Francis Xavier Dery Tuokuu, Ph.D., is a 2019 graduate of the Doctoral Program in Environmental Studies at Antioch University, New England.
- James S. Gruber, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Jean Kayira, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Uwakiofun Idemudia, Ph.D., Committee Member
Environmental policy assessment has been recognized by critical stakeholders (e.g., governments, local communities, academics, environmental advocacy groups, and mining companies) as an effective way of identifying and dealing with the myriad of environmental problems confronting humanity, particularly those caused by mining activities. While the gold mining sector has contributed to the economies of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa since the introduction of structural adjustment programs (SAPs) in the 1980s by the Bretton Woods institutions (the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund; IMF), the sector has also contributed to environmental degradation including water pollution, land contaminations, and generally, human health concerns in host mining communities. Over the years, various policy measures, such as environmental impact assessments, environmental taxes, and corporate social responsibility guidelines, have been introduced by both past and present governments to address the environmental problems associated with gold mining. Nonetheless, none of these policy measures and series of laws according to the extant literature has been effectively implemented. From the perspectives of critical stakeholders, this dissertation explores how Ghana’s environmental policy framework in the gold mining industry can be improved to protect the environment and the citizens. Additionally, this dissertation is a collection of three distinct, yet interrelated studies, with each study employing a different methodological approach, such as systematic review method, qualitative research design and Q-methodology, to answer a specific research question or address a particular research problem. The findings and recommendations of this dissertation provide new ways of addressing environmental problems associated with gold mining in Ghana that may be applicable to other developing countries.
Tuokuu, F. (2019). Environmental Policy Assessment in the Ghanaian Gold Mining Industry: Insights from Stakeholders. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/468