Dr. Paul Ofei-Manu is currently Manager of Education in the Programme Management Office at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). He joined IGES in 2011. With over 10 years of sustainability (education, policy and management) research and teaching experience, Paul has been fully involved in education related work (research, outreach, networking and periodic teaching) as well as capacity development research in IGES. His works include: 1) learning cities, social learning and collaborative governance, 2) quality education for sustainable development (QESD), 3) assessment of disaster risk reduction (DRR) capacity (of Japan), 4) multi-country ESD learning performance and assessments, 5) multi-country ESC capacity assessments, 6) The US Environmental Education Act and EE implementation in the US, 7) multi-country level evaluation of climate change adaptation and DRR projects, their linkages and synergies in Asia and Africa, and 8) Global/regional evaluation of selected UNESCO ESD projects implemented during the Decade of ESD. Paul is a sustainability professional/consultant and belongs to several academic and professional sustainability-linked societies. He is also a Member of the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) Advisory Board.
He was a researcher of sustainability at Miyagi National University of Education (MUE) in Sendai (2010-2014), having served previously as a guest lecturer for two years. Concurrent with independent research, he was a language instructor in several elementary, junior high and high schools in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Paul was also a Senior Research/Teaching Assistant at the University of Ghana Agricultural Research Centre at Kade, Ghana.
Research Topics & Areas of Expertise
Current Research Topics: Education/Learning for Sustainable Development (ESD); Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and ESD/SD Indicators; Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC); Education/Learning for Sustainable Lifestyles/Consumption; Social Learning; Education & Adaptive Capacity/Resilience Building; Capacity Development/Assessment; Quality education and SDGs; DRR-CC Adaptation linkages; DRR education/learning.
Other Areas of Expertise:
1. Corporate Sustainability Management.;
2. Food /Agro-production systems;
3. Resilience and Socio-ecological systems;
4. Ecological restoration (Metal toxicity & tolerance, Phytoremediation).
1 Practitioner (PIEMA), Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, UK.
2. Ph.D. Agricultural Sciences (Science of Biotic Environment), UGAS, Iwate University, Japan;
3. MSc Sustainability & Environmental Management, Staffordshire University, UK;
4. MSc Agricultural Science (Bioenvironmental Science), Yamagata University, Japan;
5. BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science (Crop Science), University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana.