World Social Science Fellow elected into the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences


World Social Science Fellow Franklin Obeng-Odoom, a researcher on sustainable urbanization, whose work cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms, has been elected into the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences last month, becoming one of the youngest to be elected since the academy was established in 1959.

The first of its kind in postcolonial Africa, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences was established by an Act of Parliament on the initiative of Ghana’s first Prime Minister, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. At its founding, the goals, aims, and objectives of the Ghana Academy of Learning were to promote the study, extension, and dissemination of knowledge of the arts and sciences, to establish and maintain proper standards of endeavour in the fields of the arts and sciences in Ghana, and to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of the arts and sciences.

Election to the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences is highly prestigious. Other fellows include the former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.