Vivian Nsiah

Profile

I have had my early education in Ghana. My most recent studies, Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Philosophy were in Integrated Community Development and Development Management respectively were undertaken in the University for Development Studies, Ghana. The above programmes exposed me to courses that heightened the essence of participation and bottom-up development as opposed to top-down development and external imposition of development that led to prejudices and projects failure in Ghana and many parts of the world.

After my undergraduate studies, I served as a Teaching Assistant in the University for Development Studies, where I assisted in teaching, marking and examining of students in courses like Research Methods, Project Proposal Writing, Development Theories, Conflict Management and Development, Workshop for Development Workers, and Monitoring and Evaluation. The teaching experience here exposed me to students experience, theories and praxis of development discourse.

Whilst studying during my Masters level, the modules and courses dived deep into the politics of survival, conflicts, management, elite capture and other socio-ecological factors associated with natural resources, a basic means of survival in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, which Ghana was included. The urge to know more about the politics of natural resources led my MPhil thesis which researched the dynamics of natural resource use conflicts and multistakeholder collaboration in Ghana, using the case of Mole National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site in Northern Ghana. The results from this research shown that, aside the masculinities in resource poaching that generated conflicts, there were connections among women, (in)ability to access water and the resultant encroachment of the Mole Park boundaries, an action that attracted conflict between the Park and the women. 

Between 2018 and 2019, I worked at the Physical Planning Department of Ablekuma West Municipal Assembly. The main duties of the department which included, development control, city planning and compliance engaged me on the day-to-day urbanization challenges associated with housing, development compliance, revenue generation and sustainable urban pathways.

Research interests

My research interests centres on Natural Resources, Migration, Gender and Development, and Feminisms.

My current PhD research is an expansion of my research interests in Natural Resources. This time, it connects my personal interest and identity as a feminist as well as my past research experience in Northern Ghana to explore the gender transformative agenda by looking at the role Women in Northern Ghana play in terms of Water Governance from the African Feminist perspective vis-a-vis the Western Feminist view of who an empowered woman should be. I intend to engage views on African Feminisms, Decolonisation theories, Women and Water Governance in Sub-Saharan as well as field work to bring out issues that harness the agency of African women in decision making governing water resources. 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Integrated Community Development)
  • Masters of Philosophy (Development Management)