Alex Osei-Kojo







I am a public policy scholar specializing in environmental/energy policy and natural resource policy, in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the United States (US). Focusing on these substantive policy areas, my research agenda is to understand how policy actor’s and institution’s (rules) interactions influence outcomes. While ideas and concepts from the fields of public policy , political science, and public management  shape my research, I generally situate my analysis  within policy process theories and apply diverse qualitative and quantitative methods to collect and interpret data.

My current project seeks to answer three research questions on oil and gas governance in Ghana: (1) What is the structure of advocacy coalitions in Ghana’s oil and gas policy subsystem? (2) What diverse policy actors occupy the core and periphery positions of Ghana’s oil and gas institutional landscape? (3) How do policy actors influence policy change in Ghana’s oil and gas policy subsystem? Guided by the Advocacy Coalition Framework and Institutional Analysis and Framework, I use interview data from key policy actors in the oil and gas industry, text analysis from major news media outlets, and content-coding of oil and gas legislation to answer these questions.

A native of Ghana, I am currently a PhD candidate at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. I previously taught undergraduate public policy and administration courses at the University of Ghana Business School. Besides participating in several local and international academic conferences and workshops, I have published in international peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, Public Organization Review, and Environment, Development and Sustainability. I have also received various awards, including the Public Administration Theory Network (PATNet) Fellowship (2019), the Equity and Inclusion Fellowship (2018), and the International Young Scholars’ Fellowship (2018). I serve on the Student Activities Committee of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). For leisure, I listen to classical music and hymns.

I aspire to be a scholarly authority in environmental/energy policy and natural resource policy in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), using my expertise and knowledge to influence policies that will improve the lives of people in the region. Furthermore, I seek to empower youths through leadership training and service and advise government and business organizations.