Dr. Nana Amma Asante-Poku

Dr. Nana Amma Asante-Poku
Research Fellow

Nana Amma Asante-Poku is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana. Her research interests are in international trade, agricultural value chains, structural transformation, gender and development and new institutional economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Economics from the University of Ghana and a BA in Economics with Geography and Resource development, also from the University of Ghana. Nana Amma has over 5 years experience in conducting research.



  • Agriculture Value Chains
  • International trade
  • Gender and Technology
  • Structural Transformation
  • New Institutional Economics (NIE)

Asante-Poku, N.A. and van Huellen, S., 2021. ‘Commodity Exporters Vulnerabilities in times of COVID-19: The Case of Ghana.’ Canadian Journal of Development Studies. Vol. 42, Vol. 1-2, pp. 122-144.

Asante-Poku, N.A., 2017. ‘Global value chain participation and development: The Experience of Ghana’s Pineapple Export Sector.’ In: ‘Future Fragmentation Processes: Effectively Engaging with the Ascendency of Global Value Chains.’  Edited by Jodie Keane and Roland Baimbill-Johnson, Commonwealth Secretariat, UK, 2017.

  • Gender roles, work and structural transformation in a patriarchial society: Evidence from a household panel survey from Ghana. 2021 - present. IGC - Co P.I.
  •  Review of pricing mechanisms in oil palm producing countries and recommendation of a price mechanism for Ghana. 2021. Solidaridad West Africa - Lead Consultant 
  • Women and the Economy, Women in Politics Training. 2021. Friedrich Ebert Stiffung (FES) Foundation -  Trainer
  • Ghana's Competitive Potential in the AfCFTA: A Country Competitiveness and Opportunities Assessment Report. 2020. Konfidants Consulting - Advisor

Gender and Development - MA Development Studies: 2021 - present

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Development - PhD Development Studies: 2022 - present