Habitat Unit

Associated Researcher

Dr. Millicent Akaateba

Millicent Akaateba


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Millicent Awialie Akaateba is an urban development planner with affiliation to the Habitat Unit since October 2014. She is a visiting lecturer in the Wits-TUB Urban Lab project and works permanently as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Planning and Land Management of the University for Development Studies, Ghana. She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Berlin, an MSc in Transportation Planning and the Environment from the University of Leeds, UK and a BSc in Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.

Millicent's research embraces issues around institutionalized co-production and critical urbanisms, particularly the synthesis between formal and informal arrangements in urban governance in sub-Saharan Africa. For her PhD research at the Habitat Unit of the TU-Berlin, Millicent focused on state and non-state actor interactions in neo-customary land delivery and planning in peri-urban Ghana. Using the rapidly growing secondary towns of Tamale and Techiman Ghana, her thesis quizzed the potential of co-production arrangements and the 'adaptation paradigm' of land policy for inclusive and sustainable land delivery in contexts of rapid urbanization.

Prior to her employment as a lecturer at the University for Development Studies, Ghana, Millicent worked as a private planning consultant with Ablin Consult Engineers and Planners Ltd in Accra Ghana on a range of projects related to road safety, socio-economic impact assessments, resettlement planning, urban transport planning, environmental planning and pro-poor development.


2014 – 2018
Doctorate of Philosophy (Dr. phil), Technical University of Berlin
Thesis Title: " Urban Planning Practice under Neo-customary Land Tenure: The interface between Government Agencies and Traditional Authorities in Peri-Urban Ghana", supervised by Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz and Prof. Dr. Nina Gribat.

2008 – 2009
MSc. Transport Planning and the Environment
University of Leeds, UK

2003 – 2007
BSc. Planning (Hons)
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

Teaching Activities+

Planning Studio "District Development Planning Workshop I and II", FPLM, University for Development Studies.

Undergraduate teaching in Transportation Planning, Development Planning Process, Infrastructure Planning and Human Settlements Planning. BSc Planning Programme, University for Development Studies.

Seminar: "Faces of the City Seminar" Neo-customary land delivery in peri-urban Ghana: CUBES, University of the Witwatersrand

Teaching responsibilities in the following modules of the BSc Planning and MSc Development Management Programmes:
- Planning Studio: "Rural Settlement Planning Workshop I and II" (2011-2014)
- Fundamentals/Foundations of Planning(2011-2014)
- Methods and Techniques of Participatory Planning (2012-2014)
- Infrastructure Planning (2012 – 2014)
- Strategic Planning and Management (2012)
- Project Planning and Management (2012-2013)
- Transportation Planning (2012-2013)


Refereed articles

with Huang, H., and Adumpo, E. A. (2018). Between co-production and institutional hybridity in land delivery: Insights from local planning practice in peri-urban Tamale, Ghana. Land Use Policy, 72, 215-226.

with Amoh-Gyimah, R., Aidoo, E. N., and Appiah, S. K. (2017). The effect of natural and built environmental characteristics on pedestrian-vehicle crash severity in Ghana. International journal of injury control and safety promotion, 24(4), 459-468.

with Yakubu, I. and Akanbang, B. (2016). Drivers of housing development in Tamale Metropolitan District, Ghana. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift-Norwegian Journal of Geography, 70(4), 247- 258.

with Yakubu, I. and Akanbang, B.A. (2015) Correlates and barriers associated with motorcycle helmet use in Wa, Ghana. In: 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. In: Safety Science (75)

with Haung, H. (2015). Exploratory practices of post-rural urbanization in China: processes, actors and performance, at the 16th N-AERUS Conference: Dortmund.

with Akanbang, B. and Yakubu, I., (2015) Programme Implementers' Experiences of Evaluation Use in Northern Ghana. In: 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. In: Habitat International (44)

with  Amoh-Gyimah, R. and Yakubu, I. (2014) A cross-sectional observational study of helmet use among motorcyclists in Wa, Ghana. In: 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. In: 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. In: 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