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Imogen Bellwood-Howard

Research Fellow

Imogen’s research focuses on food systems and human-environment interactions and she has worked extensively in West African urban and rural agricultural settings. Her current research interests include sustainable and low-input agricultural practices, city region food systems and rural-urban linkages, informal urban and rural food markets, and the application of circular economy ideas to food systems.

Her recent work has addressed agricultural commercialisation and water resource use, urban agriculture, agroecology, the African Green Revolution, and knowledge construction between farmers, researchers and extension agents. Imogen’s interdisciplinary research approach draws on environmental geography, with influences from agroecology, socioecological systems thinking, science and technology studies, political ecology and practice theory. As an interdisciplinary researcher, she uses qualitative as well as quantitative and participatory methods.

Throughout her work, Imogen has been dedicated to dissemination and stakeholder engagement, for example by facilitating policy dialogue processes on agriculture in West African cities. With local partners, she has made several Ghanaian-language training, documentary and feature films on agricultural themes, exploring the crossover between dissemination and popular culture. Her more recent research explores the role of the arts in environmental policy communication.

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Urbanisation in Africa and China

As African countries experience rapid urbanisation, there is a need to ensure that this process is well managed, and underpinned by strong public policy and social governance, to support economic development and social welfare. China has much to share from its experience of rapid...


Ghana Development Hub

The Ghana Development Hub, part of the IDS International Initiatives, provides focus in a geography at the leading edge of development thinking and practice due to accelerating environmental, economic, pollical and social change. It recognises that tackling challenges such as climate change,...



Philanthropy and academic research in West Africa

Partners from the Ghana Development Studies Hub convened by IDS co-hosted a webinar with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research at the University for Development Studies, Ghana, on ‘Exploring the Role of Philanthropy in Development Research’. It aimed to explore the connections...

9 November 2021



Country Reviews of Social Assistance in Crises: A Compendium of Rapid Assessments of the Nexus Between Social Protection and Humanitarian Assistance in Crisis Settings

This collection brings together brief overviews of the social assistance landscape in eight fragile and conflict-affected settings in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. These overviews were prepared as part of Better...

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Carolina Szyp & 11 others

24 June 2021

Working Paper

Children’s Harmful Work in Ghana’s Lake Volta Fisheries: Research Needed to Move Beyond Discourses of Child Trafficking

ACHA Working Paper 5

Children work throughout the Lake Volta fisheries value chain. It is commonly assumed most have been trafficked. Research and advocacy has focused on dangers to young boys harvesting fish, and poverty as a driver, precluding attention to harms experienced by non-trafficked children, girls’...

14 December 2020

Imogen Bellwood-Howard’s recent work


Activists and policy makers explore the role of art in development

Citizen Voice, a project exploring the potential role of the arts in dialogues between environmental activists and policy actors in West Africa, has this week released a song co-created by activists, civil society representatives and policy actors in...

2 March 2022

Past Event

What are the priorities for realising SDG 6.2 in Ghana?

How are we doing on SDG-6 to ensure safely managed sanitation for all in Ghana? Where is progress being made, and how is this being achieved? What challenges remain? How can we accelerate efforts and reach those most in need? This webinar brings together academics, policy actors and...

20 January 2022