Eric Tamatey Lawer

Eric Tamatey Lawer is a Research Fellow in the Societies and Cultures Section of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He holds a Ph.D. (magna cum laude) in Social Science from the University of Bremen, Germany (2020). Before then, he was awarded an M.Phil. in Development Studies (2012) by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a BA in Geography with Political Science (2008) with First Class Honours by the University of Ghana. As an interdisciplinary scientist, his research focuses broadly on the intersections between local and international development issues, the environment, and politics.

Eric’s research areas include environmental governance and sustainable development; including the emerging blue economy, sustainable ports and coasts, and issues of political ecology. Other areas of expertise are extractive sector governance and policy mobilities. Over the last five years, he has conducted research on sustainability transitions in European and West African seaports. His current research projects include: analysing barriers to the uptake of renewable energy initiatives and energy transition issues more broadly in West African ports and understanding how local institutions and politics shape access to marine resources (oil, gas, fisheries) and related benefit streams in Ghana’s western region. He is the coordinator of the Humanities Across Borders programme of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in the University of Ghana, Accra. Contact E-mail:

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