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Associate Professor Stephen Owusu Kwankye
University of Ghana

Dr. Stephen O. Kwankye is an Associate Professor of the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), College of Humanities, at the University of Ghana, Legon. He holds a PhD in Population Studies with specialisation in adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues and engages in research on migrant children’s sexual and reproductive health. Between 2011 and 2014, he worked on secondment to the National Population Council of Ghana as the Executive Director, in charge of coordinating all population-related programmes in Ghana and advising government on relevant policy interventions. He has tremendous experience in population and development advocacy and undertakes quantitative and qualitative research related to population and reproductive health. He worked with a team to produce the National Migration Policy and a Strategic Plan for Ghana in 2012-2014. He served as Principal Investigator on the “Barriers to Condom Use in Ghana Study” and as a co-Principal Investigator on “North-South Independent Migration of Children in Ghana” with a principal focus on the decision-making process, coping strategies, their sexual and reproductive health, return, and re-integration. He also served as International Technical Editor of nine thematic reports on the 2015 Population and Housing Census of Sierra Leone. His research interests are in adolescent sexual and reproductive health, independent child migration, fertility, population and development interrelationships, and demographic data collection and he has several publications in these areas to his credit. He is currently a member of the Pentecost University Council, Ghana.

African Child Migrants-related Publications

Kwankye, S.O. (2012). Transition into adulthood: experiences of return independent child migrants in northern Ghana. Omnes The Journal of Multicultural Society. Vol.3 No.1, pp. 1-24.

Kwankye, S.O. (2011). Independent North–South Child Migration as a Parental Investment in Northern Ghana. Population, Space and Place. Published online in Wiley Online Library ( DOI: 10.1002/psp.682.

Kwankye, S.O. (2010). The Social and Reproductive Health Implications of Independent            North-South Child Migration in Ghana. Research Review. NS 26.2, 19-27.

Kwankye, S.O., Anarfi, J.K., Tagoe, C.A., and Castaldo, A. (2009). “Independent North-South Child Migration in Ghana: The Decision-Making Process”. Sussex Centre for Migration Research Working Paper T-29. February.

Kwankye, S.O., Anarfi, J.K., Tagoe, C.A., and Castaldo, A. (2009). Coping Strategies of Independent Child Migrants from Northern Ghana to Southern Cities”. Rural-Urban Migration: Trends, Challenges and Strategies, edited by Rajagopalan, The Icfai University Press, India, pp.171-197.


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