Contact InformationOffice: Room 2427, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 85343
Fax: 519 661-1233
Research AreasHousing and economic development; Urban development and policy analysis; Regional and local economic development policy and planning; Third World development issues (esp. Africa)
My research spans 'urban' and 'economic' sub-division of human geography, especially as they relate to the transformation of urban systems in a changing global environment. I am also interested in issues of third world development. Specific areas of present research interests are:
- Housing and economic development
- Urban development and policy analysis
- Regional and local economic development policy and planning
- Third World development issues (esp. Africa)
Chatwin, M., & Arku, G. (2019) Defining subnational open government: Does local context influence policy and practice? Policy Sciences. doi.org/10.1007/s11077-018-09347-7.
Cleave, E., Arku, G. & Chatwin, M. (2019) One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Examining the Influence of Consultants on City Economic Development Policy. Canadian Journal of Public Administration, 62 (1). doi.org/10.1111/capa.12299.
Cleave, E., Arku, G. & Chatwin, M. (2019) Are they Surgeons or Plumbers? Assessing the Role of Private Sector Consultants in Place Branding and Other Place-Based Economic Development Strategies. Public Organization Review. DOI: 1007/s11115-017-0396-0.
Hussey, L. & Arku, G. (2019) Conceptualizations of Climate-related health risks Among Experts and the Public in Ghana. Social Science & Medicine 223: 40-50.
Sowatey, E., Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Mkandawire, P. Arku, G., Hussey, L., Amasaba, A. (2018) Spaces of resilience, ingenuity, and entrepreneurship in informal work in urban Ghana International Planning Studies 23(4): 327-339.
DuBreck, C., Sadler, R., Arku, G. & Gilliland, J. (2018) Examining Community and Consumer Food Environments: An urban-suburban-rural comparison in Southwestern Ontario. Social Science & Medicine 209: 33-42.
Chatwin, M. & Arku, G. (2018). Co-creating open government action plans: the case of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Ghana. Growth & Change 49(2): 374-393.
Cleave, E., & Arku, G. (2017) Putting a Number on Place: A systematic review of place branding influence. Journal of Place Management and Development 10(5):425-446.
Chatwin, M. & Arku, G. (2017). Beyond Ambiguity: Conceptualizing Open Government through a Human Systems Framework. Journal of Democracy 9(1):52-78.
Cleave, E., Arku, G., Sadler, R. & Kyeremeh, E. (2017) Place Marketing, Place Branding and Social Media: Perspectives of Municipal Practitioners. Growth & Change. 48(4):1012-1033.
Cleave, E., Watson McCauley, B. & Arku, G (2017) Just Because You Could, Doesn’t Mean You Should: Exploring if (and when) cities should brand through a case of the city of London, Ontario. Canadian Journal of Urban Research 26(2): 1-14.
Cleave, E., Arku, G., Sadler, R. & Gilliland, J. (2017) Is it Sound Policy or Fast Policy? Practitioners’ Perspectives on the Role of Place Branding in Local Economic Development. Urban Geography. 38 (8): 1133-1157.
Cleave, E., Arku, G., Chatwin, M. (2017) Cities’ Economic Development Efforts in a Changing Global Economy: Content Analysis of Economic Development Plans of Cities in Ontario, Canada. Area. 49(3): 359-368.
Kennedy, J., Arku, G. & Cleave, E. (2017) The Experiences of Service Providers of Housing First Programs in Three Communities in Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Housing Policy. 17(3): 396-416.
Kennedy, J., Forchuk, C., Arku, G., & Buzzelli, M. (2016) Service Providers Perspectives and Tenants Satisfaction with the Implementation of Housing First Program in the City of London Ontario, Canada. Housing & Society 43(2): 82-102.
Arku, G. Yeboah, I., Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H. (2016) Public Parks as an Element of Urban Development: A missing piece in Accra’s growth and development. Local Environment 21 (12): 1500-1515.
Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Arku, G. & Inkoom, D. (2016) Urban agriculture and political ecologies of health. GeoForum. 72: 38-48.
Arku, G., Mensah, K., Allotey, N., & Addo-Frempong, E. (2016) (Non)-compliance with Building Permit Regulations in Accra, Ghana: Exploring the reasons from the perspective of multiple stakeholders. Planning Theory & Practice. 17 (3): 361-384.
Cleave, E., Arku, G., Sadler, R. & Gilliland, J. (2016) The Role of Place Branding in Local and Regional Economic Development: Toward bridging the gap between policy and practicality. Regional Studies, Regional Science. 3(1): 207-228.
Kuuire, V., Arku, G., Luginaah, I., Buzzelli, M. & Abada, T. (2016) Obligations and Expectations: Perceived relationship between Transnational Housing Investment and Housing Consumption Decisions among Ghanaians Immigrants in Canada. Housing, Theory & Society 33 (4): 445-468.
Kuuire, V., Arku, G., Luginaah, I., Buzzelli, M., & Abada, T. (2016) Transnational-Integration Nexus: Examining the relationship between transnational housing investment and homeownership status in Canada. Geoforum 75: 168-179.
Kuuire, V., Arku, G., Luginaah, I., Abada, T., & Buzzelli, M. (2016) Impact of Remittance Behaviour on Immigrant Housing Ownership Trajectories: An Analysis of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants in Canada from 2001-2005. Social Indicators Research. 127 (3): 1135-1156.
Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Arku, G. & Inkoom, D. (2016) Urban agriculture and political ecologies of health. Geoforum. 72: 38-48.
Sadler, R., Gilliland, J., & Arku, G. (2016) Theoretical Issues in the ‘Food Desert’ Debate and Ways Forward. GeoJournal. 81(3): 443-455.
Kuuire, V., Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I., & Arku, G. (2016) Abandoning Land in Search of Farms: Challenges of subsistence migrant farming. Agriculture & Human Values. 33(2):475-488.
Sadler, R., Cleave, E., Arku, G., and Gilliland, J. (2016) A comparative analysis of place branding in Michigan and Ontario. Urban Research and Practice. 9(1): 16-36.
Arku, G. (2015) Economic Development Practices of Cities in Ontario. Community Development. 46(5): 604-615.
Arku, G. and Oosterbaan, C. (2015) Evidence of Inter-Territorial Collaborative Economic Development Strategies in Ontario, Canada. GeoJournal. 80(3): 361-374.
Sadler, R., Arku, G., and Gilliland, J. (2015) Local Food Network as Catalysts for Food Policy Change to Improve Health and Build the Economy. Local Environment. 20(9):1103-1121.
Taabazuing, M., Arku, G. and Mkandawire, P. (2015) Economic Development in a Changing Global Environment: what do practitioners think? Urban Research and Practice. 8(2): 145-164.
Cleave, E., and Arku, G. (2015) Place Branding and Economic Development at the Community Level in Ontario, Canada. GeoJournal. 80(3): 323-338.
Cleave, E., & Arku, G. (2015) Community Branding and Brand Images in Ontario, Canada: A case study. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. 11(1): 65-82.
Mkandawire, P., Arku, G., Atari, O., Madut, K., Luginaah, I. and Dixon, J. (2015) “My house is the hospital”: Housing and health well-being of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Northern Malawi. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 26(4): 1246-1264.
Baiden, P., Dunnen, W., Arku, G., and Mkandawire, P. (2014) 'The role of sense of community belonging on unmet health care needs in Ontario, Canada: Findings from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey.' Journal of Public Health. 22(5):467-478.
Cleave, E., and Arku, G. (2014) ‘Competitiveness through Cooperation: Analysis of Spatial Patterns and Inter-Jurisdiction Collaboration in the Place Branding of Ontario Communities, Canada.’ Local Economy.
Sadler, R., Gilliland, J., and Arku, G. (2014) ‘Stakeholders and Policy-Maker Perception of Key Issues in Food Systems Planning and Policy-Making.’ Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition.
Arku, G. (2014) ‘Competition and Cooperation in Economic Development: Examining the Perceptions of Practitioners in Ontario’. Journal of Urban Affairs. 36(1): 99-118.
Arku, G. (2013) 'Outsourcing Functions to Economic Development Corporations? Exploring the Perceptions of Officials in Ontario, Canada.' Public Organization Review. 13 (1): 49-70.
Sadler, R., Gilliland, J., and Arku, G. (2013) ‘Community Development and the Influence of New Food Retail Sources on the Price and Availability of Nutritious Food.’ Journal of Urban Affairs. 35(4): 471-491.
Kuuire, V., Mkandawire, P., Arku, G., and Luginaah, I. (2013) ‘Abandoning Farms in Search of Food: Food Remittance and Household Food Security in Ghana.’ African Geographical Review. 32(2): 125-139.
Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I., Dixon, J., Armah, F. and Arku, G. (2013) ‘Circumcision status and time to first sexual intercourse: HIV prevention policy dilemmas in Malawi.’ AIDS & Behavior. 17: 2123-2135.
Sadler, R., Gilliland, J., and Arku, G. (2013) ‘A Food Retail-Based Intervention on Food Security and Consumption.’ (International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health. 10(8): 3325-3346.
Arku, G. (2013) ‘Outsourcing Functions to Economic Development Corporations? Exploring the Perceptions of Officials in Ontario, Canada.' Public Organization Review. 13(1): 49-70.
Arku, G., Luginaah, I. and Mkandawire, P. (2012) ‘You Either Pay More Advance Rent or You Move Out: Landlords and Tenants Dilemma in the Low Housing Market in Accra, Ghana.' Urban Studies. 49(14): 3177-3193.
Oosterbaan, C., Arku, G., and Asiedu, B. A. (2012) ‘Conversion of Residential Units into Offices and Commercial Spaces in Accra: a policy dilemma.' International Planning Studies. 17(1): 45-66.
Arku, G., Luginaah, I. Mkandawire, P. Baiden, P. and Asiedu, A. B. (2011) ‘Housing and Health in three Contrasting Neighbourhoods in Accra, Ghana.' Social Science & Medicine. 72(11): 1864-1872.
Arku, G., Kemp, J. and Gilliland, J (2011) ‘Analysis of Public Debates on Urban Growth Patterns in London, Ontario.' Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice & Sustainability. 16(2): 147-163.
Baiden, P., Arku, G., Luginaah, I. and Asiedu, A. B. (2011) ‘An Assessment of Residents’ Housing Satisfaction and Coping.’ Journal of Public Health. 19(1): 29-37.
Sadler, R., Gilliland, J., and Arku, G. (2011) ‘An Application of the Edge Effect in Measuring Accessibility to Multiple Food Retailer Types in Southwestern Ontario.’ International Journal of Health Geographies. 10:34.
Hayek, M., Novak, M., Arku, G., and Gilliland, J. (2010) ‘Mapping Industrial Legacies: Building a Spatially-Referenced Comprehensive Brownfield Database in GIS.’ Planning Practice & Research. 25(4): 461-475.
Allotey, N., Arku, G., and Amponsah, P. E. (2010) 'Earthquake-Disaster Preparedness: The Case of Accra.' International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. 1 (2): 140-156.
Hayek, M., Arku, G., and Gilliland, J. (2010) ‘Assessing London Ontario’s Brownfield ; Redevelopment Effort to Promote Urban Intensification.’ Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice & Sustainability. 15(4): 389-402.
Luginaah, I., Arku, G., and Baiden, P. (2010) ‘Housing and Health: Psychosocial and Well-being Impacts of Renting a Home in the AMA.’ International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health. 7: 528-545.
Arku, G. (2009) ‘Rapidly Growing African Cities Need to Adopt Smart Growth Policies to Solve Urban Problems.’ Urban Forum. 20(3): 253-270.
Arku, G. (2009) ‘The Economics of Housing Programmes in Ghana, 1929-1966.’ Planning Perspectives. 24(3): 281-300.
Asiedu, B. A. and Arku, G. (2009) ‘The Rise of Gated Housing Estates in Ghana: Experiences from three Communities in Metropolitan Accra.’ Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. 24(3):227-247.
Arku, G. (2009) ‘Housing Policy Changes in Ghana in the 1990s.’ Housing Studies. 24 (2): 261-272.
Chapters in Books
Chatwin, M. & Arku, G. (2018) 'Smart Urban Governance.' IN: Smart Economy in Smart African Cities: Sustainable, Resilience, Inclusive and Prosperous. G. Mboup and O. Oyeyinka (editors), Springer.
Arku, G. & Sadler, R. (2017) 'Healthy Cities.' IN: Urbanization in a Global Context: A Canadian Readers Guide. Alison Bain and Linda Peak (editors). Oxford University Press. 361-376.
Cleave, E., and Arku, G. (2015) 'Reaching a “Critical Mass”: Analysis of Inter-regional Place Branding Amongst Communities in Ontario, Canada.' In: Inter-Regional Place Branding: Best Practices, Challenges and Solutions. S. Zenker and B. P. Jacobsen (Eds.). Springer. 99-114.
Arku, G. Mkandawire, P. Luginaah, I., and Baiden, P. (2014) 'Healthcare Access in Three Residential Neighbourhoods in Accra, Ghana.' IN: Weeks, J.R., Hill, A.G., & Stoler J. (Eds.) Spatial Inequalities: Health, Poverty and Place in Accra, Ghana. Springer Publication. 191-204.
Arku, G. (2010) 'Geography and Environment' in Africa and the Wider World ed H. Tijani, R. Njoku, and T. Jones (Pearson Prentice Hall). 1-18.
Arku, G. and Mkandawire, P. (2009) 'Precarious Balance: The future of Environmental Degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa' in Environment and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Managing an Emerging Crisis ed I.N. Luginaah and E.K. Yanful (Springer: London). 141-154.
Mkandawire, P. and Arku, G. 2009 'Environmental Legislations and Regulations in Sub-Saharan Africa: 'Green Development' or 'Green Imperialism'?' in Environment and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Managing an Emerging Crisis ed I.N. Luginaah and E.K. Yanful (Springer: London). 95-110.
Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles
|Current||HIV Vulnerability and Resilience among Heterosexual African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) men in London, Ontario, Canada|
|E. Kyeremeh||Current||Integration of African Immigrants in Canada|
|E. Cleave||2018||Does It Work? Examining the Effectiveness of Place Branding in Local Economic Development|
|L. Hussey||2018||Examining Climate Change-Health Nexus in Ghana|
|2017||Development in Whose Interest? Understanding the Promises and Realities of Mass Tourism as the Key Development Strategy along the North Coast of Jamaica: A Comparative Analysis of the Towns of Falmouth and Lucea|
|2017||Poverty, Unemployment and Youth Empowerment in African Mining Communities: The Case of Ghana|
|2015||Understanding Immigrant Housing Integration in Canada - The Role of Transnational Engagements|
|2013||Evaluating the Food System and Effective Interventions for Health and the Economy|
|S. Meksula||Current||The socio-economic impacts of plant closures on communities|
|D. Spilsbury||Current||Economic development strategies in rural and urban areas|
|M. Vecchio||Current||Economic development policy and land reuse development strategies for mid-sized cities|
|J. Kennedy||2015||Service providers and tenants perceptions of the Housing First Model in Southern Ontario|
|E. Cleave||2014||Economic development in the contemporary global environment: The role of place branding as a tool of local economic development in Ontario, Canada|
|M. Taabazuing||2012||Economic development in a knowledge-based economy: Perceptions of directors and consultants in Ontario|
|2012||Experiences of Socio-Apatial Exclusion among Ghanaian Immigrant Youth in Toronto: Case Study of Jane-Finch Neighbourhood|
|2011||Food Security Situation of Migrant Farmers in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana|
|2010||Upgrade from Masters Program to PhD Program|
|M. Hayek||2009||Brownfield redevelopment in London, Ontario: Developing a methodology for creating a Brownfield database and an examination of policy initiatives aimed at promoting redevelopment|
|C. Oosterbaan||2009||Economic reforms and changing urban landscape of Accra and Kumasi: The conversion of residential units into commercial and office spaces|
|2017||Investigating the Geographic Variation in Children's Menu Items in Four North American Cities|
|2016||Built Environment and Travel Behaviour|
GEO 2420A - Economic Geography
GEO 2460G - Urban Development
GEO 3465F - Urban Economic Development
GEO 9117 - Urban Geography of the Developing World