Dr Emmanuel Acheampong
Dr. Emmanuel ACHEAMPONG is a Senior Lecturer and the Head of the Department of Silviculture and Forest Management, Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management and a PhD in Human Geography (researching forest-based livelihoods and governance), both from the University of Hull, United Kingdom. His research and teaching interests include forest governance; forest policy and politics; forest-based livelihoods; natural resource economics; forests and climate change; and small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs). He has been researching forest governance systems, timber production networks and forest justices for many years resulting in several publications in peer reviewed international journals. He has done extensive research on illegal logging, including chainsaw milling in Ghana, forest governance arrangements and innovations relating to Ghana’s reforestation schemes, as well as the role of Ghana's modified taungya system (MTS) as a social safeguard in timber legality processes under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). Some of his recent works have also focused on environmental justice related to large scale biofuel investments and their impacts on local livelihoods.
Dr. Acheampong is a member of the African Forest Forum, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Ghana Institute of Foresters (GIF) and the Civil Society Coalition on Land (CICOL), Ghana.