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Welcome to the website of the Department of Geography and Resource Development at the University of Ghana. Our discipline, Geography, a spatial science which interrogates different aspects of the earth, is incontrovertibly, the mother of all the disciplines. We know today that the efforts of Eratosthenes (c. 276 BCE- 194 BCE) an ancient Greek Mathematician, affectionately called the Father of Geography to calculate the circumference of the Earth and its distance to the Sun paved the way for the modern understanding of the cosmos, mathematics and geometry; the study of dynamics of the earth gave rise to physics; the study of nature and the biosphere gave rise to biology, botany and zoology; the study of the past regions gave rise to history; etc.

Indeed, recent global collective attempts to wrestle contemporary events which have wreaked havoc on socio-economic and physical fortunes of nations, businesses and individuals for whom recovery is still a distant hope, could only too vividly provide better and logical clues to the significance of our discipline. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change all together forge partnerships and share practice and knowledge on policies, programmes and investments, including on development and climate issues.

The ongoing geopolitical and economic drama playing itself out between the United States and China, or within the European Union has had the world holding its collective breath regarding the geographical spread of the potential ramifications for global wellbeing. Our increasingly intertwined and globalized fortunes – which may well be determined by events as disparate as deadly migrants activities along the America-Mexico border, or along the Mediterranean coast, or the doubling of Africa’s current population by 2050 cry out for the kind of evidence-based research, analysis and policy recommendation that is able to find the insights amid a chaotic, complex and rapidly-changing world geography.

It is against this backdrop that I am particularly proud to be leading a department whose Faculty has a distinguished record in both teaching and research. Not only are our research works yielding insights to enhance local, regional and global opportunity and prosperity, but more importantly, our training schedules are creating the next generation workforce and researchers, imbibed with practical tools, intellectual firepower and skills to grapple with contemporary issues, not just in Ghana but around the world. This has been the vision and hallmark of the department throughout its over 71 years of existence, a vision which has sapped the energies  of our forebears – conducting cross-cutting academic research and the training of the next generation of geographers at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels and they remain and will be at the core of our present and our future.

 

Professor Martin Oteng-Ababio

Head of Department