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Ellis Adjei Adams

Assistant Professor
Education

2016 PhD Geography, Environmental & Spatial Sciences, Michigan State University
2012 Certificate in Sustainable Water Resources Planning, Ohio State University
2011 M.S Environmental Policy, Michigan Technological University
2007 B. S Natural Resources Mgt, University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Specializations

Global water security, Water policy and governance, Water resources, Water-sanitation-health, Cities and informal settlements, Africa, Urban political ecology, global health, Gender, Human-environment interactions, Community-Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM)

Biography

Ellis Adjei Adams is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Geosciences at Georgia State University. His research lies at the intersection of human-environment interactions in cities, poor urban and peri-urban, and informal settlements of Sub-Saharan Africa. His primary research for the past few years has explored institutional, governance, and socio-political dimensions of water resources and potable water access in the Sub-Saharan African context, including the role of neoliberal, market-based privatization of urban water supply. His most recent project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant examined the impact of decentralization reforms (via community-public partnerships) on access to potable water in Malawi’s urban and peri-urban informal settlements. Dr. Adams continues to be interested in scholarship on urban livelihoods, urban and political geography, and sustainable development, and particularly passionate about how institutions, socio-economics, politics, and culture influence access to water, sanitation, and other resources in cities and informal settlements of Sub-Saharan Africa, all in the context of population growth and unprecedented, rapid urbanization in the region. He is currently involved in the following research projects either as a lead or a collaborator:

Publications

Adams, E. A., Thirsty Slums in African Cities: Access to Potable water in Malawi’s Urban and Peri-Urban Informal Settlements. International Journal of Water Resources Development. doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2017.1322941

Dos Santos, E. A. Adams, E. M. Bernhardt, A. de Sherbinin, G. Neuville, Y. Wada. S. B. Adamo. Urban Growth and Water Access in Least Developed Countries: Progress, Challenges, and Emerging Research Directions. Science of the Total Environment.607-608 (497-508)

Adams E.A, Zulu L.C (2015). Participants or Customers in Water Governance? Community-Public Partnerships for Peri-Urban Water Supply. Geoforum 65 (112-124).

Adams E.A, Boateng O. J, Amoyaw O. J (2015). Socioeconomic and Demographic Predictors of Potable Water and Sanitation Access in Ghana. Social Indicators Research (1-15).

Adams, E. A., Halvorsen, K. (2014). Nongovernmental Organization Staff Views of Global Water Privatization. Human Geographies 8 (2):1-15

Adams E. A (2014). Behavioral Attitudes towards Water Conservation and Re-use among the United States Public. Resources and Environment 4 (3):162-167.

Otoo R, Adams EA, Boateng D, Baffour PA. (2014). Waste Management Services in the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana. International Journal of Community Development 2(2):23-29

Tia-Adjei M., Boateng D, Adams E. A (2013). Determinants of Household Water Quality in the Tamale Metropolis, Ghana. Journal of Environment and Health Sciences 3(7):70-77

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