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Prosper Issahaku Korah

Prosper Issahaku Korah
SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies · Planning

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Prosper Issahaku Korah holds a PhD in urban and environmental planning from Griffith University. Prosper's research interest is within a broader context of urban transformation and planning.
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October 2017 - October 2020
Griffith University
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  • PhD Student

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Publications (21)
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Urbanization induced growth of secondary cities presents several issues and challenges for sustainable development. Yet, secondary cities continue to receive less attention from scholars, city planners and policymakers in Africa. Understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of secondary cities is critical for achieving Sustainable Development Go...
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Urbanization is threatening wetlands that provide multiple ecosystem services essential for urban functionality across African cities. With large urban agglomerations characterized by rapid and uncontrolled urban development , wetlands in African cities are under intense pressure of extinction. Yet, research exploring their urban planning implicati...
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Enclave urbanism-the privatisation of land for housing, technology, and commercial purposes-is gaining currency among scholars as a notion for explaining contemporary spatial restructuring. However, existing scholarship tends to over-emphasise enclave urbanism as a universal phenomenon that has negative consequences for certain groups in society. R...
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Over a dozen countries in Africa are currently constructing more than 70 new cities from scratch. There has been a recent surge of scholarship on the role of Chinese investors in urban projects in Africa, particularly as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. However, there are other powerful foreign actors from emerging economies engaged in new...
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Land ownership is given little attention in scholarly accounts of how and why new city visions are mobilised and implemented in Africa. In this paper we examine the evolution of Accra City Extension Project (ACEP)-an urban strategy to modernise and respond to urbanisation pressures in the Greater Accra Region, Ghana. We trace the origins and ration...
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Rapid urbanization contributes to the many contemporary issues and challenges that confront cities. Sustainable urban development emerges as an essential planning goal in many jurisdictions seeking to cope with urbanization pressures. To achieve urban sustainability objectives, the notion of a “smart city” becomes a promising policy option. Yet, li...
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The purpose of this paper is to: (1) explore the motivations and rationales that underpin the production of new cities in Accra and (2) understand the governance arrangements for such cities. The paper adopts a non-re-ductionist approach underpinned by a conjunction of assemblage thinking and actor network theory to trace the emergence and governan...
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Sustainable urban planning is essential in mediating the natural and built environments globally, yet, there is little progress as regards its attainment in developing countries. Rapid and unplanned urbanization continue to threaten the sustainability of many cities in Africa. By selecting Morogoro Municipal Council (MMC) in Tanzania as an example,...
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Recognition of the importance of land access in mining resettlement communities in the context of sustainable development discourse in many African countries has not necessarily been translated into practice. This paper describes the livelihood challenges and sustainable development implications of a mining-induced resettlement programme in Ghana w...
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Rapid urbanisation and globalisation are creating relentless spatial transformation across the globe. There is a growing interest in understanding and conceptualising the emergent and often contested spatial morphologies and typologies in cities as they mediate the competing demands of global and local forces. This paper examines spatial and tempor...
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Climate change and associated manifestations are creating significant stress in many parts of the world. Increased climate variability especially altered temperature and rainfall patterns, is predicted to be one of the major factors to aggravate the everyday shocks and stressors facing Africa’s growing poor urban populations. Consequently, respondi...
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This paper examines how indigenous peri-urban households in Wa, one of the fastest growing towns in Ghana are adapting to the effects of physical transformation of their environment. By analysing Landsat satellite images and using social research methods, the paper discusses the nature and extent of urban growth, its impact on peri-urban livelihood...
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This research uses empirical data to explore the link between spatial plans and ‘actual development’ occurring in Kumasi, Ghana. The research found that urban development is determined by both spatial plans and spontaneous informal development patterns (i.e. self-organisation). However, self-organisation is more widespread compared to spatially pla...
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More recently, driven by rapid and unguided urbanisation and climate change, Ghanaian cities are increasingly becoming hotspots for severe flood-related events. This paper reviews urbanisation dynamics in Ghanaian cities, and maps flood hazard zones and access to flood relief services in Kumasi, drawing insight from multi-criteria analysis and spat...
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In this paper, an analysis of civic initiatives to collectively realise a particular community ambition amongst informal settlers in a Ghanaian metropolitan area is presented. This community ambition is grounded in collective intent with no government or city authority intervention. Using secondary data review and interviews conducted in two select...
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The purpose of this research is twofold: to explore the complexity of spatial plan preparation and implementation in Ghana using Kumasi as a case study; and second, to examine the contradictions of spatial plans and ‘actual development’ occurring in Kumasi. Using social science research methods (semi-structured interviews) and physical survey (land...
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There is growing interest among spatial planners to see spontaneous civic initiatives supporting urban development. The occurrence of self-organisation in two informal settlements in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana is considered. The system theories of self-organisation (dissipative structures, synegertics and autopoietic) and actor-network...
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This paper investigates spatial distribution of places of worship (PoW) and its implications on sustainable land use planning in a rapidly urbanising city of Kumasi, Ghana. Using semi-structured interviews, document reviews and agency consultations, this paper focused on three issues: (a) the location and distribution of PoW, (b) factors considered...
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It is estimated that with the onset of climate change, flood risks will not subside in the future and the intensity and frequency of floods will threaten many regions of the world particularly urban areas. Current spatial plans used for guiding the development of urban areas have also been criticized for failing to match dynamism and unpredictable...

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