Remote Sensing and GIS Approach. Land Use Policy 73; 373–384.

Yu, Q., Acheampong, M., Pu, R., Landry, S., Ji, W., & Dahigamuwa, T. (2018). Assessing effects of urban vegetation height on land surface temperature in the City of Tampa, Florida, USA. International Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation 73; 712 – 720.

Vaziri, M., Acheampong, M., Downs, J., & Majid, M. R. (2018). Poverty as a Function of Space: Understanding the Spatial Configuration of Poverty in Malaysia for Sustainable Development Goal Number One. GeoJournal; 1 – 20. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10708-018-9926-8.

Acheampong, M., Ejiofor, C., Salinas-Miranda, A., Jaward, F.M., Eduful, M., & Yu, Q. (2018) Bridging the Under-Five Mortality Gap for Africa in the Era of Sustainable Development Goals: An Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) Analysis. Annals of Global Health 84(1); 1–11.

Acheampong, M., Ertem, F. C., Kappler, B., & Neubauer, P. (2017). In Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 7: Will biofuels be reliable? Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 75; 927-937.

Acheampong, M., Ejiofor, C., & Salinas-Miranda, A. A. (2017). An Analysis of Determinants of Under-5 Mortality across Countries: Defining Priorities to Achieve Targets in Sustainable Development Goals. Maternal and Child Health Journal 21 (6); 1428-1447.

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