Stephen Appiah Takyi

Stephen Appiah Takyi
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology | KNUST · Department of Planning

PhD

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Introduction
Dr. Stephen Appiah Takyi is a planning educator whose research interest is in the area of Development Policy, Urban Policy, Environmental Planning and Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Social Policy Planning. The complex interrelationship between economic, social and environmental goals makes it necessary to have scholars with strong academic background and research interest in economic, social and environmental policy discourse. Dr. Takyi’s approach to research acknowledges the complexity of societal problems in our world today. He therefore emphasizes on the need to approach complex societal problems from a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective.
Additional affiliations
January 2018 - July 2022
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
September 2012 - May 2017
University of Northern British Columbia
Field of study
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Studies (Environmental Planning)
September 2009 - November 2011
Queen's University
Field of study
  • Urban and Regional Planning
September 2002 - June 2006
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology
Field of study
  • Development Planning

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Publications (39)
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There is limited academic literature on the functions and characteristics of capital cities despite the important role they play in the life of every nation. The objective of the study is to undertake a comparative study of the capital city elements of Accra and Abuja. This will serve as the basis for making recommendations for the effective functi...
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The study of park history serves as an important basis for assessing how rapid growth of cities affects the availability, management and use of parks over time. The data used for this study was collected from a variety of documentary sources including Parks Board records, old newspapers and archival records. The development of parks in the City of...
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The delivery of quality park services through the provision of sustainable park infrastructure relies on efficient park management systems. The objective of this study is to help improve the theoretical basis of urban park planning processes by assessing how park management systems respond to the changing needs of park users. The data for this stud...
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Strategies for redesigning ecotourism facilities for the sustenance of their benefits are limited in the conventional literature.To address this gap, this study assesses the benefits and challenges of the Lake Bosomtwe ecotourism facility in Ghana. Data were obtained from 136 respondents who were carefully selected from the facility’s catchment. The...
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Agriculture, through its economic, social and ecological functions, presents potentials for meeting some of the targets of the 11th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). The targets include: a) reducing the adverse environmental impact of cities (target 11.6), b) providing access to green spaces (target 11.7) and c) promoting resource-use efficiency...
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Over the years, climate change and land use planning are considered debateable perspectives on the true cause of the perennial flooding in many African cities, with inconclusiveness on the subject matter. This paper thus contributes to the debate with trend analysis on which of the two perspectives is the major cause of the perennial flooding situa...
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Kumasi, Ghana's fastest growing city, attracts migrants of various backgrounds from both within and outside Ghana. This has contributed to uncontrolled lateral expansions, resulting in informal settlements with inadequate services and facilities. Urban planning is reported to have ensured environmental sustainability in cities of the global north....
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Forest reserves play an important role in the Sustainable Development agenda. This is because they offer services in sustaining the environment while at the same time performing social and economic functions. There is evidence to suggest that the location of forest reserves could have implications on their sustainable management. However, in the co...
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The authorities of cities in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are struggling to contain urban sprawl. The region's rapid population growth is expected to exacerbate the situation. Diagnoses of the problem identify rapid population growth, improved transportation network and surface condition, improved utility service distribution and high household incomes...
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A dominant narrative in conventional literature is that informality is a barrier against sustainable city development. However, in recent times, some scholars argue that informal urbanism has positive implications for the attainment of the sustainable city development goals. Following this view, this study investigates the experimental projects (re...
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The paper examines the relationship between the demographic characters of the users of green spaces and the activities they perform in green spaces. The study considers green spaces from a categorical perspective. Therefore, the study selected green spaces in the city of Kumasi that falls under three categories of green spaces. Using semi-structure...
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The mobility challenges in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have given rise to commercial motorcycle transportation. Nonetheless , its regularisation remains a fierce contest between two categories of stakeholders: critics and protagonists. While the critics base their arguments on the safety and crime concerns associated with it, the protagonists argue ba...
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Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have so far failed to sustainably address urban sprawl and its ramifications. Meanwhile, the projected increase in the urban population in the cities in SSA is expected to exacerbate the situation, making the search for sustainable solutions an urgent one. In this review, we contribute to the search for sustainabl...
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Following goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals, cities, especially those in the Global South, are striving to become sustainable and inclusive. However, those cities' intricate land governance system and associated practices present problems that may undermine the achievement of inclusiveness. Given this context, this study assesses the imp...
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The effects of urbanization such as population upsurge, increased industrialization, urban agriculture, and rural–urban migration of persons exert pressure on the limited water resources in most cities. This study investigated the impact of human activities on the water and sediment quality of the three main rivers (Wiwi, Subin, and Suntre) in Kuma...
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The roles of urban informalities in the advancement of the sustainable city agenda are contested in conventional literature. However, the contestation does not take account of the entire dimensions of sustainable cities. To present a holistic argument, the present study examines the roles of informalities in advancing the sustainable city agenda in...
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Green spaces in urban areas are considered critical infrastructure that provides economic, social, and environmental benefits for cities. This study seeks to clarify the roles of green spaces in the sustainable city discourse by first and foremost considering green spaces from a categorical perspective and then situating their tripartite roles with...
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Deforestation is a major environmental problem confronting countries in the Global South. In response to the high rate of deforestation, policymakers have over the years implemented a myriad of afforestation programmes. This study sought to assess the prospects and challenges of Ghana’s Youth in Afforestation Programme. The data used for this study...
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Slum development has become a major urban planning and management problem due to the challenges they pose to the larger urban environment. Activities of slum dwellers are known to undermine the social, economic and environmental sustainability efforts of city authorities. This makes the slum environment feature highly in urban regeneration programm...
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Wetlands are important ecological resources that provide immense socioeconomic and ecological services. Despite these services, their sustainability, especially in the cities in the Global South, is undermined by anthropogenic activities such as farming, sand and salt winning, among others. The region's rapid urbanization is expected to exacerbate...
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The promotion of environmental education through School Garden Programme (SGP) has gained global recognition. This stems from societies' growing awareness of the fundamental role school gardens play in environmental education and community adaptation to the changing climate. Although the concept is not new in Ghana, its implementation is confined t...
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The increasing demand for telecommunication services in Ghanaian cities has contributed to the expansion of the telecommunication with its associated health and safety concerns. To regulate the siting of masts towards orderliness, there exists several locational planning standards. There is however dearth of research on the extent of compliance by...
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This study assesses the level of compliance with the regulations that guide the siting of telecommunication masts in the Kumasi Metropolis. Adopting a comparative case study research approach, 83 respondents were interviewed. The results of the study showed that, there was a complete compliance with the height standard for masts; however, there was...
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In the era of climate change, irrigation is playing a pivotal role in stabilising food production, enabling dry season farming, and improving farmers’ livelihoods, particularly in Asia and African countries. Recently, Ghana has taken steps to respond to the concept of stakeholder collaboration to improve the irrigated agricultural sub-sector as wel...
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City authorities across the globe have resolved to make their cities sustainable and inclusive. However, resilience of cities to climate change, which is a vital component of the sustainable city development process, is a challenge, especially in the global south. This paper sought to critically examine the resilience of Ghanaian cities and explore...
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The global COVID-19 pandemic, with its associated issues of isolation, enhanced hygiene practices and contact tracing brought up a number of issues to the public domain, many of which bordered on the nexus between urban planning and public health. This paper sets out to examine how new ideas concerning the linkages between urban planning and public...
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Economic and spatial informality dominates the cityscape of countries in the Global South. From the perspective of urban practitioners and other stakeholders, there are two main schools of thought that discuss the roles of informality in the urban development discourse. The first school maintains that informality hinders the urban development proce...
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Globally, the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has brought to the fore enormous challenges for policy makers, particularly, as they relate to economic and public health systems. The already weakened global economic situation will be exacerbated by future uncertainties if pragmatic and innovative policies are not put in place to control the spr...
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The need to adapt to the changing climate is one of the important concerns of our time. However, the use of local ecological knowledge (LEK), which farmers have built up over the years to adopt climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices, has been less explored by researchers and policy scientists. Leveraging on LEK, this study explores various local...
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Parks are integral part of the urban environment. They play economic, structural, socio-cultural and ecological roles for the sustenance of urban areas. Unfortunately, the rapid growth of the city of Kumasi, which was historically referred to as ‘the garden city of West Africa’, is threatening the sustainability of its green spaces. This paper seek...
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Planning practice has evolved from technocratic to participatory approaches. This is driven by the need to ensure that the stakeholders of development programmes are involved in making decisions. However, participatory planning, often excludes interested publics from planning processes, due to several barriers. As such there is a recourse to digita...
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The debate on the effects of Multi Track Year-Round Education (MT-YRE) on educational outcomes remains unresolved in the conventional literature. Nevertheless, Ghana has introduced an MT-YRE in 400 schools to allow graduates from Junior High Schools, who for space constraints, would not have continued their formal educational journey, to enrol in S...
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The debate in the conventional literature on the nexus between housing improvement for slum dwellers and their economic well-being remains unsettled. The purpose of this study is to clarify the debate with insights from an upgraded housing facility in Old Tulaku, Ashaiman, Ghana. The study used a quasi-experimental research design. Primary data wer...
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The sustainability of the cocoa industry in the developing world depends heavily on the preservation of the natural environment. There is, therefore, an urgent need for more research, policies and strategies that will help address and minimize the environmental impacts of cocoa production. This study was conducted using both secondary and primary d...
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The purpose of this study was to assess how Ghana’s educational system is promoting educational equity. In terms of data collection, the study relied on secondary sources whilst Scott’s goals of educational equity served as the theoretical basis for data analysis. The results show marked disparities in Ghana’s educational system that manifest in te...
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The debate on the role of urban agriculture in the sustainable city discourse remains unresolved in the conventional literature. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to review relevant literature to clarify the role of urban agriculture in sustainable cities. The search for literature was guided by themes such as: a) urban agricultural practice...
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Parks are among the few urban infrastructure that functionally combines all the three pillars of sustainable development namely: ecological, social and economic functions. For example, Stanley Park currently serves as one of the largest tourist destinations in Canada. This helps to promote economic growth through the money spent by tourists in the...
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The paper presents an analysis of the concept of Social Impact Assessment (SIA) focusing on the approach, importance, challenges and the policy implications of conducting SIA. The research was conducted by reviewing relevant journals related to SIA accessed through library and internet sources. The stages involved in conducting SIA include descript...

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The overall goal of this study is to assess the relationship between the various catego-ries of human activities within 500m -1,000m distance from the major water bodies in the Kumasi Metropolis and the water quality. The specific objectives are: • To map the water bodies in Kumasi Metropolis. • To identify the various categories of human activities carried out along the water bodies. • To analyse the chemical and biological components of the discharges from the various categories of human activities along the water bodies. • To assess the effects of the discharges from the human activities on the quality of the water bodies.
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The goal is to start a conversation about the sustainability of cities in SSA, and together with scholars, policymakers and practitioners, engineer solutions to intractable urban development problems.