Prof. Nana Akua Anyidoho

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Nana Akua Anyidoho is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of CSPS. She has a BA in Psychology (1997) from the University of Ghana, and a PhD in Human Development and Social Policy (2005) from Northwestern University. Her approach to research inquiry is, therefore, interdisciplinary, drawing on her training in developmental psychology, social policy, statistics, economics and African Studies, and in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.


Her research and publications are broadly social policy and social development. Her work frequently explores themes of participation, inclusion, and empowerment by examining how marginalized social groups (in particular, young people and women) respond to globalizing and neo-liberalizing policy structures in their struggles for social and economic rights.


Her publications have covered the following areas:

  • Analysis of social policy discourses, processes and practices (themes: inclusion, participation and empowerment)
  • Young people’s work aspirations, transitions and futures
  • Women’s formal and informal work 


She has published and presented her work internationally, and is on the editorial boards of African Affairs and the African Review of Economics and Finance. In terms of practice and advocacy, she has carried out commissioned projects for UNECA, IDRC, DFID, British Council, and Cadbury Schweppes, among others, and was the lead consultant for the development of a Social Development Strategy as part of a Long-Term National Development Plan for the Government of Ghana. She was also co-lead for UNECA's report, 'The Situational Analysis of Youth in Africa', which led to the development of a policy toolbox for African governments. 

Nana Akua Anyidoho serves on the Executive Committee of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and as President of the Ghana Studies Association (GSA), a cognate organization of the African Studies Association (ASA).  


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