Seth Appiah-Opoku


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  • PhD, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • MSc, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • BSc (Honors), University of Science and Technology, Ghana
  • BA, Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Research Areas

  • Environmental assessment
  • Transportation Planning
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Biodiversity conservation and ecotourism
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Natural resource conservation
  • Indigenous ecological knowledge
  • International development


Seth Appiah-Opoku is Professor of Geography and teaches Urban Planning and Analysis, Land Use Regulation, World Regional Geography, and a field studies in Africa course. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has contributed questions to the AICP exam. He is the author of two books and has edited three others. He has served on the international editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Impact Assessment since 2003 and has published scholarly articles in several renowned journals. He served on the Technical Advisory Team that advised the government of Ghana on the preparation of a 40-year development plan for the country in 2015. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has served on several thesis and dissertation committees.

Selected Publications

2022    Schnarre, E., Appiah-Opoku, S., Weber, J., and Steven, J. Improving Mobility and Infrastructural Connectivity on College Campus for Commuting Students: A Case Study from the US. Journal of Urban, Planning and Transport Research, Vol. 10, 2022, Issue 1

2020    Appiah-Opoku, S., Glass, C., Weber, J., Jones, S.L., and Chan, A. The Role of Bike Share programs in Transit-Oriented Development: The Case of Birmingham, Alabama. Journal of Urban Planning and Development.

2019    Asare-Akuffo, F., Boakye, R.T., Appiah-Opoku,S., and J.O. Sobanjo. (2019). Spatial Accessibility to Hospital Facilities: The Case of Kumasi, Ghana. Journal of African Geographical Review.

2017    Appiah-Opoku, S., and S. Adu-Prah. Spatiotemporal evidence of climate change across diverse agro-ecological zones in Ghana, Journal of African Geographical Review.

2016    Jones, S.L, Walsh, J., and S. Appiah-Opoku. Rural Transport health and Safety in Sub-Saharan Africa: Online Survey Snapshot of Expert Opinion. Journal of Development Southern Africa, Vol.33, pp. 677-702.

2016    Jones, S., Moses, T., Zephaniah, S., Tedla, E., Appiah-Opoku, S., and J. Walsh. Public

Transport and Health Outcomes in Rural Sub-saharan Africa – A Synthesis of

Professional Opinion. Journal of Transport & Health, Vol.3, pp. 211-219.

2015    Appiah-Opoku, S., Jones, S., and T. Moses. Urban Transport Projects

Screening in Ghana: A Theoretical Approach to a More Inclusive Practice.

International Journal of Intelligent Transportation and Urban Planning, Vol. 3 (2):


2015    Jones, S., Moses, T. and S. Appiah-Opoku. Incorporating Stakeholder Input

In Transport Project Selection – A Step Towards Urban prosperity in developing

Countries? Habitat International, 1-9

2014    Moses, T., Jones, S., and S. Appiah-Opoku. System User Involvement in

Sustainable Urban Transport Decision-Making, Journal of Emerging Trends in

Engineering and Applied Sciences (JETEAS) 5(8): 145-150.

2013    Appiah-Opoku. S. and B. Hobson. Environmental Assessment Follow-up in Ghana:

Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Environmental Impact Assessment Review.

Vol. 41, pp. 38-44.

2013    Jones, S., Tefe, M., and S. Appiah-Opoku. Proposed Framework for Sustainability

Screening of Urban Transport Projects in Developing Countries: A Case Study of

Accra, Ghana. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice (49), pp. 21-34.

2012    Appiah-Opoku, S. “Rethinking Ecotourism: The Case of Kakum National Park in

Ghana”, African Geographical Review, Vol. 23, pp. 49-63.

2011    Appiah-Opoku, S. Using Protected Areas as a Tool for Biodiversity Conservation and

Ecotourism:  A Case Study of Kakum National Park in Ghana, Journal of Society and

Natural Resources, Vol. 24:500-510.

2007    Appiah-Opoku, S. “Indigenous Beliefs and Environmental Stewardship: A Rural

Ghana Experience”, Journal of Cultural Geography, Vol. 24(2): 79-98.