On Tuesday 17th April 2018, Mr. Asaah Sumaila Mohammed, a PhD student in Development Studies in our Institute, passed his PhD Viva.

His topic, Actors and Strategies in Negotiation for Local Benefits in Ghana’s Oil and Gas Sector, focused on the dynamics of local level actors in Ghana’s oil and gas sectors.

The dissertation examined the ways in which local actors in the Western Region use their power from various sources to negotiate for local benefits from the exploitation of the oil and gas resources of the Region. Departing from the dominant liberal economic perspective, which gives limited attention to the role of micro level actors in determining development outcomes in the extractive sector, Mr. Mohammed’s thesis adopted an actor-oriented perspective, examining the emergence of local actors, their negotiation strategies, and their successes and failures. The study also examined how the oil and gas companies and the State have responded to the demands of local actors and the forms of benefits that are accruing to local communities in the Western Region.

The substance of Mr. Mohammed’s presentation was tested by the intense, and rigorous questioning of the panel of examiners, faculty members and some people in the audience. Mr. Mohammed’s dissertation was externally examined by Prof. John Micah from the University of Cape Coast and Prof. Daniel Inkoom from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. The internal examiner was Prof. Joseph Awetori Yaro of the Department of Geography and Resource Development of the University of Ghana.

Prof George Owusu, Chairman of the panel of examiners, announced the good news and congratulated the candidate for a successful defence.

ISSER congratulates Mr. Asaah Sumaila Mohammed for the successful defence of his dissertation.

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