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Lucy Aku Gyiele

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Phone: Cellular +233 (0)20 816 8606 Lucy

Department: Ecotourism and Forest Recreation
Office: +233(0)506485794
Office Hours: 8am – 12 noon; 2pm – 5pm
Address: Dept. of Ecotourism and Forest Recreation, KNUST, Kumasi

Brief Info

Lucy is a Ghanaian. She had her first degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and a postgraduate from the Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany. She is agricultural and environmental economist.

She is easy going and believes in fairness, peace and justice. She believes study should be fun and as such organises special social programmes for students and lecturers of the Department.

She is involved in promotion of Science, Mathematics and Technology at the basic levels with special focus on girls and natural resources. To promote Science, Mathematics and Technology she has established a project “Girls in Science, Mathematics and Technology – GSMAT” which is a mentoring programme at the basic and secondary school levels. She works with the female students of the Faculty of Forest Resources Technology to execute the various activities under the project.

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Major Responsibilities

As a lecture my core responsibilities are teaching, research and service to the community. As the Head of the Department of Ecotourism and Forest Recreation, my responsibilities include:

  • To organise teaching programmes, maintain acceptable standard of teaching and ensure that adequate facilities are available for research in the various discipline within the Department.
  • Be responsible for the administration of the department, appointment and promotion of staff and discipline
  • Be responsible for recommending to the Faculty Board the development of syllabuses and courses as well as promotion of research in the Department. This is done in consultation with members of the Department.
  • To liaise with other departments, Faculties, Colleges, Institutions both nationally and internationally for promotion and development of the department.


Undergraduate Courses:

  • AGEC 152: Basic Economics for Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • SOF 158: Introduction to Sociology,
  • EFR 355: Travel and Tourism Management
  • EFR 357: Natural and Cultural Heritage of Ghana
  • SOF 351: Natural Resource Economics
  • EFR 360: Marketing and Research in Ecotourism,
  • SOF 458: Forest Economics.

 Research Interests

Lucy is agricultural and natural resource economist with special focus on gender and socio-economic issues within natural resource and environmental management. Central to her research and study are critical examinations of contemporary environmental management paradigms. 

Current Research

  • Impact of Sand-winning activities on selected communities in the Brong Ahafo Region
  • Status and Spatial distribution of Kobus kob at Shai Hills Resource Reserve
  • Impact of climate change on Ecotourism development in Ghana

 Appointments/Employment Records & Positions Held

  • February 2006 to July 2013. Lecturer, Faculty of Forest Resources and Technology, KNUST, Sunyani
  • September 2004 to February 2006. Lecturer, Department of Agriculture Economics and Farm Management, KNUST, Kumasi.
  • Research Assistant, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Ghana Office, c/o KNUST, Kumasi, April 2000 – 2003.
  • Assistant to the Research Co-ordinator, International Board for Soil Research and Management (IBSRAM), Africa Regional Office, Kumasi, November 1997- March 2000
  • Teaching: National Service Personnel, Roman Catholic Boys Primary School, Ho, Volta Region, Ghana, 1983-84

Community Service

  • Member of Scientific Committee of Mole National Park Research Centre, July 2013 to date

Curriculum development (Ecotourism, Hospitality and Wildlife Department) for University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) – Chairperson. 2013

  • 2013 Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Africa Regional Conference Planning Committee – Vice Chairperson
  • Academic Board, UENR – Member (2012-2013 Academic Year)
  • Faculty Board, UENR – Member (2012-2013 Academic Year)
  • Department of Ecotourism, Hospitality and Wildlife (UENR) – Head (2012-2013 Academic Year)
  • Sandwich Coordinating Committee (FFRT) – Member (2011-2014)
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Board, KNUST - Member.
  • Faculty Board, FFRT-KNUST – Member.
  • Students Industrial Attachment Committee, FFRT – Member (2011 –Date)
  • Team Leader for APERL End-of-Project Survey and Report Writing
  • Acting Dean for the Faculty on KNUST campus, January
  • Patroness for UENR Pax Romana, Sunyani.
  • August 2010 to date: Head of Department of Ecotourism and Forest Recreation
  • August 2006 to December 2010: Hall Warden, Mahogany Hall, FFRT – Sunyani
  • August 2009 to 2011: Chairperson, Health Committee.
  • June 2006 to February 2014: Team member of Agroforestry practices to enhance rural poor livelihoods (APERL), CIDA funded project.
  • September 2008 to September 2010: Team member of Village Mango Project. A collaborative project between Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and FFRT-KNUST. Ghana Government funded project.