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Professor Dzodzi Tsikata

Professor Dzodzi Tsikata
Position: 
Professor/Director
Email: 
dtsikata@ug.edu.gh
Profile

Dzodzi Tsikata is Research Professor (development sociology) and has been the Director of the Institute of African Studies (IAS) at the University of Ghana since August 2016. Before this, she was based at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) during which time she was Deputy Director and Director of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) at the University of Ghana. She holds a Ph.D. (cum laude) in Social Science from Leiden University in the Netherlands (2003). Before then, she was awarded an LL.B. (1984) and M.Phil Sociology (1996) by the University of Ghana and an M.A. Development Studies (1989) by the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, Netherlands.

Education

She holds a Ph.D. (cum laude) in Social Science from Leiden University in the Netherlands (2003). Before then, she was awarded an LL.B. (1984) and M.Phil Sociology (1996) by the University of Ghana and an M.A. Development Studies (1989) by the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, Netherlands.

Researh Areas

In a career spanning over 27 years, Tsikata’s research has been in the areas of gender and development policies and practices; women’s movements and gender equality activism; the politics and livelihood effects of land tenure reforms, large scale land acquisitions and agricultural commercialisation; and informal labour relations and conditions of work, and she has led research projects on these subjects over the years. She has experience with proving intellectual leadership and managing research project. Currently, she is co applicant and leader of the eight-person Ghana team of a six-year research and development Project, the DEMETER project (2015-2020). Supported generously by the Swiss National Foundation under its R4D programme, the project focuses on Gender, Land and Agricultural Commercialisation and the Right to Food and has three research sites- Cambodia, Ghana and Switzerland. Before this, she was Co-Principal Investigator, with Profs. Ruth Hall and Ian Scoones, of the Land and Commercial Agriculture in Africa Research Project involving country researchers from Ghana, Kenya and Zambia. The project, which is now complete (2012-2015), was funded by ESRC, UK. Two other past research coordination activities are as follows:

  • 2011- Coordinator, ISSER/CIDIN Civil Society Research Facility (supervised 8 small research projects)
  • 2008-2011: Principal Investigator and Team Leader, IDRC Supported Research Project on the changing character of women’s work in the domestic and banking sectors of urban Ghana and its implications for their livelihood security, an aspect of their citizenship rights (with three other researchers).
Recent Publications

Dzodzi Tsikata is widely published in journals, edited books and monographs. Her most recent publications are the following:

Edited Books and Special Issue of Journal

  • Hall, R., Scoones, I., & Tsikata D. (2017) Guest Editors, Forum: Land and Agricultural Commercialisation in Africa, Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol 44, Issue 3, Pages 515-593.
  • Hall, R., Scoones, I., & Tsikata D. (Eds.). (2015). Africa’s land rush: Implications for rural livelihood livelihoods and agrarian change. Martlesham: Boydell and Brewer Ltd.
  • Rodriguez, C., Tsikata, D. &  Ampofo, A.A. (Eds.). (2015). Transatlantic feminisms: Women and studies in Africa and the diaspora. Lanham: Lexington Books.
  • Moyo, S., Tsikata, D. and Diop, Y. (Eds.). (2015). Land in the struggles for citizenship in Africa. Dakar: CODESRIA.

Book Chapters

  • Hall, R., Scoones, I. (2015).  Introduction: The contexts and consequences of Africa’s landrush. In R. Hall, I. Scoones & D. Tsikata (Eds.), Africa’s land rush: Implications for rural livelihoods and agrarian change. Martlesham: Boydell and Brewer Ltd.
  • Moyo, S., Tsikata, D. & Diop, Y. (2015).  Africa’s Diverse and Changing Land Questions. In S. Moyo, D. Tsikata & Y. Diop (Eds.), Land in the struggles for citizenship in Africa (pp. 1-33), Dakar: CODESRIA.
  • Rodriguez, C.R, Tsikata, D., & Ampofo, A.A. (2015). Introduction: CollaborativeTraditions and Transcontinental Connections. In C.R. Rodriguez, D. Tsikata,  & A.A. Ampofo (Eds.), Transatlantic feminisms: women and gender studies in Africa and the diaspora.  Lanham: Lexington Books.
  • Tsikata, D. (2015). Like your own child? Employers’ perspectives and domestic work relations in Ghana. In C.R   Rodriguez, D. Tsikata & A.A. Ampofo (Eds.), Transatlantic feminisms: women and gender studies in Africa and the diaspora.  Lanham: Lexington Books.
  • Yaro, J.A., & Tsikata, D. (2015). Recent Transnational land deals, livelihoods and agrarian change in Ghana. In R. Hall, I. Scoones & D. Tsikata (Eds.), Africa’s landrush: implications for rural livelihoods and agrarian change. Martlesham: Boydell and Brewer Ltd.

Journal Articles

  • Hall, R., Scoones, I., & Tsikata D. (2017) Plantations, outgrowers and commercial farming in Africa: agricultural commercialisation and implications for agrarian change, Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol 44, Issue 3, Pages 515-537 | Published online: 16 Mar 2017.
  • Tsikata, D. (2016). Gender, Land tenure and agrarian production systems in Sub Saharan Africa. Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, Vol 5, Issue 1, pp. 1 - 19 First published date: November-15-2016 10.1177/2277976016658738
  • Tsikata, D. (2016). Understanding and addressing inequalities in the context of structural transformation in Africa: A synthesis of seven country studies. Development, pp. 1-24, doi:10.1057/s41301-016-0002-8.

Refereed working papers and contribution to special reports

  • Tsikata, D. (2015). The social relations of agrarian change (IIED Working Paper). London. Retrieved from http://pubs.iied.org/17278IIED 
  • Helen Dancer, H. & Tsikata, D. (2015). Researching land and commercial agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa with a gender perspective: Concepts, issues and methods. (Working Paper 132, FAC/LAC).
  • 2015- Akosua Darkwah and Dzodzi Tsikata. Work, Employment and Social Development, Ghana Social Development Outlook 2014. Legon: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER).
Teaching and Supervision

Dzodzi Tsikata has taught the advanced gender studies course in the Ph.D. Development Studies Programme at ISSER (ISDS712) since 2014. Before then, she developed and taught the Gender and Development Course in the M.A. Development Studies Programme at ISSER (ISDS605) between 2002 and 2012.