Dzodzi Tsikata



University of Ghana
Accra, Ghana

Dzodzi Tsikata is Associate Research Professor and Director of the Institute of African Studies (IAS) at the University of Ghana where she has worked since 1991. She holds Ph.D in Social Science from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her research is in the areas of gender and development policies and practices; the politics and livelihood effects of land tenure reforms; agricultural commercialisation, agrarian change and food security; and informal labour relations and the conditions of work. She has coordinated various research projects and has many publications on these subjects. Her most recent publications include a co-guest edited (with Cheryl Doss and Gale Summerfield) special issue of Feminist Economics on Land, Gender and Food Security (2014) and an edited book (with Ruth Hall and Ian Scoones), “Africa’s Land Rush: Implications for Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Change”, published by James Currey (2015). Dzodzi teaches the advanced gender and women’s studies course in the Ph.D Development Studies Programme at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) where she was based before her appointment as Director of IAS. She is on the editorial advisory board of several journals, a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP) and Ghana’s National Development Planning Commission (NDPC). Between 2005 and 2012, Dzodzi was deputy head and then head of the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) at the University. She is the President of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.


Bio updated October 2016.