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Dr. Irene Appeaning Addo

Research Fellow
Media and Visual Arts

Irene Appeaning Addo holds a PhD in Geography and Resource Development (2012) from the Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Legon. She also holds a joint Master of Science degree in Housing and Inner City Revitalisation (2002) from the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam, Netherlands and the University of Delaware in Delaware, USA. Trained professionally as an architect, she is a member of the Ghana Institute of Architects since 2001. Irene worked as a local consultant for the UN HABITAT from 2010 to 2011 collecting information on the operations of the construction industry and building materials sector in Ghana with special focus on slums and low-income housing. This research culminated into a 40-page report included in the GHANA HOUSING SECTOR PROFILE (2011) publication by UN HABITAT under a chapter entitled ‘Construction and Building Materials Industry’. As a Consultant Architect, she worked with Architectural and Engineering Services Limited (AESL) for 14 years in various leadership roles including Greater Accra Regional Architect. She is also an External Juror & Examiner for the Central University College. Her research interest includes climate change, indigenous knowledge systems, gender, urban studies, housing, urbanism and architecture. Irene, is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana.

  • Ph.D Geography and Resource Development. University of Ghana, Legon (2012).
  • M.Sc. Housing and Inner City Revitalisation. Institute of Housing and Urban Studies (IHS), Rotterdam, Netherlands (2002)
  • P.G. Dip. Architecture. University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana (1999).
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Design. University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana (1994).
Research Interests
  • Urban and Housing Studies
  • Traditional architecture and social history of places and people
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Architecture
Research Projects
  • Energy consumption in public and private residential buildings (2016 – 2017)
  • Architecture and Planning in the Tropics: From Imperial Gold Coast to Tropical Ghana (2016 to 2018).
  • A Study of Traditional Architecture in Tamale (2016 – to date)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Research and Training Capacity for Development (CCARTCD). (2011 – 2014).
  • Urban housing development in developing countries in the 21st Century under the scenario of changing family systems and nuclearisation of families. (2008 – 2012)
Research Activities
  • Documentation of African Traditional architecture and Indigenous knowledge systems.
  • Institute led project – Quality of Life: This project measures the quality of life of Ghanaians using eight criteria. They are physical health, mental health, social health, education, leisure, crime and safety, psychological health, housing.
  • The early development of social housing in Gold Coast: what are the lessons?
  • Social change and urbanization as reflected in the transformations of African traditional architecture.
  • Appeaning Addo, K. & Appeaning Addo, I., (2016). Coastal Erosion Management in Ghana: Combining Local Knowledge with Empirical Research. Jamba: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies. 8(1), 1-10. doi: 10.4102/jamba. v8, i1.274
  • Appeaning Addo, I., (2016). Traditional Earth Houses in Vittin, Tamale: Identity and perception of the tradition-modernity conflict. Contemporary Journal of African Studies, 4 (1), 97-128
  • Appeaning Addo, I., (2016). Housing maintenance in multi-habited low-income houses in Accra. Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies, 4(1). Nova Science Publishers
  • Appeaning Addo, I., & Codjoe, S. N. A. (2016). Exploring the link between fisher folks' experimental knowledge and climate variability in an urban coastal community In Accra. Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems15(2), 71-87.
  • Biney, I. K., Appeaning Addo, I. & Abu, M., (2015). The Effect of the 1987 Education Reforms on Youth Unemployment in Ghana: An Exploratory Study. Current Politics and Economics of Africa, pp. 513-535. Nova Science Publishers.
  • Addo, I. A., (2015). Assessing residential satisfaction in multihabitation in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA). Urban Studies. Pp. 1-20 DOI: 10.1177/0042098015571055 Sage Publication
  • Appeaning Addo, I., (2014). Urban Low-Income Housing Development in Ghana: Politics, Policy and Challenges (Chapter 6) in Miguel P. Amado (Ed) “Urban Planning: Practices, Challenges and Benefits”. Pp. 89-118. Nova Science Publishers.
  • Addo, I. A. (2013). Perceptions and Acceptability of Multihabitation as an Urban Low-Income Housing Strategy in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana. Urban Forum Volume 24, Issue 4, Pp 543-571. DOI: 10.1007/S12132-013-9192-2 Springer Netherlands.
Conferences and Conference Proceedings
  • Modernist architecture and its implication on energy consumption in public and private residential apartments in Accra, Ghana. In: M. Young (ed.), AMPS Proceedings Series 9. Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally. London South Bank University, London, 08 – 09 February (2017). pp.370-388.  ISSN 2398-9467
  • Presentation at the Development and Climate days of the Conference of Parties (COP 23), 12-13 November 2017, Bonn, Germany. IDRC funded Climate Change Project in James Town.
  • Presentation on Accra in ‘African Cities’, a graduate course in the University of Edinburgh. 3 February 2017
  • Waste Management Challenges in Urban Ghana: Some Field Observations from the Techiman Township, Institute of African Studies Seminar Series, 13 October 2016.
  • Tradition-Modernity Conundrum as reflected in African Traditional Mud Houses in the Northern Region, Ghana. Institute of African Studies Seminar Series. 8 October 2015
  • Knowledge Management Systems and Education for Building Smallholder Resilience to Climate Change, Presentation of a working group at a workshop organised by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in Nairobi, Kenya, April 2014.
  • Impact evaluation of energy efficient projects, International workshop held on 11-12 November 2013, La Palm Royal Beach Hotel
  • Sharing, Cooperation and Conflicts: Multihabitation as an Urban Low-Income Housing Strategy in Accra. In: Laryea, S. and Agyepong, S. (Eds) Proceedings of 5th West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER) Conference, 12-14 August 2013, Accra, Ghana, pp. 977-992.
  • Informal Social Networks as a Coping Strategy among Urban Low income Multihabited Households in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA). Faculty of Science Colloquium, 17-18th November 2011. Great Hall, University of Ghana, Legon.
  1. Monographs/Technical Reports/Others
  • O. Pabi, S.N.A. Codjoe, N.A. Sah and I. Appeaning Addo (2015). Climate change linked to failing fisheries in coastal Ghana. A brief report on research supported by the International Development Research Centre’s Climate Change and Water program. Produced by WRENmedia in January 2015. IDRC Digital Library
  • Appeaning Addo, I., Codjoe, S.N.A. et al., (2014). Knowledge Management Systems and Education for Building Smallholder Resilience to Climate Change (Chapter IV). In: Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Africa Agriculture Status Report 2014: Climate Change on Smallholder Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • UN HABITAT (2011). Construction and Building Materials (Chapter 9) in Ghana Housing Profile. United Nations Human Settlement Programme, UN-Habitat, Kenya

Report and assessment of the physical facilities of various tertiary institutions for National Accreditation Board

Teaching Courses
  • African Art, Its Philosophy and Criticism
  • Survey of African Art
  • Methodologies and constructing of Art history in selected African societies
  • Historiography of African Art History
  • Gender and Development in Africa
  • Culture and Gender in African Societies
Student Supervision
  • Belinda Nyarko Agyemang, MPhil thesis (completed)
  • Bernadine Ghanson, M.A. Thesis (ongoing)