Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah holds a joint faculty appointment with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Community for Global Health Equity. As an interdisciplinary scholar, he utilizes multiple theoretical and methodological lenses to interrogate issues related to urban health, public policy, environmental governance, land tenure, and sustainable urbanism in both Global North and South countries.
His dissertation project examined how collaborative governance in the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) urban watershed is shaped by factors such as social capital, trust, social-ecological risks, access to information, and political power. He argued that these factors evince the governance of the MRG as a polycentric ecology of urban water policy games.
Dr. Frimpong Boamah’s research continues to explore the frontiers of scholarship on urban health and planning, environmental governance, and public policy in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently involved in three projects. The first project builds on his dissertation to develop an agent-based, game-theoretic model to simulate the emergence of collaborative governance networks in watershed systems. The second project also develops a game-theoretic model based on his co-authored paper, Legal Pluralism, Land Tenure and the Production of “Nomotropic Urban Spaces” in Post-colonial Accra, Ghana. The model explains “nomotropic urbanism,” a concept he and his co-author used to capture the urban informality, land tenure, and political-economic dynamics in postcolonial cities in Africa. The third project draws on theoretical constructs from schools of thought such as the Virginia (constitutional political economy) and the Bloomington (polycentric governance) schools of political economy to explore complex urban health and planning, governance, and public policy issues in postcolonial sub-Saharan Africa countries (e.g. collective action dilemmas of urban traffic pollution, urban agriculture and food networks, political decentralization and urban planning paralysis, and public finance).
Dr. Frimpong Boamah’s belief in an interdisciplinary approach to urban planning and studies, specifically, and social science research, generally, drives his research, teaching, and community service agenda. He participated in an interdisciplinary research consortium—The Adaptive Water Governance Project. This is a team of legal scholars, environmental scientists, urban planners, geographers, political scientists, and social psychology scholars funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) housed at the University of Maryland. His research has been published in international refereed journals such as Ecology and Society, Planning Theory, Transport Policy, Journal of Housing and Built Environment, and Geography Research Forum.
Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah holds a PhD in urban and public affairs (urban planning, public policy and sustainable development) from the University of Louisville.