Alesia Ofori Dedaa

Alesia Ofori Dedaa


The thesis shows the complex relationship between water, gold mining and societies through the lens of the everyday lives of villagers in Akyem Adukrom in Eastern Ghana. It seeks to answer the question, what is the political ecology of water-mining nexus in Ghana? How can we make sense of the political ecology of water mining nexus? Political ecology suggests that nature’s interaction with human actors should not be a determinant, fixed and unidirectional but rather dialectical. Most importantly, nature’s role in this dialectical relationship should be examined beyond its physical attributes to encompass its impact on socio-political outcomes.  The political ecology of W-M Nexus in Ghana provides a detailed understanding of how water and gold mining interact with complex political human societies to produce each other dynamically. My ethnographic approach to the problem above provides deep insights into both water and mining issues in my case study area, whilst offering lessons to understanding community politics and natural resource management in Ghana. 

Currently, I work with the water@leeds as a Project Assistant on the ‘Top 100 Global Water Research Questions’ Project and also in the Knowledge Hub (a collaboration project between Global Water Partnership -GWP-Tanzania and water@leeds)

Research interests

Published Work (Articles and Blogs)

Research Interest 

  • Political Ecology and Economy
  • Water Governance
  • Artisanal Small scale Mining 
  • Agricultural Livelihoods
  • Gender and Development 


  • Masters of Sustainable Forest Management- University of British Columbia' 16
  • BSc Natural Resource Management- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology'14

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for African Studies
  • Centre for Global Development