Dr. Robert (Bob) O. Manteaw


Robert (Bob) O. Manteaw [BA (Cape Coast), MSc (London), MA (Ohio, U.S.A) PhD (Pullman, U.S.A)]

Research Fellow

Email: rmanteaw@ug.edu.gh

My scholarship converges at the intersection of contemporary sustainable development thinking and practice and climate change adaptation governance. My research, teaching, and practice are complementary. My works, therefore, explore diverse, but interrelated themes within the broader sustainable development agenda. 

I am particularly curious about issues around:

  • Climate Change Learning
  • Sustainability Education
  • Climate Adaptation Governance
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Foresight & Scenarios Science
  • Climate Adaptation Knowledge Brokerage
  • Socio-Ecological Systems Resilience
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Planetary Health (Climate, Socio-Ecological and Public Health)

My overarching interest in all this is to facilitate knowledge development, Learning and Knowledge Uptake for social and ecological transformation. The boundary lines between my teaching, research and practice are blurred as I always strive to bring my different experiences to bear. I approach teaching and learning from a participatory and experiential standpoint. I include myself in the learning process and challenge my students to see the wider community as our classroom. I define community broadly to include human and the non-human, global and the local, and by so doing create an inclusive and accommodating platform within the learning process where students are able to make creative connections between intellect and experience.

Teaching Overview

My interdisciplinary background facilitates my versatility in teaching diverse courses and subjects. I currently teach two graduate courses:

  • CCSD 605 Environmental Sustainability and Impact Evaluation
  • CCSD 604: Climate Change Policies and Legal Frameworks

Selected Academic Publications

 Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Manteaw B.O (2020). Mindscapes and Landscapes: Learning to Adapt in Transnational Climate Adaptation Collaborative in Africa. Consilience: Journal of Sustainable Development. (22) 93-103.
  2. Manteaw, B.O. (2020-Forthcoming). Sanitation Dilemmas and Urban Futures in Africa: Foregrounding Public Health in Contemporary Urban Planning. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. (9)5. September 2020
  3. Manteaw B. O. & Boachie, J. (2019). Africa’s Urban Waste Management and Sanitation Challenges: Are transfer stations the solution? Environment and Pollution; (9) 1. https://doi.org/10.5539/ep.v9n1p1
  4. Manteaw B.O. (Accepted). A Sour Taste in Your Mouth: The socio-ecological imperative of Chocolate as pedagogy. Journal of Teacher Education and Sustainability
  5. Manteaw, B. O (Accepted). Education and Learning in Sustainable Development: Analysing an Emergent Discourse. The Journal of Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education
  6. Manteaw, B. O. (2012). Education for Sustainable Development in Africa: The Search for Pedagogical Logic. International journal of Education and Development. 32(2012), 376-383.
  7. Manteaw, B. O. (2010). Global Environmental Politics and the Emergence of Education for Sustainable Development: Why the Discourse Needs Attention. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development. 9(1-2) 74-90.
  8. Manteaw, B.O. (2009). The Aesthetics of Association: Business, Education and the Emergent Discourse of Corporate Social Responsibility. Education, Knowledge and the Economy, 3(3) 199-212.
  9. Manteaw, B.O. (2009). People, Places and Cultures: Education and the Cultural Politics of Sustainable Development. International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning. 1(2).
  10. Manteaw, B.O. (2008). When Businesses Go to School: Neoliberalism and Education for Sustainable Development. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development. 2(2) 2 119-126.
  11. Manteaw, B. (2007). From Tokenism to Social Justice: Rethinking the Bottom Line for Sustainable Community Development. Journal of Community Development, 43(41) 395-397.
  12. Gruenewald, D. A. & Manteaw, B. O. (2007). Oil and Water Still: How No Child Left Behind Limits and Distorts Environmental Education in U.S. Schools. Environmental Education Research. 13(2) pp. 171-188.


  1. Manteaw, B. (2020). Consumer privileges and the sociocultural dimensions of production and consumption. In. Storytelling for Sustainability in Higher Education: An Educator's Handbook.
  2. Manteaw, B.O. (2010). People, Places and Cultures: Education for Sustainable Development in an Unequal World. In. David Zandvleit (Ed.) Diversity in Environmental Education. Sense Publishers.
  3. Gruenewald, D., Manteaw, B. O., & Smith, G. (2009). Environmental Education: From International Resolve to Local Experience and Inquiry. In J.R. Andrzejewski (Ed.) Social Justice, Peace and Environmental Education. Routledge.
  4. Manteaw, B.O. (2008). Community Development and Teacher Education for Sustainability in Ghana, In Parker J. E. and Ros W. (Eds.) Journeys around Education for Sustainability. South University Press.


  • Manteaw, B. O. (2019). Climate-Informed Decision Making in Data-Poor Environments: Enhancing climate risk management through knowledge co-Producing networks in Africa. Published In Conference Proceedings for African Climate Risks Conference 2019. African Climate Risks Conference. SouthSouthNorth. Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Manteaw B. (2019). Mindscapes and Landscapes: Grounding sustainability learning and socio-ecological systems education under the feet of Africa’s youth.  Published in Proceedings from International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.