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Dr. Pius Siakwah

Research Fellow
Societies and Cultures

Pius Siakwah (PhD) is an emerging development geographer and researcher, with a special interest in relationships, interactions, and linkages between natural/energy resources and livelihoods; climate/agriculture livelihoods; politics/institutions, actors (local, national, and global), sustainable development in Africa, energy geographies and political economy of development. I have a keen interest in political economy, natural resources, globalized assemblages, development and energy geographies, climate change, network geographies, and tourism development. Currently, Pius Siakwah is research fellow at the Institute of African Studies (IAS) at the Societies and Culture Section. Before joining IAS, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the College of Business and Economics (CBE), Department of Tourism, University of Johannesburg, South Africa where my research and publication centred on natural resources, networks and development; and tourism governance and development in Africa.

I am peer-reviewer for journals such as Geoforum, Resources Policy, Environment and Society, Energy and Sustainable Development, Ocean and Coastal Management, and among others. These are some of the leading publishers in geographer and development studies, and I have published a number of articles in some of the leading journals as well. Other engagements included Guest Lecturer, Trinity College Dublin: The making of the third world – Geography Department, March 2015. In May 2015, I attended the STPTS Summer School at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, the UK on emerging pathways on sustainable development. Received a number of distinguished awards, including Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Johannesburg, (2016–2018), Trinity College Graduate Studentship Award, (2013–2016), Brock University Graduate and International Fellowship, (2010–2011), and a First-Class Honors (Geography), University of Ghana.

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Ph.D., Geography, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), 2013–2016.

MA., Geography, Brock University, Canada, 2010–2011.

MPhil., Development Geography, University of Oslo, Norway, 2008–2010.

B.A., Geography and Resources Development, University of Ghana, 2003–2007.

Research Interest
  • Natural resources and energy geographies.
  • Network theories and development.
  • Development and sustainability, and political economy/ecology.
  • Climate change, agriculture and development.
  • Globalization and development in Africa.
  • Neo-liberalization, democracy and development in Africa.
  • Tourism governance and development.
  • Qualitative research methods.
Research Activities
  • Future Research Projects/Research Activities
  • Mapping energy geographies and livelihoods, non-renewable energy supply and the potentials of transition to renewable energy in Ghana.
  • Future DAMS Project.
  • Popular solidarity enterprise (PSE) and social enterprise (SE).

Peer Reviewed


Musavengane., R., Siakwah, P. & Leonard, L. (2020). The nexus between tourism and urban risk: towards inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable outdoor tourism in African cities. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism 29 (2020) 100254,

Siakwah , P., Musavengane, R. & Leonard, L. (2020) Tourism Governance and Attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa. Tourism Planning & Development, 17:4, 355-383, DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2019.1600160.

Agyekum, B., Siakwah, P. & Boateng, J.K. (2020): Immigration, education, sense of community and mental well-being: the case of visible minority immigrants in Canada, Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, DOI: 10.1080/17549175.2020.1801488.

Musavengane., R., Siakwah, P. & Leonard, L. (2019). “Does the poor matter” in pro-poor driven sub-Saharan African cities? towards progressive and inclusive pro-poor tourism. International Journal of Tourism Cities,

Musavengane., R. & Siakwah, P. (2019). Challenging formal accountability processes in community natural resource management in Sub-Saharan Africa. GeoJournal,

Siakwah, P. (2018). Tourism geographies and spatial distribution of tourist sites in Ghana. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure 7, 1: 1–19, http//:

Siakwah, P. (2018). Actors, networks, and globalised assemblages: rethinking oil, the environment and conflict in Ghana. Energy Research & Social Science 38: 68–76,

Siakwah, P. (2017). Are natural resource windfalls a blessing or a curse in democratic settings? Globalised assemblages and the problematic impacts of oil on Ghana's development. Resources Policy 52: 122–133,

Siakwah, P. (2017). Actor network theory, globalised assemblages and the impact of oil on agriculture and industry in Ghana. The Extractive Industries and Society 4: 462–472,

Siakwah, P. (2017). Political economy of the resource curse in Africa revisited: The curse as a product and a function of globalised hydrocarbon assemblage. Development and Society 46, 1: 1–28.

Siakwah, P. (2014). Sustainable development: Reflections on the poverty-environment dilemma in Africa. Sacha Journal of Environmental Studies 4, 1: 8–24.



Nathan, A. & Siakwah, P. (2021). Oil and development: Beyond the resource curse. Routledge, London,

Leonard, L., Musavengane., R. & Siakwah, P. (2021) (eds). Challenges of Sustainable Urban Tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa: Urban Risk and Resilience. Routledge, London,

Siakwah, P. (2010). The dilemma of microcredit, empowerment and poverty reduction. VDM, Verlag, Monograph, Saarbrucken, Germany.


Book Chapters:

Siakwah, P. (2021). The political economy of unplanned urban sprawling, waste, and Ghana's tourism development. In, Challenges of Sustainable Urban Tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa: Urban Risk and Resilience, Leonard, L., Musavengane., R. & Siakwah, P (eds.), Routledge, London, p. 47–58.

Leonard, L., Musavengane, R. and Siakwah, P. (2021). Urban risk and tourism in Africa. In, Challenges of Sustainable Urban Tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa: Urban Risk and Resilience, Leonard, L., Musavengane., R. & Siakwah, P (eds.), Routledge, London, p. 1–14.

Musavengane, R.., Leonard, L. and Siakwah, P. (2021). Conclusion: Navigating urban tourism amidst environmental, political and social risks. In, Challenges of Sustainable Urban Tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa: Urban Risk and Resilience, Leonard, L., Musavengane., R. & Siakwah, P (eds.), Routledge, London, p. 247–256.

Siakwah, P. and Musavengane, R. (2021). Re-Imagining community-based tourism in rural Africa through networks and management innovation. In, New Frontiers in Hospitality and Tourism Management in Africa, Michael Z. Ngoasong, Ogechi Adeola, Albert N. Kimbu, Robert E. Hinson (eds.), Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management Series, Springer, London.

Siakwah, P. (2018). Political economy to globalized assemblages: actor network theory, hydrocarbon assemblages, and problematizing the resource curse thesis. In, Network Theory and Analysis, Jorgensen, A., (ed.), Nova, New York, 2018.


Conference Presentations:

  • The ‘Lost Child’: A possible environmental curse? International Studies Association (ISA) Conference, Hawaii, US. March 2020, [Pius Siakwah & Nathan Andrew]
  • Does the poor matter’ in pro-poor driven African cities? toward progressive, inclusive and sustainable pro-poor tourism. Sustainability and Development Conference, The University of Michigan, Michigan, US, November 9-11, 2018, [Siakwah., P. Musavengane., R. & Leonard, L.]
  • Siakwah, P.Are natural resources a blessing or curse in a democratic setting, Ghana’, Conference of Iris Geographers, May 2016.
  • Siakwah, P. ‘Oil and reconfiguration of the urban space in Sekondi-Takoradi’, Geography Department Postgraduate Seminar, Trinity College, Dublin, April 28, 2015.
  • Siakwah, P. ‘Neoliberalism, property relations and production of marginalization and exclusion in public spaces’, Brock University Speakers Series, October 11, 2011.


Teaching & Supervision
  • AFST 722 Ethnography of Community Conflicts in Ghana: The Case of Northern Ghana
  • AFST 727 Topics in Research Methods
  • AFST 601 Research Methods
  • AFST 602 Advanced Research Methods
  • UGRC 220 Appropriate Technologies for Development in Africa

Previous Courses @Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland

  • GG3038 Globalisation and Development
  • GG3015 Globalisation II Globalization and African development