Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong

Email: e.adu-ampong@sheffield.ac.uk

Supervisor: Glyn Williams

Emmanuel Adu-AmpongI graduated in 2008 with a first class honours BA Sociology and Social Work degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Between 2008 and 2009, I worked as a teaching and research assistant at the Sociology department of the same university. In 2009, I was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship for an MSc Tourism, Environment and Development programme at King’s College London, and graduated from this programme in 2011 with Distinction. I was subsequently awarded a scholarship for the Erasmus Mundus Master’s programme in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) during 2011 – 2013. My first year was spent completing an MA Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. For the second year I completed an MA International Relations programme at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals in Barcelona, Spain. I received a full University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences scholarship to study for a PhD in Town and Regional Planning starting from September, 2013.

Current Research

The Elmina 2015 strategy and tourism-led local economic development planning in Ghana: An interactive governance perspective

A tourism-led local economic development planning process is seen as having the potential to bring benefits to local people. This is on the basis of continued increase in international tourist numbers and revenue and tourism’s propensity to improve livelihoods through foreign exchange earnings, job creation, income generation and biodiversity conservation. My research is concerned with understanding the governance conditions under which a tourism-led local economic development planning deliver benefits while minimising the externalities that tourism development brings to a given locality. The overall aim of my PhD research is therefore to understand, analyse and explain:

- How governance interactions shape the planning and use of tourism for local economic development.

My research specifically focuses on the Elmina Cultural Heritage Management Programme (ECHMP) that was started in the year 2000 by the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipal Assembly (KEEA) of Ghana with funding from the Dutch government and the European Union. The ECHMP was a tourism-led local economic development planning process that culminated in the Elmina 2015 strategy. The strategy centred on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Elmina (St. George’s Castle) and a number of Dutch related heritage houses. It was envisioned that by the year 2015 Elmina through tourism will be a flourishing and well developed city. My research therefore explore the extent to which this vision for Elmina is or has being achieved. I am particularly interested in understanding how the underlying governance and political interactions between various actors and structures enabled and constrained both the planning process and outcomes of the Elmina 2015 strategy.
My research is supervised by Glyn Williams and Tom Goodfellow.

Key Research Interests

  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Tourism Policy and Planning
  • Sustainable Tourism Development
  • International/Local Development
  • Public Policy and Management

Research and Teaching

I have served as a demonstrator on the following TRP courses:

  • Research Methods (TRP 6404)
  • Urban Design Process (TRP 132)

During 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 I act as Academic Assignment Tutor for Y12 students on the Realising Opportunities Programme, University of Sheffield

2014: Founder, Tourism Research Network (TouRNet) a multi-disciplinary network for PhD/ MA students, staff and other researchers working on issues related to tourism at primarily the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York but with members coming from other universities

2014: Research Assistant on the ID100 Project of the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID), University of Sheffield

Conferences Presentations

2015: “The tourism‐poverty nexus in Ghana: beyond the narrative of institutions matter” presented at the Critical Tourism Studies Conference, Opatija, Croatia

2015: “Interactive governance theory and tourism‐poverty analysis in Ghana: a holistic approach?” presented at the Critical Tourism Studies Conference, Opatija, Croatia

2015: “Today is party A, tomorrow is party B”: the politics of the tourism-poverty nexus in Ghana” presented at the ATLAS Africa Conference, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2015: “Tourism Policy and Planning in Ghana: towards inclusive growth?” presented at the ATLAS Africa Conference, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2015: “The global narratives vs. local realities of ‘institutions matter’: insights from the tourism-poverty nexus in Ghana” presented at the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) 5th Annual Postgraduate Conference, UK

2014: “Tourism-Poverty Nexus: Interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary insights into tourism’s role in local economic development and poverty reduction” presented at the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) 5th Annual Postgraduate Conference, Sheffield, UK

Publications

Adu-Ampong, E. A. (2014) ‘Divided we stand: institutional collaboration in tourism planning and development in the Central Region of Ghana’. Current Issues in Tourism (ahead-of-print), 1-20.

Adu-Ampong, E. A. (2012) Managing Tourism at Heritage Sites: Insights from the Cape Coast Castle, Ghana. Saarbrucken: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Other Publications can be found here

Blog: I run two blogs at The Unplanned PhD Planner and Ghana, Land of My Birth