Dr Gideon Baffoe
- Research Fellow (Urban Studies)
Gideon Baffoe is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods, University of Glasgow.
Gideon’s research over the past years have centred on socio-economic and ecological resilience, with particular emphasis on understanding livelihood dynamics of rural and urban households’ in Africa. He investigates how livelihood portfolios and asset endowment interact with the natural environment in shaping local resilience. He has worked on several interdisciplinary research topics, including but not limited to sustainable livelihood, climate change, ecosystem services, agricultural development, diversification and natural resource governance, among others. In his recent PhD work, he drew insights from theories of resilience, multi-functionality, sustainability and sustainable livelihood to develop and empirically operationalize a model of livelihood sustainability. More recently, Gideon has been focusing on bibliometic analysis and urban sustainability in developing countries. His present research at SHLC aims at understanding urban neighbourhood resilience and sustainability in Africa and Asian cities. He has strong methodological expertise in combining both quantitative and qualitative techniques in socioeconomic and ecological research.
Prior to joining University of Glasgow, Gideon worked as a researcher at The University of Tokyo and United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Japan. At UTokyo, his research focused on climate change, nutrition and health impacts in the Great Lakes region of East Africa. His work at UNU-IAS was on urban sustainability, where he applied the solution scanning technique to develop a framework to aid the implementation of SDG 9 and 11 in three African countries (Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania).
Gideon received PhD and Masters in Sustainability Science from The University of Tokyo – Japan, and a BA degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) – Kumasi, Ghana. He is a recipient of The University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS) Dean’s Higher Degree Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, March 2018.
- Muzi Xue
- Ganiyu Olalekan Bakare (co-supervisor with Dr Amin Kamete) - Slum and Urban Poverty: Intergration of the Marginalised Urban Group as Key Urban Development Stakeholder in the City of Lagos, Nigeria