Dr Jasper Abembia Ayelazuno


Dr Abembia obtained his PhD in Political Science from York University in Canada, his MA (with Distinction) in Rural Development from Sussex University in England, and his BA (First Class, Hons) in Sociology and Political Science from University of Ghana, Legon. Has won many prestigious fellowships including: Ford Foundation International Fellowship for graduate studies (2003);  York University Entry Scholarship 2005/2006 academic year; International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Award (2008); Post-doctoral Research Fellowship with University of Johannesburg (2012); and Volkswagen Foundation Senior Fellowship in the Social Sciences (2014)

 Dr Abembia teaches the following courses: CIT 102: Fundamentals of Development Journalism; CIT 105: Concepts of Human Development; CIT 201: Political Economy of Communication; CIT 202:  Global Political Economy & Dev. Policy in Africa; CIT 302: Social Research Methods: CIT 308: Governance and Institutions for Human Development; CIT 312: Political Economy of Extractive Industries and Development; CIT 409: Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis; and CIT 412: Agrarian Societies and Social Change

 Research Interest

 Dr Abembia’s research interests are interdisciplinary in focus, straddling politics, sociology, anthropology, agrarian economy and international development. Specifically, he is interested in African politics, critical political economy, international political economy, subaltern agency and contentious politics, elections and democratization, resource wealth, extractive industries, and development in Africa. Jasper has published on some of these issues in top-tier peer-reviewed journals such as Review of African Political Economy, Resources Policy, Journal of Asian and African Studies and Extractive Industry and Society.  With funding from the Volkswagen Foundation, he is currently researching into large-scale land investment, water and ocean investment, capitalist farming, and oil/gas production and their implications for industrialization in Ghana.

 Selected Publications


·       Ayelazuno, J. (2016).  Oil-rush, Great Recession, and “development” implications for Africa: Possibilities, constraints, and contradictions of oil-driven industrialisation in Ghana. African Insight, vol 46, No. 1 

·       Ayelazuno, J. (2015). African Youth and Global Resistance to Neoliberalism: Exploring the Dialectics between Cosmopolitan and Identity politics. In Ugor, P. and Mawuko-Yevugah, L. (Eds) Globalizing the African Youth: Challenges, Agency and Resistance. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing

·       Ayelazuno, J (2014). Oil wealth and the well-being of the subaltern classes in Sub-Saharan Africa: A critical analysis of the resource curse in Ghana. Resources Policy 40: 66 –73.

·       Ayelazuno, J. (2014) Neoliberalism and growth without development in Ghana: A case for state-led industrialisation. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 49 (1): 80 – 99.

·       Ayelazuno, J. (2014). The 'new extractivism' in Ghana: A critical review of its development prospects. The Extractive Industries and Society, 1(2): 292–302.


Community Service

·       Executive Secretary, STAND GHANA, INC: http://www.standghana.org/about-us/team-profile/


·       A Leader and member of United KaNaEast, a youth and development association of the seven villages of the Kasena/Nankani-speaking people, located east of Navrongo (see https://www.facebook.com/groups/339709876237154/?fref=nf).


·       Member of the board of trustees of WACEP, Ghana, a local NGO that works to empower women and children in the Upper East and West regions (http://www.wacepghana.getafricaonline.com/About+Us)


·       Feature article on Ghanaweb: “RE: Do our lecturers deserve research allowance?” (http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/features/artikel.php?ID=281314): 3rd August  2013


·       Feature article on Ghanaweb: “The 2012 Ghanaian election: kudos to the ordinary Ghanaians for preserving the peace” (http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/features/artikel.php?ID=260313): 23 December 2012



First Name
Jasper Abembia
Last name
Senior Lecturer/Head of Department
Other Position
Volkswagen Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences
Department of Communication, Innovation and Technology
Nyankpala Campus