Joyce Baaba Sekyi

MES Candidate


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My name is Joyce Baaba Sekyi, and I am pursuing a Master of Environmental Studies in Sustainability Management at the School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development- University of Waterloo. My research focuses on the adaptive responses of small-scale fishers in Akwidaa- Ghana to the vulnerabilities resulting from crude oil extraction. After completing my undergraduate studies in Geography, I worked in the oil and gas industry, specifically in the Sustainability and External Affairs field as a social performance advisor, where I developed an interest in issues of sustainability, community response and adaptations to social, environmental and economic changes.

My experience in the sustainability field inspired me to undertake this research to investigate the vulnerabilities of crude oil extraction on small-scale fishers in Akwidaa, a coastal community in Ghana, and to examine the adaptive responses that have been taken to respond to the identified vulnerabilities using the I-Adapt framework.

I believe that, with the support of my supervisor, Dr. Prateep Nayak, this research will not only provide knowledge on issues of vulnerabilities among fishers but also enhance policy-making decisions and social investments project plans of governments across the world as well as oil and gas companies.