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Kofi Akamani

Kofi Akamani, Assistant Professor

Environmental Resources and Policy - Forestry

Kofi Akamani is an Assistant Professor of Forest Recreation and Conservation Social Science in the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University. He received his Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. His interdisciplinary teaching and research agenda involves the integration of concepts from social-ecological systems research, rural sociology, and common pool resources among others with the aim of gaining a theoretical understanding of human-environment interactions across multiple scales from the local to the global, and informing policies that promote human well-being and ecosystem health across the rural urban continuum. He is particularly interested in understanding and enhancing the resilience of rural resource-dependent communities and the adaptive governance of forests, land and water resources in Ghana and the US.

Special Interests

Human dimensions of natural resource management; Resource-dependent community sustainability; International protected areas and conservation policy; Nature-based tourism and recreation planning; Resilience and vulnerability in rural and urban settlements; Adaptive governance of forests, land, and water resources; Natural resource collaboration and conflict management; Natural resource planning and policy analysis; Interdisciplinary research; Mixed methods research


  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management (Graduate, classroom)
  • Forest Resources Administration and Policy (Undergraduate, classroom and online)
  • Social Influences in Forestry (Undergraduate, classroom and online)
  • Recreation Land Use Planning (Undergraduate, classroom)
  • Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development (Undergraduate, classroom)


  • PhD. Natural Resources: University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, U.S.A. (05-2011)
  • MPhil. Culture, Environment and Sustainability: University of Oslo, Norway (06-2006)
  • BSc. Planning: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kusmasi, Ghana (07-2003)

Recent Publications And Awards

  • Akamani, K., & Holzmueller, E. J. (2017). Socio-economic and policy considerations in the adoption of agroforestry systems: An ecosystem-based adaptive governance approach. In Dagar, J. C., & Tewari, V. P. (eds.), Agrofrostry: An anecdote to modern science. Springer International Publishing (In press).
  • Akamani, K. (2016). Adaptive water governance: Integrating the human dimensions into water resource governance. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, 158, 2-18.
  • Akamani, K. (2016). Resilience, adaptive governance and agroforestry in a world of uncertainty. In Dagar, J. C., & Tewari, J. C. (eds.), Agroforestry research developments. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 546-559.
  • Akamani, K. (2016). Toward ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in West Africa: The potential contributions of non-governmental organizations. In Yaro, J. A., & Hesselberg, J. (eds.), Adaptation to climate change and variability in West Africa. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 191-213.
  • Akamani, K. (2016). Using adaptive governance to enhance transitions toward sustainable and resilient energy systems. Journal of Social Sciences, 49(3), 183-194.
  • Akamani, K., Holzmueller, E., & Groninger, J. W. (2016). Managing wicked environmental problems as complex social-ecological systems: The promise of adaptive governance. In Melesse, A. & Abtew, W. (eds.), Landscape dynamics, soil and hydrological processes in varied climates. Springer Geography, pp. 741-762.   
  • Behnken, J., Groninger, J. W., & Akamani, K. (2016). Institutional constraints to collaborative ecosystem management within a wetlands conservation partnership. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, 158, 19-33.
  • Floress, K., Akamani, K., Halvorsen, K. E., Kozich, A., & Davenport, M.  (2015). The role of social science in successfully implementing watershed management strategies. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, 154, 85-105.
  • Akamani, K., Wilson, I. P. & Hall, E. T. (2015). Barriers to collaborative forest management and implications for building the resilience of forest-dependent communities in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Journal of Environmental Management, 151, 11-21.
  • Akamani, K., & Hall, E. T. (2015). Determinants of the process and outcomes of household participation in collaborative forest management in Ghana: A quantitative test of a community resilience model. Journal of Environmental Management, 147, 1-11.
  • Akamani, K. (2014). Building social-ecological resilience through adaptive co-management in the Cache River Watershed of Southern Illinois. In Groninger, J. W., Holzmueller, E. J., Nielsen, C. K. & Dey, D. C. (Eds.), Proceedings the 19th Central Hardwood Forest Conference. USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. General Technical Report NRS-P-142.
  • Akamani, K. (2014). Beyond panaceas in land tenure systems in Ghana: Insights from resilience and adaptive governance of social-ecological systems. In Asuelime, L., Yaro, A. J. & Francis, S. (Eds.), Selected themes in African development studies: Economic growth, governance and the environment, Volume II. New York: Springer.
  • Akamani, K. (2014). Challenges in the transition toward adaptive water governance. In Imtaez, M. A. (Ed.), Water conservation: Practices, challenges and future implications. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Akamani, K. (2013). Transitions toward adaptive water governance: The case of the Cache River watershed in Southern Illinois, U.S.A. In Daniels, J. A. (Ed.), Advances in Environmental Research: Volume 28. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Akamani, K. (2012). A community resilience framework for understanding and assessing the sustainability of forest-dependent communities. Human Ecology Review, 19(2), 99-109.
  • Akamani, K., & Wilson, I. P. (2011). Toward the adaptive governance of transboundary water resources. Conservation Letters, 4(6), 409-416.
Kofi Akamani

Office: Agriculture Building, Room 194-B
Phone: 618 | 453-7464