Alhassan,Osman A.R

Dr. Osman Alhassan holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Ghana and has been Research Fellow at the Institute for the last nine years. He teaches courses in Research Methodology at the graduate level, and Appropriate Technology and Indigenous Production Systems at the undergraduate level.

His research interests span a wide range of issues including energy and environment, child and family studies, traditional governance and land tenure systems, community resource exploitation mechanisms, environmental health and disease burdens in poorly serviced urban communities, and natural and human induced hazards and community adaptations.

Dr. Alhassan's current research work includes the following:

  • Social Protection Policies/Programmes and Development Impacts,
  • Land rights documentation in Africa,
  • Traditional land tenure regimes and land/natural resource management in Ghana,
  • Cocoa production and child labour in Ghana,
  • Environmental health and disaster monitoring in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA),
  • Youth/Forced Migration in Ghana,
  • Environmental Health and Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa, and
  • The African Diaspora and Ghana's Development

Dr. Alhassan is currently the Coordinator of the section on Societies and Cultures, a position he has held since September 2006. He has served on several boards at the Institute including the Management Committee, Standing Committee, Fellows, Publications Committee, Library Committee, IAS Chalets Management Committee, Consultative Committee and the Research Review Editorial Board. He has also served as Acting Administrative Secretary of the Institute from June to September 2007.

Dr Alhassan currently serves on the Academic Board of the University of Ghana (August 2008- to present, and was a member of the Board of Faculty of Social Studies (2004/5 to 2008/9 academic years). He also served as a Board Member, University of Ghana Agricultural Research Institute, Nungua from October 2006 to May 2009. He is a Fellow of Legon Hall and served as a Tutor in Legon Hall from October 2003 to August 2009.
Dr. Alhassan is also involved with wider social issues and concerns, and he is currently the Acting Chairman of the Legon Muslim Society. He is also a member of the Coalition of Muslim Organisations in Ghana (COMOG). His is currently a member of the Ghana Penal Justice System Observatory (GHAPEJUSO) and the Executive Director of the Ghana Ex-Convicts Rehabilitation Projects Management Authority (GERPMA).He is married with Four (4) children.


  • 2009. Jacob Songsore, J.S. Nabila, Sebastian Avle, E.K. Bosque-Hamilton, and Paulina Amponsah and Osman Alhassan ”Environmental Health Watch and Disaster Monitoring in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), Ghana Universities Press, Accra.
  • 2008. Jacob Songsore, J.S. Nabila, Yvon Yangyuoru, Sebastian Avle, E.K. Bosque-Hamilton, Paulina Amponsah and Osman Alhassan ”Integrated Disaster Risk and Environmental Health Monitoring: Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana”. In Mark Pelling and Ben Wisner (eds), Disaster Risk Reduction: Cases From Urban Africa. Earthscan, London; pp. 65 – 85.
  • 2007. Akosua Adomako Ampofo and Osman Alhassan Examining the Sexual Exploitation of Children on the Streets of Accra. UNICEF, Accra. 84 pp.
  • 2006b Alhassan, Osman “Land Use and Environment in Early Accra” Research Review, Supplement 17. Institute of African Studies, Legon. Pp. 21 -35.
  • 2006a Alhassan, Osman “Traditional Authorities and Sustainable Development: Chiefs and Resource Management in Ghana”. In Irene Odotei and Albert Awedoba (eds), Chieftaincy in Ghana: Culture, Governance and Development. Sub-Saharan Publishers, Accra; pp. 527 – 546.
  • 2005 Alhassan, Osman and Takyiwaa Manuh Land Registration in Eastern and Western Regions, Ghana. Securing Land Rights in Africa Research Report 5, IIED/Rusell Press, Nottingham.43 pp.
  • 1999 Alhassan, Osman “Urbanisation and Woodfuel Management Practices in the New Juaben District in Ghana”. Bulletin of Ghana Geographical Association, No. 21, pp. 39-48.
  • 1999 Alhassan, Osman “Land Use Changes, Woodfuel Prices and Energy Prospects in the Densu Basin of Ghana: A Proposed Methodology”. Proceedings of a Seminar on Research, Applications and Collaborations of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems in Ghana, Yankson, P.W.K and Michael S. Rasmussen (eds), January 28-29, University of Ghana, Legon, pp. 78- 85.
  • 1998 Alhassan, Osman and Pokua Nimo “Pretest of Proxy Indicators for Rapid Assessment of Environmental Health Status of Residential Areas: The Case of Nima and Airport Residential Area in Accra”. Annex 4.1 and 4.2. In Jacob Songsore, Gordon McGranahan (Eds.) Indicators for Rapid Assessment of Environmental Health Status of Residential Areas of Greater Accra Metropolitan Area. Urban Environment Series, Report No. 4, Stockholm Environment Institute/Swedish International Development Agency.
  • 1998 Alhassan, Osman ”Land Cover Change in the Densu Basin: Implications for Woodfuel Resources in Ghana.” Proceedings of the 27th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment - Information for Sustainability. June 8-12, Tromso, Norway, pp. 688- 691.


  • 2009. Alhassan, Osman An Assessment of the Births and deaths Registry, Ghana. Report Prepared for the Births and Deaths Registry, Ghana. Sponsored by UNICEF Ghana
  • 2009. Alhassan, Osman Capacity/Gaps Assessment of the Customary Land Secretariats. Consultancy Report Presented to the Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines/Land Administration Project, Accra. (April) 48 pp.
  • 2007. Osman Alhassan, Takyiwah Manuh and Peter Narh Tetteh) “Informal Land Rights Documentation in Peri-Urban Kumasi: An Investigation Into Traditional Land Tenure and Informal Documentation in the Settlements of Kwamo (Ejisu-Juaben District) and Nkoranza (BosumtwiAtwima-Kwanwoma District) in the Ashanti Region, Ghana.’ (June) 84 pp.
  • 2006 Alhassan, Osman ‘Land Access and Tenure Security in Ghana: The Case of Cooperatives Tenant Farmers in the Pineapple Growing Areas in the Akuapem South District, Ghana.’ Research Report Prepared for FAO/Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines/Land Administration Programme, Accra (November) 91 pp.
  • 2005. Alhassan, Osman ‘A Study of the Social and Environmental Conditions in Cocoa Production in Ghana.’ Research Prepared for SWEDWATCH, Stockholm (November). 103 pp
  • 2004. Alhassan, Osman Edward Nanbigne and Alhaj Hussein Ibrahim “Working With Migrant Youth in Crisis: The Case of Young Migrants in the Accra-Tema Metropolis”. Research Report Prepared for Women’s Development Agency, UK. (August) 119 pp
  • 2001. Alhassan, Osman, J.S Nabila and Kojo Aikins “Traditional Practices Affecting Women and Children in Ghana. Research Report Presented to the Ghana Fertility Rights Project. USAID/UNFPA/NPC, Accra, (August). 198 pp.


  • 2010b Institutional Cooperation Between Diaspora Organisations and the Government of Ghana: Made a Presentation on Ghana Country Study (of which he was the sole author). Abuja, May 26-28 2010.
  • 2010a Third Consultative Meeting of Periperi1 “U” La Palmaraei Hotel, St. Louis, Senegal.
  • May 2-6. 2009d Second International Conference on Afro-Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian &Latin American Studies (ICALLAS). Delivered a Paper on “Community Natural Resource Management Strategies; The Case of Group Fishing in Northern Ghana”. University of Ghana/The Pennsylvania State University/Texas Christian University, Institute of African Studies, Legon, August 5-7.
  • 2009c International Conference on Revisiting Modernization. Delivered a Paper on “Modernization, Woodfuel Use and Livelihood Insecurity in Ghana”. Institute of African Studies/The African Studies Initiative/ University of California., University of Ghana, Accra, July 27-31.
  • 2009b Twelve International Conference of the International Association of Forced Migration. UN Institute for Disarmament Research/University of Sussex/University of Nicosia, Nicosia, June 28 – July 2. 2009a Annual Review Workshop on Regional Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction Capacity Development in Africa (Peri Peri U). Makerere University School of Public Health, Kampala, Uganda, May 11-14.
  • 2008b Disaster Mitigation for Sustainable Livelihoods Programme, University of Cape Town Annual Consultative Meeting on Regional Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction Capacity Development in Africa, September 2-4, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 2007d The Civil Society Forum (Lisbon International Conference on European/African Dialogue), Lisbon, Portugal. Presented a paper titled “Rights of Migrants, Circular Migration, and Dual Citizenship in Ghana”. November 15-17.
  • 2007c The PHREEway2 Consultation on Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Action: Emerging Trans-disciplinary Priorities for Higher Education in Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, Made a Presentation on the “Current Research Collaboration on Urban Risk Reduction in Ghana”. August 27-30.
  • 2007b MLFMLAP/ISSER Land Policy Research Stakeholder Consultation Workshop, Institute For Local Government Studies, May 3-5.
  • 2007a UNESCO Cluster Office/Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture Sub-Regional Symposium on Water and Culture: Implications for Development and Peace (on the Occasion of the Visit of the Director General of UNESCO to Ghana) M PLAZA Hotel, Accra. February 15th and 16th Delivered a paper on “Water and Cultural Development in Africa. The Case of Ghana”.
  • 2006b International Conference on Rural Development and Agrarian Reforms, Porto Alegre, Brazil, March 6-10. Presented a Paper on “Land Access and Tenure Security in Ghana”.
  • 1 University Partnership to Enhance the Resilience of People Exposed to Risks 2 Partners for Humanitarian and Risk Education Expansion
  • 2006a FAO/Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines/Land Administration Programme Preparatory Workshop (Thematic Dialogue) on Land Access and Tenure Security in Ghana. Miklin Hotel, Accra, February 24. Led and Facilitated the Discussion of the Ghana Country Case Study for ICARRD (Brazil).
  • 2005a IIED/Institute of African Studies/Mekelle University/Eduardo Mondlane University Securing Land Rights in Africa Final Project Output Dissemination Workshop, Miklin Hotel, Accra, February 2-7. Presented a Research Report on “Formal and Informal Land Documentation in Ghana”.
  • 2004 Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands (OASL) Workshop on Customary Land Administration and Management of Communal Resources/Revenues, La Vikus Hotel, Kumasi, August 4-7. Presented a paper on “Customary Land Tenure and the Management of Stool/Skin Resources in Ghana: Considerations for Improvement”
  • 2002c University of Ghana/Royal Institute of Technology Workshop on Research Collaboration in Institutions of Higher Learning, Stockholm, Sweden. November 23 - 27.
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