Professor Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe has been appointed the new Director of the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana, Legon. Prior to his appointment, he was Deputy Director of RIPS from August 2011 to July 2012. He is an Associate Professor of Population Studies at RIPS. Professor Codjoe was appointed Lecturer at RIPS in 2004, and was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer in 2008, and Associate Professor in 2011. He has held visiting appointments and research collaborations at the Carolina Population Centre, University of North Carolina, USA; Ohio State University, USA; University of Bonn, Germany; University of Southampton, UK; and Penn State University, USA.
Professor Codjoe obtained a B.A (Hons) degree in Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana (1992), Master of Philosophy degree in Human Geography from the University of Oslo, Norway (1998), and a PhD degree in Geography and Soil Science from the University of Bonn, Germany (2004). Prof. Codjoe’s research areas include population-environment nexus, migration, fertility, and climate change/variability and its impact on urban and rural livelihoods, and he has published extensively on these issues. He has been involved in numerous projects, and currently the Project Leader of the African Adaptation Research Centre of Excellence Initiative being sponsored by the International Development Research Centre of Canada.
He teaches a course on Population, Environment and Development at RIPS, and has teaching responsibilities at the Centre for Migration Studies, Centre for Social Policy Studies, Department of Geography and Resource Development, and the Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research all of the University of Ghana. He is currently an external examiner at the Department of Population Studies, University of Botswana. He has won several awards including the Best Researcher for 2010/2011 Academic Year, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ghana; Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Paper Award for 2011; International Union for the Scientific Study of Population Junior Demographer Award, NASA-Michigan State University Award; and International Association of Landscape Ecology Student Award.
Professor Codjoe is the Vice President of the Union for African Population Studies and a member of the Population Association of America, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of The Ghana Social Science Journal, and has presented papers at major international conferences including the Population Association of America, and Union for African Population Studies.
Professor Codjoe is a Deacon of the Living Streams Baptist Church of the Ghana Baptist Convention, and married to Mrs. Gertrude Addai-Codjoe. They have five children, namely, Marilyn Codjoe, Carl Paanii Codjoe, Kelvin Nii Ardey Codjoe, Brian Nii Baah Codjoe and Kaitlin Naa Ayikuorkor Codjoe.