Dr Nana Osei Bonsu

Dr Nana Osei Bonsu

Business School
Research Fellow (Responsible Business - Sustainability)

Contact details

Address
Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business
Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT

Interest in policy and governance dynamics of change in human and natural systems. Mixed academic and industrial background, - with experience, engaging high-level and diverse stakeholder groups, including local politicians on sustainability related issues.

Background experience on Place Making and Sustainability related policies and projects tackling Air Quality and Climate Change related issues. Other professional experience include policy work on projects dealing with planning permission (in the UK) and Green Building Certifications/BREEAM requirements.

Interest in applying Social and Future Sciences research methods, that are useful to influence policy and decision-making towards the promotion of  sustainable futures, - which is understood as being economically efficient, socio-ecological secure, fair, and culturally representative of our world society.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Land-Use & Sustainable Forestry Research, 2016, University College of Dublin
  • MSc. Environmental Resource & Sustainable Management, 2010, University College of Dublin
  • BSc. Environmental, Health & Safety Management, 2008, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • PGC in Managing Development, Open University
  • Postgraduate Study: Environment Decision-Making Process, Open University
  • Postgraduate Study: Occupational, Health & Safety Management, Open University
  • Sciences - Laboratory Technology, University of Cape Coast, GH, 1999 

Biography

Dr Nana Osei Bonsu is a research fellow at Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business at the Birmingham Business School.

His professional and research interest relates to sustainability policy and governance, exploring the linkages among diverse local, regional and global priorities for policy and socio-ecological change required towards sustainable futures. He examines Sustainable Development Goals, with links to: Sustainable Transportation, Land-Use Ecosystem Governance initiatives such as Sustainable Forest Management and Biodiversity Protection.

Nana’s background include contributing to research projects funded by the European Commission to achieve more coherent processes for integrated forest and land-use management policy formulation. His approaches range from locally focused case studies exploring cross-institutional and cross-boundary interfaces. Recent interdisciplinary and published research include the examination of societal conflicting demands on Land-Use Ecosystem Services, and the role of Integrated Land-Use Planning towards multi-stakeholder desired outcomes.

His work at Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business at the Birmingham Business School includes emphasis on businesses integration of Global Value Chains on society, focusing on Britain’s policy vison towards low-carbon economy and zero emission vehicles.

Before joining Birmingham University, Nana worked for Surrey County Council, London Borough of Hounslow and London Councils where he worked on Infrastructure, Transport, Environment-Health related policy and projects. Prior to that, Nana spent four years at the University College of Dublin, School of Agricultural and Food Science where he worked as Research Scientist on EU FP-7 funded large-scale collaborative research project INTEGRAL. He has conducted research and applied work in multi-stakeholder processes and participatory scenarios development.

Previous postgraduate research looked into environmental sustainability practices amongst Small Medium Enterprises, and the scope of improvement in Ireland. Within the private sector (both in Europe and Africa), Nana has worked with businesses, including, multi-nationals, to review and implement Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety management systems - towards ISO standards certifications. Past professional experience include working as a Production Engineer with Union Espanola de Explosivos, GH (currently MAXAM, GH), - responsible for explosives and blasting solutions for Mining, Quarrying and Construction applications. 

Teaching

  • Challenge Lead: Responsible Business Practices – The Birmingham Project, 2018.
  • Previous tutoring experience at University College of Dublin, with topics including: Global Environmental Change and Agriculture; Professional Communications and Information Skills and Computer Applications.

Research

Research interests

  • Sustainable Business Practices
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Land-Use Planning & Governance
  • Natural Resources Conflicts & Management
  • Sustainable Forest Management
  • Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals
  • Biodiversity & Conservation Management
  • Circular Economy

Current projects

I am currently working on a study that aim to explore Britain's’ Low-Carbon Economy and Zero Emission Vehicles Global Value Chain Sustainability.

Other activities

  • Pro Bono professional and academic services for external bodies
  • Editor of the journal,  Forest Policy and Economics
  • Reviewer, Futures Journal, Journal of Sustainable Forestry etc.
  • Membership with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and appointed member of CIEH Air Quality Panel, - tasked with advising/influencing UK’s government policy around combating air pollution. 

Publications

Bonsu et al. (2017). Evaluating the use of an Integrated Land-Use Planning Approach in addressing Ecosystems Conflicting Demands: Experience from an Irish Forest Landscape (Journal of Futures) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2016.08.004

Bonsu et.al (2015).  Understanding Forest Resource Conflicts in Ireland: A Case Study Approach (Journal of Land Use Policy) www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S026483771500352X