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Ellis Adjei Adams

Assistant Professor in the Global Studies Institute and courtesy appointment in Geosciences    

2016 PhD Geography, Environmental & Spatial Sciences, Michigan State University
2012 Certificate in Sustainable Water Resources Planning, Ohio State University
2011 M.S Environmental Policy, Michigan Technological University
2007 B. S Natural Resources Mgt, University of Science and Technology, Ghana


Global water security, Water policy and governance, Water resources, Water-sanitation-health, Cities and informal settlements, Africa, Urban political ecology, global health, Gender, Human-environment interactions, Community-Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM)


Ellis Adjei Adams is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Geosciences at Georgia State University. His research lies at the intersection of human-environment interactions in cities, poor urban and peri-urban, and informal settlements of Sub-Saharan Africa. His primary research for the past few years has explored institutional, governance, and socio-political dimensions of water resources and potable water access in the Sub-Saharan African context, including the role of neoliberal, market-based privatization of urban water supply. His most recent project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant examined the impact of decentralization reforms (via community-public partnerships) on access to potable water in Malawi’s urban and peri-urban informal settlements. Dr. Adams continues to be interested in scholarship on urban livelihoods, urban and political geography, and sustainable development, and particularly passionate about how institutions, socio-economics, politics, and culture influence access to water, sanitation, and other resources in cities and informal settlements of Sub-Saharan Africa, all in the context of population growth and unprecedented, rapid urbanization in the region. He is currently involved in the following research projects either as a lead or a collaborator:


Adams, E. A., Thirsty Slums in African Cities: Access to Potable water in Malawi’s Urban and Peri-Urban Informal Settlements. International Journal of Water Resources Development.

  1. Dos Santos, E. A. Adams, E. M. Bernhardt, A. de Sherbinin, G. Neuville, Y. Wada. S. B. Adamo. Urban Growth and Water Access in Least Developed Countries: Progress, Challenges, and Emerging Research Directions. Science of the Total Environment.607-608 (497-508)

Adams E.A, Zulu L.C (2015). Participants or Customers in Water Governance? Community-Public Partnerships for Peri-Urban Water Supply. Geoforum 65 (112-124).

Adams E.A, Boateng O. J, Amoyaw O. J (2015). Socioeconomic and Demographic Predictors of Potable Water and Sanitation Access in Ghana. Social Indicators Research (1-15).

Adams, E. A., Halvorsen, K. (2014). Nongovernmental Organization Staff Views of Global Water Privatization. Human Geographies 8 (2):1-15

Adams E. A (2014). Behavioral Attitudes towards Water Conservation and Re-use among the United States Public. Resources and Environment 4 (3):162-167.

Otoo R, Adams EA, Boateng D, Baffour PA. (2014). Waste Management Services in the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana. International Journal of Community Development 2(2):23-29

Tia-Adjei M., Boateng D, Adams E. A (2013). Determinants of Household Water Quality in the Tamale Metropolis, Ghana. Journal of Environment and Health Sciences 3(7):70-77