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  • MAVC Inaugural Workshop - 11 August 2016
  • President Kufour visit to RIPS
  • Prof Codjoe honours Prof Aryeetey at the 5th Climate Change Conference
  • 5th Climate Change Conference Participants
  • Invited Guests of Honour at the 5th Climate Change Conference
  • Prof Aryeetey & Her Excellency Mad. Nezha Alaoui M, Hammdi
  • 5th Climate Change Conference Group Photo
  • Weather Station Equipment Setup
  • Suhum Senior High Secondary visit to RIPS
  • Prof. Aikins induction as Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences

Teaching and Research Areas

These specialised areas help the Institute to attend to the growing and changing demands in the world of population. With these specialised areas, the Institute has expanded its teaching and research programmes to cover the following:

Population and family health issues
Population, education and development
Population and social development
Population and environment issues
Population, health policy and Administration
Population and communicable diseases
Population and non-communicable diseases
Nuptiality and population growth
Survey methods and statistical computations
Climate variability and implications for human health
Climate change, migration and livelihood
Population, climate change and food security

The purpose of having the expanded teaching and programmes is to make the Institute more attractive to prospective applicants. The objective is not to duplicate programmes being run in other departments but to strengthen the population components (population growth, fertility, mortality, morbidity migration, nuptiality and household structure) as they interrelate with these disciplines.

Statistics, Research and Policy (SRP)

RIPS is at the forefront of training postgraduate population scientists and conducting research in population.  Since all research students must be conversant with survey methods and statistics for analysing population data, SRP is at the helm of affairs to champion this course.   The SRP helps to train students in the theories and methods of social statistics and to expose students to cutting edge statistical practices. The unit equips students with skills to model complex data and demographic methods and serve as experiential training for both MA and PhD students. The Unit focuses on the design and analysis of data, statistical modelling and computations as they are related to Population Studies.  The SRP contributes to the Institute’s programme of organising short courses on survey methods, data analysis, population estimation and projections aimed at other postgraduate students, faculty members from within and outside the University, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) conducting surveys. The Unit is aimed at training students for a career as applied demographers and social statisticians.

The research component seeks to diversify the Institute’s portfolio of a teaching institute to a research one but still covering the teaching areas as expected. RIPS has been conducting cutting edge research studies in the areas of fertility, migration, mortality, global health, environment, climate change, among others.

The policy component translates the research findings into policy briefs and also trains students and middle level career researchers with the skills for preparing such documents. The SRP activities are supported by faculty members with specialities to undertake interdisciplinary research in the areas of population, health, environment, climate change and adaptation, resilience and other areas of emerging issues. The SRP wing of the Institute liaises with industry to make known the research findings and serve as a link to solicit what industry needs from the Institute by way of its research agenda.

Population, Environment and Climate Change (PECC)

The environment is the most valuable resource of human population. The population-environment nexus is critical in the current population development debate with the emergence of climate change as a key development indicator. Climate variability and change affect the livelihood of people, the distribution of the population, health and mortality situation of populations. RIPS has over the years contributed to the socio-demographic and health debates related to climate change in the country. This component provides opportunities for students to understand the theories and contemporary issues related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The primary goal of this specialised area is to look at impact of climate change on human populations. The Climate Change Resource Centre at the Institute continues to provide information on climate change to the research community and the general public and serves as a resource centre that students can fall on to obtain other supporting materials.

The current and future impact of climate change on human population is critical to the cultural and social wellbeing of human beings and the environment as a whole. The discourse on climate change has gone beyond the physical science perspectives to include its social implications. PECC strives to infuse more social variables into existing models by equipping students to understand, assess and estimate the social implications of climate change on human populations. Human population is at the centre of the current discourse of climate change and that is the goal of the PECC Unit - ‘making human population the centre of climate change discourse’. The Unit further assists in promoting policies and research to enable developing country practitioners, not only to adapt to the unfolding change, but also to continue to work to mitigate its likely effects on livelihoods of human populations.    

Population and Global Health (PGH)

The 20th century has witnessed a major breakthrough in human health and wellbeing, with the average life expectancy increasing in virtually all populations. Industrialisation, medical technology, economic growth and behaviour change have contributed in part to this improvement in health.  Improved health status has led to delayed mortality across various populations, but increased the burden of chronic diseases and disabilities.  It is often assumed that morbidity and mortality rates move parallel to one another over time, thus a sustained decline in death rates could be taken as a signal of an equivalent decrease in morbidity rates.  In developing countries, including Ghana, this average rise in life expectancy and urbanisation is taking place against the background of poverty, infectious diseases, high fertility rate and economic stagnation, leading to complex pathways of health transition. 

As mortality rates improve, there is now increased desire to understand the impact of morbidity on various population sub-groups. Therefore, there is the need to take a global view of health in order to successfully address local challenges.

The population and global health component of population studies seeks to equip students with a wide range of current and emerging population health issues in both developed and developing countries. The purpose is to train population scientists to adopt various approaches to estimating population health with emphasis on important risk factors and indicators that influence health outcomes of various population sub-groups. Also, to equip students to understand and research into new confronting challenges. Issues such as the double burden of diseases, Ebola, Zika, etc and their interrelationship with human’s productivity, social security, longevity and overall health status of the population.