PhD defence by Dennis Penu

Regional Reorganisation, Communal Context and Conflicts in Ghana
PhD student
Dennis Penu
Tuesday 16 Aug 2022, 16:00 - 17:30
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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Dennis Penu

On 16 August 2022, Dennis Penu will defend this PhD thesis looking at the social conflict outcomes of the 2018 regional reorganization in Ghana.

His focus is on a referendum held in 2018 which mandated the creation of six new subnational regions. He notes that the referendum process unfolded in either conflict or cooperation, with campaigns in some areas progressing without incident but violent clashes in others.

In his thesis, Penu investigates this contrast, basing his analysis on the social, political, cultural and economic content of Ghanaian society.

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Doctoral Board


Professor Inge Hutter

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Wil Hout
Dr Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits

Members of the Full Doctoral Committee

Professor Lauren MacLean, Indiana University
Professor Joseph Ayee, University of Ghana
Professor Christof Hartmann, University of Duisburg-Essen
Dr Lasse Gerrits, Institute of Housing Studies
Dr Sylvia Bergh, ISS

More information

The ceremony will begin promptly at 16.00 hrs in the Aula of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

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