Dr Gideon Baffoe

  • Research Fellow (Urban Studies)

Biography

 

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.


Research interests

 
 
• Urban and rural studies 
• Resilience 
• Livelihood and vulnerability analysis
• Sustainability assessment 
• Climate change 
• Impact and policy evaluation 
• Food security 
• Poverty reduction 
• Qualitative and quantitative social research, including bibliometric analysis 

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
Number of items: 22.

2019

Baffoe, G. (2019) The political economy of urban neighborhoods in post-colonial Kigali city. Tianjin Forum, Tianjin, China, 19-20 Oct 2019. (Unpublished)

Baffoe, G. (2019) Understanding the neighbourhood concept and its evolution: a review. Environment and Urbanization ASIA, (doi:10.1177/0975425319859115) (Early Online Publication)

Baffoe, G. and Kintrea, K. (2019) Towards Understanding the Scholarship Terrain of Neighbourhood Research: A Bibliometric Analysis. 49th Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Annual International Conference, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 23-27 Apr 2019.

Baffoe, G. (2019) Exploring the utility of Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in ranking livelihood activities for effective and sustainable rural development interventions in developing countries. Evaluation and Program Planning, 72, pp. 197-204. (doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2018.10.017) (PMID:30399522)

Baffoe, G. (2019) Rethinking rural development: application of multifunctionality (MF) theory in understanding and measuring rural wellbeing and sustainability. In: Nagao, M., Broadhurst, J. L., Edusah, S. and Awere, K. G. (eds.) Sustainable Development in Africa: Concepts and Methodological Approaches. Spears Media Press: Denver, CO, pp. 15-26. ISBN 9781942876458

2018

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2018) An empirical assessment of households livelihood vulnerability: the case of rural Ghana. Social Indicators Research, 140(3), pp. 1225-1257. (doi:10.1007/s11205-017-1796-9)

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2018) A perception based estimation of the ecological impacts of livelihood activities: the case of rural Ghana. Ecological Indicators, 93, pp. 424-433. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.04.074)

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2018) An empirical assessment of rural livelihood assets from gender perspective: evidence from Ghana. Sustainability Science, 13(3), pp. 815-828. (doi:10.1007/s11625-017-0483-8)

Baffoe, G. (2018) Rethinking Rural Development: Application of Multifunctionality in Understanding Rural Wellbeing and Sustainability. 2nd United Nations University - Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (UNU-ESDA) International Workshop, Accra, Ghana, 29-30 Mar 2018.

2017

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2017) Why do rural communities do what they do in the context of livelihood activities? Exploring the livelihood priority and viability nexus. Community Development, 48(5), pp. 715-734. (doi:10.1080/15575330.2017.1366927)

Baffoe, G. et al. (2017) Global field exercise in Africa: an example of problem-solving approaches for sustainable development in Africa. African Journal of Sustainable Development, 7(1), pp. 1-22.

2016

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2016) Rural Farm Households’ Livelihood Asset Assessment: Evidence from Ghana. 11th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, London, UK, 02-05 Aug 2016.

2015

Baffoe, G. , Mutisya, E., Nagao, M., Chen, C. and Mungai, D. (2015) Sustainable Urban Development in Africa; the Case Study of Kibera Informal Settlement, Nairobi. 4th GPSS-GLI International Symposium, Kashiwa City, Japan, 20 Nov 2015.

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2015) Priority, Viability and Spatial Accessibility of Livelihood; an Empirical Analysis in Rural Ghana. 46th Community Development Society Annual International Conference, Lexington, KY, USA, 19-22 Jul 2015.

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2015) Rural Livelihood Diversity and Household Resilience; The Case of Ghana. 4th Annual Meeting of the Global Research Council, Tokyo, Japan, 26-27 May 2015.

Baffoe, G. , Chen, Y., Hossain, M.A., Mori, A., Ramachandran, R., Shimamura, Y., Tantiwechwuttikul, R. and Yang, J. (2015) Sustainable Urban Development in Africa: A Case Study of Kibera Informal Settlement. A Final Research Report Submitted to the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI). Documentation. The University of Tokyo.

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2015) Understanding the determinants of rural credit accessibility: the case of Ehiaminchini, Fanteakwa District, Ghana. Journal of Sustainable Development, 8(6), pp. 183-195. (doi:10.5539/jsd.v8n6p183)

Baffoe, G. and Mutisya, E. (2015) Social sustainability: a review of indicators and empirical application. Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, 4(2), pp. 242-262. (doi:10.5296/emsd.v4i2.8399)

2014

Baffoe, G. , Matsuda, H., Nagao, M. and Akiyama, T. (2014) The Dynamics of Rural Credit and Its Impacts on Agricultural Productivity; an Empirical Study in Rural Ghana. International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), Toronto, Canada, 07-08 Aug 2014.

Baffoe, G. and Hirotaka., M. (2014) Elucidating the Mechanisms of Rural Credit Accessibility and Its Linkage to Household Productivity. 3rd GPSS – GLI International Symposium, Kashiwa City, Japan, 19-20 Jan 2014.

Kiyonaga, C., Fatma, D., Baffoe, G. , Asokan, V.A., Jamero, M.P. and Luyi, X. (2014) Community Sustainability and Future Aspiration in Hangberg, South Africa. A Final Research Report Submitted to the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS – GLI). Documentation. The University of Tokyo.

2013

Kiyonaga, C., Baffoe, G. , Jarzebski, M., Yamada, R., Kudo, S. and Tumilba, V. (2013) Field Exercise on Frontier Issues in Africa: Sustainability Science in Action. A Final Research Report Submitted to the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI). Documentation. The University of Tokyo.

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Number of items: 22.

Articles

Baffoe, G. (2019) Understanding the neighbourhood concept and its evolution: a review. Environment and Urbanization ASIA, (doi:10.1177/0975425319859115) (Early Online Publication)

Baffoe, G. (2019) Exploring the utility of Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in ranking livelihood activities for effective and sustainable rural development interventions in developing countries. Evaluation and Program Planning, 72, pp. 197-204. (doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2018.10.017) (PMID:30399522)

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2018) An empirical assessment of households livelihood vulnerability: the case of rural Ghana. Social Indicators Research, 140(3), pp. 1225-1257. (doi:10.1007/s11205-017-1796-9)

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2018) A perception based estimation of the ecological impacts of livelihood activities: the case of rural Ghana. Ecological Indicators, 93, pp. 424-433. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.04.074)

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2018) An empirical assessment of rural livelihood assets from gender perspective: evidence from Ghana. Sustainability Science, 13(3), pp. 815-828. (doi:10.1007/s11625-017-0483-8)

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2017) Why do rural communities do what they do in the context of livelihood activities? Exploring the livelihood priority and viability nexus. Community Development, 48(5), pp. 715-734. (doi:10.1080/15575330.2017.1366927)

Baffoe, G. et al. (2017) Global field exercise in Africa: an example of problem-solving approaches for sustainable development in Africa. African Journal of Sustainable Development, 7(1), pp. 1-22.

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2015) Understanding the determinants of rural credit accessibility: the case of Ehiaminchini, Fanteakwa District, Ghana. Journal of Sustainable Development, 8(6), pp. 183-195. (doi:10.5539/jsd.v8n6p183)

Baffoe, G. and Mutisya, E. (2015) Social sustainability: a review of indicators and empirical application. Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, 4(2), pp. 242-262. (doi:10.5296/emsd.v4i2.8399)

Book Sections

Baffoe, G. (2019) Rethinking rural development: application of multifunctionality (MF) theory in understanding and measuring rural wellbeing and sustainability. In: Nagao, M., Broadhurst, J. L., Edusah, S. and Awere, K. G. (eds.) Sustainable Development in Africa: Concepts and Methodological Approaches. Spears Media Press: Denver, CO, pp. 15-26. ISBN 9781942876458

Research Reports or Papers

Baffoe, G. , Chen, Y., Hossain, M.A., Mori, A., Ramachandran, R., Shimamura, Y., Tantiwechwuttikul, R. and Yang, J. (2015) Sustainable Urban Development in Africa: A Case Study of Kibera Informal Settlement. A Final Research Report Submitted to the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI). Documentation. The University of Tokyo.

Kiyonaga, C., Fatma, D., Baffoe, G. , Asokan, V.A., Jamero, M.P. and Luyi, X. (2014) Community Sustainability and Future Aspiration in Hangberg, South Africa. A Final Research Report Submitted to the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS – GLI). Documentation. The University of Tokyo.

Kiyonaga, C., Baffoe, G. , Jarzebski, M., Yamada, R., Kudo, S. and Tumilba, V. (2013) Field Exercise on Frontier Issues in Africa: Sustainability Science in Action. A Final Research Report Submitted to the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI). Documentation. The University of Tokyo.

Conference or Workshop Item

Baffoe, G. (2019) The political economy of urban neighborhoods in post-colonial Kigali city. Tianjin Forum, Tianjin, China, 19-20 Oct 2019. (Unpublished)

Baffoe, G. and Kintrea, K. (2019) Towards Understanding the Scholarship Terrain of Neighbourhood Research: A Bibliometric Analysis. 49th Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Annual International Conference, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 23-27 Apr 2019.

Baffoe, G. (2018) Rethinking Rural Development: Application of Multifunctionality in Understanding Rural Wellbeing and Sustainability. 2nd United Nations University - Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (UNU-ESDA) International Workshop, Accra, Ghana, 29-30 Mar 2018.

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2016) Rural Farm Households’ Livelihood Asset Assessment: Evidence from Ghana. 11th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, London, UK, 02-05 Aug 2016.

Baffoe, G. , Mutisya, E., Nagao, M., Chen, C. and Mungai, D. (2015) Sustainable Urban Development in Africa; the Case Study of Kibera Informal Settlement, Nairobi. 4th GPSS-GLI International Symposium, Kashiwa City, Japan, 20 Nov 2015.

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2015) Priority, Viability and Spatial Accessibility of Livelihood; an Empirical Analysis in Rural Ghana. 46th Community Development Society Annual International Conference, Lexington, KY, USA, 19-22 Jul 2015.

Baffoe, G. and Matsuda, H. (2015) Rural Livelihood Diversity and Household Resilience; The Case of Ghana. 4th Annual Meeting of the Global Research Council, Tokyo, Japan, 26-27 May 2015.

Baffoe, G. , Matsuda, H., Nagao, M. and Akiyama, T. (2014) The Dynamics of Rural Credit and Its Impacts on Agricultural Productivity; an Empirical Study in Rural Ghana. International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), Toronto, Canada, 07-08 Aug 2014.

Baffoe, G. and Hirotaka., M. (2014) Elucidating the Mechanisms of Rural Credit Accessibility and Its Linkage to Household Productivity. 3rd GPSS – GLI International Symposium, Kashiwa City, Japan, 19-20 Jan 2014.

This list was generated on Mon Nov 18 01:12:30 2019 GMT.

Supervision

Current students 

  • 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

Teaching

 
 
Tutor (PGT): Sustainable Urban Futures (URBAN5116)
Contributing (UG): Social & Public Policy 2A (Foundations of Welfare)