Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology, KNUST lecturer Dr. Stephen Takyi has been judged as the overall best 2019 Ghana Institute of Planners Candidate following his exploits in the area of research undertaken so far.
Dr. Takyi, a lecturer at the Planning Department of KNUST through a number of research has explored several areas in planning echoing his expertise on issues thereof. His work on “Comparative Study of Capital City Elements: The Case of Ghana and Nigeria”received the 2017 African Geographical Review second best paper award. Toward this end, Dr Takyi is currently focusing his research works on the environmental impact of cocoa production, payment options for green spaces in Ghana, urbanizing with nature and urban agriculture in the sustainability discourse.
Dr. Takyi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Planning specializing in the Development Policy from The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario and a Ph.D. in Natural Resource and Environmental Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia.
In terms of work experience, Dr. Takyi taught Introduction to Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment at the UNBC School of Environmental Planning from 2012 to 2016. Within the same period, he was in charge of the editorial desk of the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research (JAPR), a scholarly blind refereed journal which has published for over 33 years. Stephen also worked as a Writing Tutor at the UNBC Academic Success Center. Additionally, Dr. Takyi has held a number of positions at the consultancy and administrative level.
These include serving as an Assistant Planning Officer for the Ejisu-Juaben Municipal Assembly, Consultant for Padane and Fame Management Consult and Marketing and Communication Assistant for the Queen’s University Marketing and Communication Department. Through his work as a consultant, Stephen assisted in the preparation of development plans for local government areas in Ghana. He also assisted in the organization of capacity building programs for local government officials in the area of plan preparation and implementation. In the area of communication, Dr. Takyi worked as a Marketing and Communication Assistant at the Queen’s University Marketing and Communication Department from 2009 to 2011. This, coupled with his experience in public consultation has contributed immensely to my strong communication skills.
Regarding teaching, Dr. Takyi’s strong planning and natural resource background has adequately prepared him to teach courses such as social policy planning, environmental sustainability, research methods, sustainable development, environmental impact assessment, environmental management, public consultation, sustainable communities’ development, environment and society and natural resource planning.
Also, his work as a writing tutor at the UNBC Academic Success Center has given him the requisite experience to teach courses in the area of academic writing and oral communication. Dr. Takyi is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. The Department is the oldest planning school in Ghana and has over the years been serving as a mentoring institution for other Planning schools in Ghana.
Dr. Takyi believes in educating the next generation of scholars from an interdisciplinary viewpoint and method. This must be approached by trying to link the complex relationship between economic, social, and environmental goals. Their complexity must be acknowledged and students must be given the necessary skills to negotiate and reconcile these complex goals in the decision-making process. For the society to fully benefit from the expertise of planners, programs must introduce and encourage young professionals to shift from the traditional technical role of planners to become advocates, change agents and sometimes politicians based on the context. This will facilitate the ability for planning scholars to link their research outcomes and findings to solving societal problems whilst at the same time informing policy making decisions.
Stephen, therefore, focuses on training the next generation of planners in an ideal societal laboratory where students learn how to apply and test particular approaches to planning and community development.