Urbanization, Health and Environmental Quality in Coastal Ghana

Website Link: http://www.brown.edu/academics/population-studies/research/projects/urbanization-ghana-and-kenya

Institution: Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Description: This project draws upon existing links between Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Cape Coast in Cape Coast, Ghana, to examine the social and demographic processes that are closely linked to health and environmental health risks, and how these in turn influence local thinking about environmental issues. The project includes such studies as the relationship between population concentration and water pollution in coastal lagoons; the determinants of environmental attitudes; knowledge of disease etiology, and the relationship between urbanization and fertility. The setting for this research is coastal Ghana, chosen for the ecological sensitivity of its coastal zone.

Related Publications: White, M.J., E. Tagoe, C. Stiff, K. Adazu, and D.J. Smith. 2005. “Urbanization and the Fertility Transition in Ghana,” Population Research and Policy Review. 24:59-83. White, M., S. Muhidin, C. Stiff, E. Tagoe and R. Knight. 2005. “Migration and Fertility in Coastal Ghana: An Event History Analysis,” in S. Agyei-Mensah, J. Casterline and D. Agyeman, eds., Reproductive Change in Ghana: Recent Patterns and Future Prospects. Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Legon: 101-115. Chattopadhyay, A. and M.J. White. “Migration and Fertility in Ghana: Beyond Rural-Urban Differentials.” Hunter, L.M. 2005. “Household Strategies in the Face of Resource Scarcity: Are They Associated with Development Priorities?” Forthcoming in Population Research and Development Review. Reed, H.E., Andrzejewski, C.S., and M.J. White. 2005. “An Event History Analysis of Internal Migration in Ghana: Determinants of Interregional Mobility among Residents of Coastal Central Region.” Under review. White, M.J. and L.M. Hunter. 2005. “Public Perception of Environmental Issues in a Developing Setting.” Andrzejewski, C.S. 2005.