Alumni Postdoc Fellow

Dr Stephen Adaawen

Fellows Unit 3

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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47059 Duisburg

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Dr Stephen Adaawen joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Postdoc Fellow. He conducted his research in Research Unit 3 “Global Governance Revisited” from April 2017 to January 2018.

Research Project at the Centre

The Challenges of Regional Migration and Cooperation: The Case of Ghana and Nigeria

That the West African sub-region has historically been a ‘walked-across land’ with population movements being traditionally an integral part of the social organisation of societies has well been documented. While sub-region has consistently also witnessed the sustained emigration of people mostly to the EU and North America, intra-regional migration is also pronounced. In spite of the provision of the ECOWAS protocol that has guaranteed and facilitated the free movement of people and goods, there are still existential socio-economic, political and policy deficiencies and challenges that tend to stifle effective regional cooperation, intra-regional mobility and trade as way to better management for sustainable development within the sub-region.
There are ongoing international and regional efforts aimed at better migration management and policy, to among other priority areas, tackle the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement, as well as promote effective cooperation on legal migration and mobility within sub-Saharan Africa and into the EU. This research project, will critically delve into the aforementioned issues with a focus on Ghana and Nigeria.

Research Interests

  • Climate/environmental change and human migration interlinkages
  • Migration and population dynamics in West Africa
  • Remittances
  • Agriculture, rural transformation and development
  • Political Ecology
  • Urban Informality


Since 01/2017 University of Bonn, Germany
Department of Geography
Freelance Consultant/Postdoctoral Associate to Prof. Dr. Sabine Tröger, ‘Development Geography Working Group’
04/2016-08/2016 Leibniz Universitat Hannover, Germany
Faculty of Natural Sciences
09/2015-12/2015 University of Bonn / University of Bremen, Germany
Center for Development Research (ZEF) & Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT)
Postdoctoral Researcher (Joint Fellowship)
2015 University of Bonn
Department of Geography
Dr. rer. nat. in Human Geography (magna cum laude)
10/2011-08/2015 University of Bonn
Center for Development Research (ZEF)
Junior Researcher in 'WASCAL project'
2011 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
MPhil in Development Studies (specialising in Geography)
2009 University of Ghana, Legon-Accra
Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS)
MA in Population Studies
09/2007-11/2009 University of Ghana
Centre for Migration Studies (CMS)
Research Assistance
09/2006-08/2007 University of Ghana
Department of Geography and Resource Development
Teaching and Research Assistant

Selected Publications

Adaawen, S.A. (2016). Narratives of Migration - Complex Answers of a Society in Transformation, Ghana, Published Doctoral Thesis, University of Bonn, Germany.

Adaawen, S.A. (2016). Reflections on Migration Dynamics in Northern Ghana from the ‘Crossroads Perspective’, Crossroads Asia Working Paper Series, No.32, ZEF, Bonn.

Adaawen, S.A. (2015). 'Changing Reproductive Behaviour and Migration as Response to Climate/ Environmental Change: Evidence from Rural Northern Ghana', in: F. Hilmann et al. (eds.), Migration, Environmental Change and Adaptation – Bringing in the Region, Palgrave Macmillan, 203–22.

Adaawen, S.A., Dreier, V. and Sow,  P. (2015). 'Migration and Natural Resource Scarcity within the context of Climate Variability in West Africa', Migration, Environment and Climate Change Policy Brief Series 1 (3): 1–8.

Sow, P., Adaawen, S.A.. and Scheffran, J. (2014). 'Migration, Social Demands, and Environmental Change amongst the Frafra of Northern Ghana and the Biali in Northern Benin', Sustainability 6 (1): 375–98.

Adaawen, S.A. (2014). 'Alternate Routes: Internal Migrant Remittances in Ghana', Banker Africa 014: 44–7.

Adaawen, S.A., and Owusu, B. (2013). 'North-South Migration and Remittances in Ghana', African Review of Economics and Finance 5 (1): 29–45.

Adaawen, S.A., and Jørgensen, S.H. (2012). 'Eking out a living: the livelihood implications of urban space regulation on street hawking in Accra, Ghana', African Review of Economics and Finance 3 (2): 49–95.

Adaawen, S.A. (2011). Street Hawking and Urban Space Regulation: The Case of Street Hawkers in Accra, Ghana, Published MPhil Thesis, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.

Adaawen, S.A., Gebremeskel, E.  and Ezekiel E. (2009). The Migration Aspirations of Immigrants into Røros Municipality-Norway (in a “Glance at Socio-Economic Life in Røros”), field course report, Geog 3003, Acta Geographica, Series D, no. 34, NTNU-Trondheim, Norway.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Theory and Aspects of Development: Socio-Economic Aspects of Development, International Master Course: MSc International Horticulture, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Leibniz-Universitat Hannover, April – August 2016
  • Political Ecology, International Master Course: Geography Department, University of Bremen, December 2015
  • GEOG 203: Introduction to Weather & Climate; GEOG 202: Geomorphological Processes & Landforms; GEOG 307: Introduction to Remote Sensing & GIS, Department of Geography & Resource Development, University of Ghana, September 2006–August 2007
  • Geography & Social Studies, Tutor, Delcam College, 2008–2009

Expertise and Consulting Work

Reviews for the Journals

  • Climate and Development
  • Comparative Population Studies
  • Urban Geography
  • Journal of Urban Affairs

    Seminars and Conferences

    • Volkswagen Foundation Symposium: ‘Sustainable Development Goals and the Role of Research – a Focus on coastal Regions’, 8–9 December 2015, Herrenhausen Palace, Hannover, Germany
    • Presentation on: ‘Forced Migration and Climate/Environmental Change Dilemma: Perspectives from N/Ghana, Cost Action IS1101 Conference: ‘Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention’, 28 June – 1 July 2015, Durham University, UK
    • WASCAL Conference: ‘Climate Change in Africa: Negotiations, Translations and Socio-political Implications’, 10–12, September 2014, ZEF, Bonn
    • Presentation on Changing Reproductive Behaviour and Migration as Response to Climate/ Environmental Change: Evidence from Rural Northern Ghana, International Sociological Association (ISA) Conference: “Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology”, ISA XVII World Congress of Sociology, 13-19 July 2014, Yokohama
    • Presentation on Changing Reproductive Behaviour and Migration as Response to Climate/ Environmental Change, Ghana, ‘Parallel Worlds? Environmental Change, Regional Adaptation and the role of Migration’, 3–4 July 2014, Cologne, Germany
    • Presentation on Climate Change and Migration in Northern Ghana, Cost Action IS1101 Conference: ‘Knowledge-Creation and Capacity-Building for Actions in Climate Induced Migration Conference’, 15–18 July, 2013, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
    • VAD Conference: ‘Embattled Spaces, Contested Orders’, 30 May – 2 June, 2012, University of Cologne, Germany
    • PhD Workshop on Adaptation Research in Social Sciences, 29–30 November 2011, University of Dresden, Dresden
    • Tropentag 2011: ’Development on the Margin’, 5–7 October 2011, Bonn
    • Organization of the Child and Youth Migration in West Africa International Workshop, Organized jointly by Development Research Centre-DRC (University of Sussex, UK) and the Centre for Migration Studies (University of Ghana), 9–10 June 2009, Alisa Hotel, Accra, Ghana


    • Crossroads Asia Postdoctoral Fellow (BMBF) (ZMT, Bremen & ZEF, Bonn), September–December 2015
    • Doctoral Scholarship (WASCAL) by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, 2011–2015
    • Norwegian Government Quota Scheme Scholarship for Developing Countries: MPhil Scholarship, 2009–2011

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