University of Cape Coast

Simon Mariwah is a Professor in Health and Development Geography at the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana. His research interests include community development, sanitation, waste management, health behaviours, mobile phones for health (mhealth) and livelihoods. He holds a BA (Economics and Geography) degree from UCC, and in his graduating class of 2004, Simon was adjudged the Overall Best Graduating Student with a CGPA of 3.9 on a 4.0 scale. He was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the University of Cape Coast for an Accelerated PhD in Geography with specialisation in Environment and Development. His PhD thesis focused on Urban Solid Waste Governance, and he has over 15 years post-PhD experience in teaching, research and community service. Between March and June 2014, he was a Visiting Fellow of International Studies at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA. He has rich experience in academic leadership, serving as the Head of the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, UCC (2015-2017), and as the Director of the Institute for Oil and Gas Studies, UCC (2018 to 2023). He has consulted for several organisations including Plan International and World Vision. Simon has collaborated with both national and international researchers from University of Oxford, UK; University of Durham, UK; University of Bradford, UK; University of Reading, UK; University of Sussex, UK; University of Newcastle, UK; University of Hull, UK; Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, USA; University of Hasselt, Belgium; University of Malawi; University of Gondar, Ethiopia; and University of Ghana. He has over 50 research publications to his credit and has shared his research findings in conferences across the world.