* Development Reaseach In Progress Serminars (DRIPS)
We have been organizing Research Seminars dubbed "Development Research in Progress seminars (DRIPs)." This aims at providing a platform for Scientists at the Institute and others from other organizations/Institutes to share their ongoing research work a community of experts and in exchange receive inputs to enrich their research and publications. These seminars are organized two monthly and lasts for two hours, with usually two Scientists presenting. Attendance to these seminars is free and is open to the general public. However, the general public is required to contact the organizers for approval.
For more details on DRIPS please contact Dr. Richard Ampadu-Ameyaw or watch this space for specific dates and research topics to be discussed.
* The next DRIPs presentation comes off as follows:
Date : Friday, 22nd September, 2017
Venue: New Block Conference Room
1. Utility Scale Renewable Energy Plants in Urban Areas and Land Tenure Systems: The case of Ghana
In many developing countries the drive for utility scale-scale renewable energy plants seeks to simultaneously address both the energy deficiency and climate change management challenge. This objective is important against the background of rapid urbanization and economies pursuing an increase in their manufacturing output. An inevitable end in this pursuit is competition for land between human settlements, industrial premises and renewable energy plants among others. In countries with weak institutional and policy regimes this competition has led to land commodification and the consequential well-protected individual and private rights often at the expense of rights with wider societal benefits. Ghana is caught in this quagmire. This paper examines Ghana’s current urban land-use policy and institutional regime and its impacts on the development of utility-scale renewable plants seeking to both mitigate climate change and address the country’s chronic urban energy deficit, electricity in particular. The research approach addressing this subject gathered primarily, qualitative data which was subsequently analyzed through deductive thematic analysis and secondary data from relevant literature (public policies).
Keywords: land-use, plan, renewable energy, policy
Authours: Ransford Karbo (Principal Pechnologist, CSIR-STEPRI, Ghana)
Vuyo Mjimba (Chief Research Specialist, Human Sciences Research Council- Africa Institute of South Africa