Urbanus Wedaaba Azupogo

Overview

Driven by a passion for land and its potential, I blend expertise in property valuation, satellite image analysis, and geo-data management to empower entrepreneurs and communities. Shaped by my Ghanaian roots and dual degrees in Land Management & Land Governance and Kinesiology & Health Studies, my research delves into land tenure security, urbanization, WASH, water security, and art-based community engagement. My mission: innovative land management and technology solutions for strong land governance, sound health, and sustainable development. Partner with me and unlock the potential of your vision.

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Driven by a profound interest in the intricate intersection of land governance, community development, and public health, I navigate the dynamic interplay of these forces, particularly in the context of vulnerable African communities. My research delves into the multifaceted relationships between land policies and practices, and their cascading impacts on social, environmental, and public health outcomes. Through collaborative partnerships, I strive to co-create solutions that champion land tenure security, sustainable land use, and equitable access to health resources and infrastructure.

 

My published scholarship and ongoing research programs investigate a spectrum of interconnected themes, including:

  • The intricate nexus between climate change, land tenure insecurity, food security, and their multifaceted implications for community health and nutritional well-being.
  • Unearthing stakeholder perspectives on crafting inclusive land policies that promote WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) infrastructure and foster health equity for individuals with disabilities, marginalized groups, and populations facing geographic isolation.
  • Co-creating participatory research agendas for land governance in Africa, ensuring diverse voices inform future directions, particularly those of community health workers, traditional healers, and other key stakeholders working at the intersection of land and health.

Drawing upon embodiment theory and other critical frameworks within land governance, community development, and public health, my scholarship dissects the nuanced dynamics of power and inequality embedded within land policies and practices, and their subsequent influence on health determinants and disparities. My ultimate aspiration is to contribute to the development of inclusive and sustainable land policies that empower communities, solidify land tenure security, and promote equitable access to essential health resources and services across the African continent.

2021-2023 Master of Science, Kinesiology & Health Studies, Queen’s University (Canada)
2017- 2019 Master of Science, Land Governance and Policy, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana)
2012- 2016 Bachelor of Science, Land Management, University for Development Studies (Ghana)
2008- 2012 West Africa Senior High School Certificate – St. Charles Minor Seminary (Ghana)
2023 SKHS Unit REB Committee Member
Kinesiology & Health Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
2021,2022 Research Assistant to Elijah Bisung
Kinesiology & Health Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
2021, 2022 Teaching Assistant
Kinesiology & Health Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
2020 Hospitality and Real Estate Supervisor
Bayerijua Consult
2020 Tech support | E-agric Project
Cellulant | Broadspectrum Limited.
01/2018- 09/2019 Land Management Consultant
Venia Consult Limited, Wa (Ghana)
04/2018 –Present Handling Editor for the Journal of Planning and Land Management
UDS Journal of Planning and Land Management, Wa (Ghana)
2015 – Present Founder and Executive Director
Facio Innovations Technology
2018 – Present Founder and Executive Director
Azunus Realty Estate
08/2016–09/2017 Research Assistant (National Service Personnel)
University for Development Studies, Wa, Upper West Region (Ghana)

I possess extensive experience as a teaching assistant, having honed my pedagogical skills at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and the University for Development Studies in Wa, Ghana. Across diverse courses and academic levels (undergraduate and master’s), I have consistently demonstrated proficiency in:

  • Facilitating dynamic discussion sections: Fostering critical thinking and engagement through structured dialogue and probing questions.
  • Providing in-depth feedback: Offering constructive comments on student work, tailored to individual needs and aligned with course objectives.
  • Conducting effective assessments: Grading assignments and exams with rigour and fairness, upholding academic integrity.
  • Leading small group and individual tutoring: Offering personalized support to address specific challenges and enhance understanding.
  • Crafting engaging online learning experiences: Utilizing online platforms to cultivate vibrant virtual communities and interactive activities.
  • Implementing technology for enhanced learning: Employing tools like LucidSpark to design collaborative learning activities that promote active participation and knowledge co-creation.
  • Equipping students with research skills: Introducing techniques like Concept Mapping for collective decision-making and NVivo for qualitative data analysis.

My commitment to student success is unwavering. To date, I have had the privilege of empowering over 1000 students across a range of disciplines, contributing to their academic growth and intellectual development. This impact signifies the substantial value I find in fostering transformative learning experiences for diverse learners.

  1. Urbanus, W. A., Meshack, A., Florence, A. D., & Elijah, B. (2023). Health implications of coping with water insecurity at the household level. Water Security.
  2. Urbanus Wedaaba AzupogoEbenezer DassahElijah Bisung; Promoting safe and inclusive water and sanitation services for students with physical disabilities in primary schools: a concept mapping study in Ghana. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 2023; washdev2023029. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/washdev.2023.029
  3.  D. Kuusaana, U. E. Chigbu, J. K. Kidido, B. S. Biitir, J. Zevenbergen, G. B. Morenikeji & U. W. Azupogo (2021): Co-creating land governance research agenda by, for, in, and on Africa: Experience of Network of Land Governance Researchers on Africa (NELGRA), Local Development & Society, DOI: 10.1080/26883597.2021.1891840
  1. Urbanus, W. A., Meshack, A., & Florence, A. D. (2022, June 1). Health implications of water insecurity coping strategies at the household level: A scoping review. Paper presented at the CAG 2022: 72nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Virtual.
  2. Urbanus, W. A. (2023, January 11). Navigating water and sanitation environments in schools: Exploring health risk perceptions of children with physical disabilities using drawing. Paper presented at the Queen’s School of Kinesiology and Health Studies Graduate Seminar, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  3. Urbanus, W. A., & Bisung, E. (2023, March 23). Navigating water and sanitation environments in schools: Exploring health risk perceptions of children with physical disabilities using drawing. Paper presented at the AAG 2023: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Denver, CO, United States.
2022 – present; Queen’s Kaleidoscope Institute
Core Collaborator
2022 – present American Association of Geographers
Graduate Member
2022

Kingston Gets Active Ambassador

  • Promoting the Kingston Gets Active initiative and encouraging community participation
  • Collaborating with local organizations and businesses to plan and host physical activity events
  • Representing the initiative at community events and meetings
  • Assisting with the planning and execution of physical activity events.
2022

Our Cause our Aid

  • Assisting with the development and maintenance of the Ourcauseaid.com website and social media accounts
  • Assisting with the planning and execution of fundraising campaigns and events
  • Providing administrative support for the project
  • Collaborating with team members to develop and implement marketing and outreach strategies.
2021-2022

META Foundation Ghana

  • Updating and maintaining the organization’s website
  • Managing the organization’s social media accounts
  • Analyzing website and social media metrics
  • Collaborating with other team members to develop and implement a social media strategy.