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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Measuring community resilience under natural disaster risk in Ghana

Frederick is a doctoral student at the Departments of Geography at Humboldt-Universität zu, Berlin. His main research interest is in human dimensions of resilience in environmental change, urban development and environmental problems in the Global South.

Photo: Flood risk on the Black Volta by Frederick Dapilah

My work will focus on community resilience under natural disaster risk in rural and urban communities in Ghana. Most developing countries still faces a situation where small, manageable hazards, result in unnecessary losses of social and economic capital. While the theoretical understandings of these challenges are well documented in the literature, solutions are far less developed. In response, resilience science has been developing a research agenda that focuses on empirical-based solutions that are scalable and transferable. However, in the literature there is still a yawning gap between the set of indicators that provide strong community resilience and place-based solutions. This project therefore aims to examine community capacities to cope, adapt, and transform in case of flooding and drought hazard. It addresses the following questions: If we think of resilience in terms of communities rather than households does that make a difference in Sub-Saharan Africa? Does climate change reshape new communities and boundaries to enhance community resilience? What are the pathways towards strong community resilience? Is it the same to be resilient toward floods as droughts? This study will dwell largely on qualitative participatory research approaches. The output of this research is assumed to fill the theory-action gap through a local scale analysis in resilience science.

Frederick holds a B.A degree in Integrated Development Studies (2006) from the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana and Master of Philosophy degree in Geography and Resource Development (2011) from University of Ghana. Prior to obtaining his master’s degree, he worked at University for Development Studies, Faculty of Planning and Land Management as a Teaching and Research Assistant between 2007-2012. Since 2013, Frederick worked as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Planning and Land Management, University for Development Studies where he taught courses in Urban Studies, Disaster Management and Fundamentals of Geography.

 

Photo: Anne Dombrowski

Contact

Frederick Dapilah, Doctoral Researcher
THESys Graduate Program
Phone: +49 30 2093 66343
E-mail: fbddapilah@gmail.com