Habitat Unit

Doctoral Candidate

Millicent Akaateba

Millicent Akaateba


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Curriculum Vitae

Millicent Awialie Akaateba commenced her doctoral study at the Habitat Unit, TU-Berlin, in October 2014. She studied Development Planning for her Bachelors and thus holds a BSc in Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. In 2009, she obtained a Masters of Science in Transport Planning and the Environment from the University of Leeds, UK.

Millicent's doctoral research focuses on issues of peri-urbanization, land governance, urban planning practice, and 'neo-customary' land delivery systems. It specifically explores the conflicting interface between urban planning practices and 'neo-customary' land delivery systems in peri-urban Ghana. In an era of increasing commodification of customary lands, the study focuses on the actors and processes involved in the conversion of peri-urban land to urban use on the one hand and formal attempts to regulate land use based on colonial imported urban planning practices on the other hand.

Prior to enrolling for her doctoral studies at the TU-Berlin, Millicent worked as a Lecturer at the Department of Planning and Management of the University for Development Studies, Ghana and is currently on study leave. Her general research interests cover issues relating to participatory planning, urban informality, development policy and planning issues and road transport safety in sub-Saharan Africa.


Since 2014
Doctoral Dissertation, TU Berlin

2008 – 2009
Master of Science in Transport Planning and the Environment (M.Sc.), University of Leeds, UK

2003 – 2007
Bachelor of Science in Planning (B. Sc.), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Employment History+

Since 2014
Department of Planning and Management, University for Development Studies, Ghana

2011 – 2014
Assistant Lecturer
Department of Planning and Management, University for Development Studies, Ghana

2010 – 2011
Urban Development/Transport Planner
Ablin Consult Planning and Engineering Ltd., Accra, Ghana

2007 – 2008
Teaching and Research Assistant
Department of Planning, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana


Refereed articles

with Huang Huang (2017) Exploratory Practices for Post-Rural Urbanisation in China - Processes, Actors, and Performance. Trialog 122.

with Yakubu, I. and Akanbang, B.A. (2015) Correlates and barriers associated with motorcycle helmet use in Wa, Ghana. Traffic injury prevention (Accepted version online).

with Amoh-Gyimah, R. and Amponsah, O., (2015) Traffic safety violations in relation to drivers' educational attainment, training and experience in Kumasi, Ghana. Safety Science (75).

with Akanbang, B. and Yakubu, I., (2015) Programme Implementers' Experiences of Evaluation Use in Northern Ghana. Annals of Humanities and Development Studies (6).

with Yakubu, I. and Akanbang, B.A. (2014) A study of housing conditions and characteristics in the Tamale metropolitan area, Ghana. Habitat International (44).

with  Amoh-Gyimah, R. and Yakubu, I. (2014) A cross-sectional observational study of helmet use among motorcyclists in Wa, Ghana. Accident Analysis & Prevention (64).

with Amoh-Gyimah, R. (2013) Driver Attitude towards Traffic Safety Violations and Risk Taking Behaviour in Kumasi: The Gender and Age Dimension. International Journal for Traffic and Transport Engineering (3).


Conference proceedings

with Agyekum, P. (2011) Employment Intensive Schemes for the Youth. Lessons from Ghana's National Youth Employment Programme and the KaziKwaYijana Youth Employment Programme in Kenya. Proceedings of the 14th ILO Regional Seminar for Labour Based Practitioners. Accra International Conference Centre.

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships+

2014 – 2017
DAAD- Government Scholarship Ghana (MoE)
awarded for a doctoral study at the Habitat Unit, TU-Berlin

2008 – 2009
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
awarded to persue a masters programme in Transport Planning and the Environment at the University of Leeds