Dr. Wisdom Akpalu

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Affiliation: School of Research and Graduate Studies, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), 

Bio: Wisdom Akpalu is a Professor of Economics. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Gothenburg University, Sweden. Currently, he is the Dean of the School of Research and Graduate Studies (SRGS) at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and the Director of the Environment for Development Initiative in Ghana (EfD-Ghana), which is funded by Sida. He is also a partner of the One Ocean Hub (OOH) and a co-opted member of the Technical Advisory Board (TAC) of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). He was the inaugural president of the African Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AFAERE). Prior to joining GIMPA he was Associate Professor of Economics at the State University of New York, Farmingdale, NY; and a Research Fellow at the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). Since 2013, he has been a resource person for the Africa Economic Research Consortium (AERC).  

Prof. Akpalu is an avid researcher with an interest in the biophysical and economic dynamics of marine ecosystems, and the Economics of Climate Change.  Some of his works have been published in journals such as Nature Communications, Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, Marine Resource Economics, Ecological Economics, Marine Policy, Energy Policy, Environment and Development Economics, Climate and Development, Bioeconomics, and Natural Resource Modeling.

Research Interests: He is a highly respected researcher and educator in the field of environmental economics, including the areas of Optimal Extraction of Natural Resources, Economics of Climate Change, Modeling Microeconomic Behavior, and Economics of Crime and Punishment.

Dr. Akpalu’s Awards include:

  • Academy of Economics and Finance (AEF) Research Fellow for 2015
  • CTLT Outstanding Scholarly Publication Prize 2014 (Shared with Richard Vogel and Xu Zhang)
  • IIFET Best Student Paper Prize 2006

Topics of interest:

  • Bio-social-economics of sustainable fisheries management in developing countries 
  • Extraction of non-renewable resources and resource use externalities
  • Household energy demand
  • Climate change impacts on agriculture in developing countries.