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Dr. Prosper Bazaanah

prosper baazanah

Research Scientist

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PhD – Development Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

MPhil – Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

BA – Political Science with Philosophy, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana




Prosper Bazaanah is a Research Scientist at the Water Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. He holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Johannesburg, a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Cape Coast, and a Bachelors degree in Political Science with Philosophy, from the University of Ghana. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) at the University of Pretoria, under the Future Africa Research Leadership programme funded by the Carnegie Corporation, (New York, USA) and hosted by the CSIR-Water Research Institute. His research interest and areas of expertise include water and sanitation governance; community development; development planning; political ecology/ economy; decentralization and local governance.

Prior to joining CSIR, Dr Bazaanah worked as a Lecturer with the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Johannesburg. He has expertise or coordinating research and development programmes in areas of water and sanitation governance, rural livelihoods, and sustainable development, some of which have been published either as policy briefs, peer-reviewed journals, conference papers, or book chapters.


Fellowships/ Awards /Grants:

  • 2022 - 2024: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PDRF), Future Africa Institute, University of Pretoria (South Africa) and Carnegie Corporation (New York, USA).
  • 2018 2021, PhD Scholarship Grant, jointly funded by National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), South Africa and The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Senegal.
  • 2018 - 2021, PhD Award (Merit category). Awarded four-year postgraduate Merit Bursary for PhD Studies by University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 2009-2012, Government of Ghana Bursary Award, Scholarship Secretariat, Ghana


Research Interest:

My research interest lies in exploration of transdisciplinary pathways to water and sanitation governance, community development and sustainable development, using perspectives and principles from political ecology/ economy and multilevel-governance approaches.

Current Projects:

2022-2024; Community participation in governance and sustainability of rural water and sanitation systems in the Savanna Region, Ghana (2022-2024) [FAR-LEAF Research Grant]. 



  • Bazaanah, P. and Dakura, M. (2021). Comparative analysis of the performance of rope-pump and standardised handpump water systems in rural communities of the Northern and Upper East Regions. Groundwater for Sustainable Development. Volume 13 (May 2021). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gsd.2021.10056
  • Deri, N.M, Zaazie, P. and Bazaanah, P. (2021). Turnover Intentions Among Hotel Employees in the Accra Metropolis of Ghana. Africa African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure. Volume 10 (No.1): 238-255. DOI: https://doi.org/10.46222/ajhtl.19770720-98
  • Bazaanah, P. and Chilaule, L. (2021). Formalisation of informal economies and sustainable local development in Africa: Cases of Egypt and Mozambique. African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development. Volume 8 (2) 140 - 150: https://doi.org/10.1504/AJESD.2021.114534 
  • Bazaanah, P. (2019). Local governance, inter-governmental funding and sustainable socio- economic development in Gomoa West District, Ghana. International Journal of Development and Sustainability (IJDS), Vol.8. (Issue 12): 834-857. https://isdsnet.com/ijds-v8n12-06.pdf
  • Bazaanah, P. (2019). Evaluating the effects of household’s socio-demographic elements on the determination of drinking water quality and quantity in rural savannah communities of northern Ghana. International Journal of Economics, Commerce and Management, Vol. VII, Issue 7: (pp.356– 405). Available online: http://ijecm.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/7823.pdf


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