A lecturer at the University of Ghana (UG), Dr James Kwame Mensah, has earned a 15,000-dollar fellowship at the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR), University of Pennsylvania in the United States.
Dr Mensah, who is a lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management at the UG Business School, was offered the fellowship on July 3 due to his excellent works on urbanisation.
It was also grounded on the the Institute’s conviction that Dr Mensah’s urban-focused scholarship will help deepen and diversify the multi-disciplinary knowledge that Penn IUR seeks to cultivate.
The lecturer is expected to use the amount to undertake research projects which will afford him the chance to positively impact studious students of the UGBS, by engaging them on the various projects.
He is currently working with two students on a project titled, “Prosperity to Informal Settlements in the Global South: Testing the Implementation of SDG7”.
As part of the offer, Dr Mensah will be given the opportunity to present and showcase his works at Penn IUR sponsored events such as lectures, roundtables, conferences and book readings, as well as to be part of some future research collaborations on Urbanisation and other related spheres.
The Penn IUR fellows programme encompasses promising scholars and practitioners interested in urban policy. Its fellows are a part of a dynamic but select community of urban scholars and practitioners.
The programme is also dedicated to developing knowledge in three critical areas; innovative urban development strategies; building the sustainable and inclusive 21st-century city; and the role of anchor institutions in urban places.
By providing a forum for collaborative scholarship and instruction, Penn IUR stimulates research and engages with the world of urban practitioners and policymakers.
“UGBS is fortunate to have one of its faculty as a Penn IUR fellow, a designation that honours and recognises scholars in the field of urbanization,” UGBS said on its website.
It explained that such endeavours are important contributors to understanding the world’s changing cities, “and UGBS therefore congratulates him for this achievement”.