Senior Research FellowNanaAkua

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Nana Akua Anyidoho analyses the interaction of social policy with the lives of young people and women. Her focus is on employment, education and empowerment; she has investigated young people’s work aspirations and economic empowerment; university students’ transitions into the labour market; youth policy narratives; the informalisation of women’s work; discourses on women’s empowerment; and civil society advocacy for gender rights.

Given the complexity of the processes by which social policy affects human lives and is, in turn, interpreted, adapted or resisted, Dr. Anyidoho brings an interdisciplinary perspective to her research; she has training in social policy, developmental psychology, and African Studies, and in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

She has published and presented her work internationally, and held visiting fellowships at Boston University, Penn State University, and the University of Sussex. She has carried out commissioned research for the Government of Ghana, the World Bank, UNECA, DFID, IDRC and Cadbury Schweppes, among others. 

Dr. Anyidoho is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Social Division at ISSER and President of the Ghana Studies Association, an international affiliate of the African Studies Association. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Ghana and a PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

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