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Albert Abraham Arhin, BSc, MSc

Albert Abraham Arhin, BSc, MSc

PhD Candidate, Gates Scholar

Albert's research focuses on REDD+ policy processes in Ghana and the diverse pathways for (not) achieving transformational change in the forestry sector

Biography

Albert has more than 7 years' cumulative experience in international development consultancy and research, strategy reviews, projects/policy planning, monitoring and evaluation. He was the Research and Policy Manager for Oxfam in Ghana prior to his postgraduate research studies in Cambridge.

Career

  • 2011-12: Research and Policy Manager, Oxfam, Ghana,
  • 2010- 2011: Project/ Research Officer, Participatory Development Associates Ltd. Ghana
  • 2008-2009: Research Assistant (Nat. Service), Bureau of Integrated Rural Development (BIRD), KNUST, Ghana

Qualifications

  • 2012-present: PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2004-2008: BSc. Planning (First Class Honours), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana
  • 2009-2010: MSc Sustainability (Environment and Development), University of Leeds, UK (Distinction)

Honours and awards

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship, University of Cambridge (2012-2015)
  • William Vaughan Lewis and Peter Lake Funds, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2013/14)
  • Joint winner, School of Earth and Environment prize for the highest grade point on the MSc Sustainability (Environment and Development) Programme
  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarship to the Leeds University, UK (2009-2010)
  • MTN-GHANA Scholarship for Tertiary Students (2005-2008) (KNUST), Ghana

Research

I am interested in interdisciplinary research that uses theories from both the natural and social sciences to understand the narratives, politics and the complexity surrounding environmental policies and natural resource governance, poverty reduction/development economics and health policies particularly in Africa. More specifically, I am interested in research that examine narratives of environmental policies, approaches of reducing poverty, network linkages between local and global institutions, the roles that state, civil society and community actors play in policy-making, livelihood transformation initiatives and the interplay between policies/programmes and economic, social and institutional forces that shape people's well-being.

The idea of REDD+ entered the international arena with claims of bringing transformational change in the forestry sector: reducing forest loss and giving stronger attention to interests and rights of communities through the safeguards component. Currently, REDD+ policies, projects, and interventions are among the most prominent of recent efforts to mitigate global climate change and reducing forest loss in tropical countries. My PHD explores the dynamics of the making and shaping of REDD+ policies and what it tells us about the prospects of the REDD+ mechanism creating a pathway for transformational change in the forestry sector. Using the REDD+ processes in Ghana, my study draws on insights from political ecology, policy processes and discourse analysis to explore questions as: How is REDD+ being configured into existing national forestry policies? Who are the actors, interests, narratives and the ideas that influence the policy direction of REDD+? How are civil society organisations and forest-dependent communities involved in the policy processes and to what extent do policy outcomes reflect their interests? What scope and spaces of transformation are emerging from REDD+ processes?

Publications

Articles

2017

  • Isyaku, U., Arhin, A. A., & Asiyanbi, A. P. (2017). Framing justice in REDD+ governance: centring transparency, equity and legitimacy in readiness implementation in West Africa. Environmental Conservation, 1-9.
  • Asiyanbi, A.P.; Arhin, A.A.; Isyaku, U. (2017). REDD+ in West Africa: Politics of Design and Implementation in Ghana and Nigeria. Forests 8 (3) 78-100. doi:10.3390/f8030078

2016

  • Atela, J., Arhin, A.A., Quinn, C., and Duguma, L. (2016). Exploring the agency of Africa in Climate Change Negotiations: the Case of REDD+. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics. doi:10.1007/s10784-016-9329-6
  • Arhin, A. A. (2016). Advancing post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals in a changing development landscape: Challenges of NGOs in Ghana. Development in Practice, 26(5), 555-568.

2015

  • Arhin, A. A. (2015). Improving sustainability of the environment in a changing climate: Can REDD+ rise to the challenge? In, D. Soumyananda (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Climate Change Impact on Health and Environmental Sustainability. IGI Global: India.
  • Arhin, A. A. (2015). Halting Deforestation to Advance Sustainable Development: Progress, Prospects and Challenges of REDD+ Readiness in Ghana. In D. Reyes (Ed.), Sustainable Development: Processes, Challenges and Prospects. Nova Publishers: USA
  • Yeboah, T., Arhin, A. A., Kumi, E. and Owusu, L. (2015) Empowering and shaping gender relations? Contesting the microfinance–gender empowerment discourse. Development in Practice 25 (6), 895–908, doi:10.1080/09614524.2015.1064361
  • Arhin, A. A . Forest Carbon Projects and Policies in Africa: An overview, book chapter in Carbon Conflicts and Forest Landscapes in Africa, Edited by I. Scoones, M. Leach (forthcoming, 2015), http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138824836/
  • Yeboah, Tomas and Owusu, Lucy and Arhin, A. A and Kumi, E. (2015) Fighting Poverty from the Street: Perspectives of Some Female Informal Sector Workers on Gendered Poverty and Livelihood Portfolios in Southern Ghana. Journal of Economic and Social Studies, 5 (1). ISSN 1986 – 8502; doi:10.14706/JECOSS11511

2014

  • Arhin, A. A. (2014). Safeguards and Dangerguards: A Framework for Unpacking the Black Box of Safeguards for REDD+. Forest Policy and Economics 45, 24-31; doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2014.05.003
  • Kumi, E., Arhin, A. A., & Yeboah, T. (2014). Can post-2015 sustainable development goals survive neoliberalism? A critical examination of the sustainable development–neoliberalism nexus in developing countries. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 16(3), 539-554; doi:10.1007/s10668-013-9492-7
  • Arhin, A.A and Adam, M. S. (forthcoming, 2014) Protecting the Environment for the Present and Future Generations: REDD+ and the Reversal of Deforestation in Ghana, Ghana Studies
  • Teye, J.T, Arhin, A.A. and Anamzoya, A. S (2014). Achievements and Challenges of the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana. book chapter in Ghana: Social, Economic and Political Issues, edited by Coleen Roscoe, https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=50075

2013

  • Arhin, A. A. (2013). Promising Start, but bleak future? Progress of Ghana's National Health Insurance Schemes towards Universal Health Coverage. Developing Country Studies 3 (13)
  • Ametepeh, R.S., Adei, D and Arhin, A.A. (2013). Occupational Health Hazards and Safety of the Informal Sector in the Secondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Area of Ghana. Research on Humanities and Social Sciences 3 (20)

Presentations and discussion papers

  • Arhin, A. A. (2014). Policy Discourses on Livelihoods in REDD+ policies of Ghana, Kenya and Zambia. Paper presented at the conference on 'Green Economy in the South: Negotiating Environmental Governance, Prosperity and Development – and International Conference', 8-10 July, 2014 at Dodoma, Tanzania
  • Arhin, A. A (2013). Climate Change, REDD+ and safeguards for forest-fringe communities: On course to the promise land or the same old story of hell? Paper presented at the Gates Internal Symposium on 11th March 2013 at the Gates Common Social Room
  • Arhin, A. (2013). Escaping vulnerability in an era of changing climate: Can REDD+ social safeguards offer pathways for community resilience? A paper presented at the First Annual Postgraduate Development Studies Conference on 13-14 June, 2013 at the University of Sussex, UK under the theme Critical Debates With(in) Development: Power, Resilience and Change
  • Arhin, A.A and Adam, M.S (2013). 'Can REDD+ reverse the pace of deforestation? A brief look at the Political Economy of forestry reforms in Ghana. A paper presented at the Perspectives on Ghana: an international conference, held on 23-26 May, 2013 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi
  • Arhin, A. A. (2013). 'Pathways for Stronger REDD+ Safeguards that benefit communities: How will we know?' A presentation made during the 2013 STEPS Summer School held at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex from 13-24th May, 2013
  • Arhin, A. A (2013). Climate Change, REDD+ and safeguards for forest-fringe communities: On course to the promise land or the same old story of hell? Paper presented at the Gates Internal Symposium on 11th March 2013 at the Gates Common Social Room
  • Arhin, A. A. (2013). Ten Years of the Ghana's NHIS: Has the scheme provided financial protection? Paper presented at Civil Society Perspectives on Progress of NHIS on 31st October 2013 at Kama Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana. Also available at: http://www.modernghana.com/news/500047/1/ten-years-of-the-nhis-has-the-scheme-provided-fina.html
  • Arhin, A. A. (2012). 'Achieving a shared goal of influencing policy and practice: how can the bridge between researchers and advocates be bridged' Background Note for Discussion submitted on the Evidence-Based Policy in Development Africa Chapter moderated by the Overseas Development Institute
  • Arhin, A. A. (2011). 'Tracking impacts of policy and research institutions: approaches for monitoring and evaluating policy influence'. Background Note for Discussion submitted on the Evidence-Based Policy in Development Africa Chapter moderated by the Overseas Development Institute
  • Arhin, A. A. (2011). 'Capacity Building for Research and Evidence-Based Policy Influence, Advocacy and Communications In Africa'. Background Note for Discussion submitted on the Evidence-Based Policy in Development Africa Chapter moderated by the Overseas Development Institute
  • Arhin, A. A (2011). 'Research Communication as Vehicle for Influencing Evidence-Based Policies in Africa'. Background Note for Discussion submitted on the Evidence-Based Policy in Development Africa Chapter moderated by the Overseas Development Insti

External activities

  • Communication Officer, Gates Cambridge Scholars Council
  • International Officer, Emmanuel College MCR
  • Research Assistant, civil society sustainability in a changing development landscape research led by Dr. Emma Mawdsley
  • Consultant, Updating Ghana REDD+ profile page on REDD+ desk (http://theredddesk.org/countries/ghana), online database maintained by the Global Canopy Programme (2013)
  • Member, Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers
  • Member, Gates Scholars' Society
  • Member, University of Cambridge, Political Ecology reading group
  • Member, Cambridge University Ghana Students