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Dr. Benjamin Kobina Kwansa

Position: 
Research Fellow
Email: 
bkkwansa@ug.edu.gh
Office: 
Kwame Nkrumah Complex
Section: 
Societies and Cultures
Profile

Benjamin Kobina Kwansa holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In January 2014, Dr Kwansa took an appointment at the University of Ghana as a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies (IAS). He teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He obtained his Master of Philosophy in African Studies from the Institute of African Studies, where between 2002 and 2006 he worked in various capacities at the Family, Population and Development Unit, and the NUFU-sponsored Care and Globalisation Project.

Kwansa has two Post Graduate Certificates from the University of Bergen, Norway in Severe HIV Epidemics and Multidisciplinary Research Challenges in Prevention (2010) and Gender-based violence: Rights as governance mechanisms & political tools (2018). He is also a Catalyst Fellow at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

His research interests are in the areas of construction of masculinities, gender and health, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, religion and health, and family, population and development.

His publications include the book Safety in the midst of stigma: Experiencing HIV/AIDS in two Ghanaian communities, which highlights the lived experiences of people infected with and affected by HIV from their own perspectives – their negotiations between resigning to fate and the struggle for survival as they cope with the high levels of stigma.