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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Frederick Dapilah

Doctoral Researcher


  • Human dimensions of resilience in CCA and DRR
  • Urban development and environmental problems in the Global-South
  • Urban Transport and Health


With a background in Geography and Development studies, I have learned and appreciated the fact that global environmental change challenges are multi-faceted in nature and as such need interdisciplinary solutions.  Drawing on this background, I am motivated to be part of IRI THESys because it provides a stimulating, intellectual and cultural environment for deepening interdisciplinary competencies and disciplinary specialization.” Frederick Dapilah

Frederick Dapilah holds a B.A degree in Integrated Development Studies (2006) from the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana and a Master of Philosophy degree in Geography and Resource Development (2011) from the University of Ghana. He has worked at the University for Development Studies, Faculty of Planning and Land Management as a Teaching and Research Assistant between 2007 and 2012. Since 2013, he works as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Planning and Land Management, University for Development Studies where he teaches courses in Urban Studies, Disaster Management and Fundamentals of Geography.

At IRI THESys, his research is funded by the Ministry of Education (MoE) Ghana- DAAD Postgraduate scholarship programme. His work will focus on community resilience under natural disaster risk in rural and urban communities in Ghana.

Since 1 October 2016, Frederick is a doctoral researcher in the research group "Integrative Geography" led by Prof. Jonas Nielsen.

Thesys Projects

Selected Publications

Issaka KO, Kosoe, EK and Dapilah, F (2016) Residential housing in Ghana’s low-income urban areas: An analysis of household living conditions in Wa Municipality. Journal of Geography and Regional Planning, Vol.9.No.7.139-153 http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/JGRP/how-to-cite-article/8A57ED359236

Dapilah F; Guba, B.Y and Owusu-Sekyere, E (2016)(In Press) Motorcyclist characteristics and traffic behaviour in urban Northern Ghana: Implications on road traffic accidents. Journal of transport and health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2016.03.001