Dr. Robert (Bob) O. Manteaw


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

Senior Research Fellow

Email: rmanteaw@ug.edu.gh

I am an interdisciplinary scholar whose scholarship converges at the intersections of contemporary sustainable development thinking and practice. My works transcend both the social and natural sciences with a view to exploring and mobilizing relevant evidence as knowledge to inform policy and practice in diverse contexts and at multi-scales. With knowledge, skills and experiences drawn from years of high-impact leadership performances from academia, government policy, private sector, and international development from both developing and developed country contexts, my works are informed by a 360°--worldview and rare functional agility that enriches my roles as a researcher, educator, and development practitioner. In all instances I strive to leverage my complementary skill set to catalyze learning for climate and socio-ecological transformations.

Areas of Interest and Expertise:

  • Climate Adaptation Governance
  • Climate Change Education & Communication
  • Environmental Learning
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Foresight & Scenarios Science
  • Climate Adaptation Knowledge Brokerage
  • Socio-Ecological Systems Resilience
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Planetary Health (Climate Change and Health)


Teaching Overview:

My interdisciplinary background facilitates my versatility in teaching diverse courses and subjects from a range of disciplines. I learn to teach, and I teach to learn. 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. (2021).  A Sour Taste in your Mouth: consumer privileges and the socio-ecological imperatives of chocolate as pedagogy. Int J Develop Educ Global Learn. Vol. 13(2):109-121.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/IJDEGL.13.2.04 
  2. Manteaw, B. O. (2020). Education and Learning in Sustainable Development: Analyzing an Emergent Discourse. The Journal of Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education. (11)2, 5-19  https://doi.org/10.2478/dcse-2020-0015
  3. Manteaw, B.O. (2020). Sanitation Dilemmas and Urban Futures in Africa: Foregrounding Public Health in Contemporary Urban Planning. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. (9)5, 177   https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2020-0096 
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  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.