Dr. Adelina Mensah is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), University of Ghana (UG). Her interdisciplinary research activities on environmental issues emphasize the human dimensions that impact on the management and sustainability of ecosystems (https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=wLG5P3IAAAAJ). Before transferring to the IESS, she lectured at the Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences (UG) for 10 years where her focus was on the inter-linkages between land-use and environmental change for inland and coastal aquatic systems. Her current areas of interest include research and innovation in science and technology for promoting sustainable futures. Her teaching, research and outreach activities cover Aquatic Resource Management, Climate Change, Coastal Zone Management, Environmental Science, Limnology, Science Policy Interface and Sustainability Science.
Dr. Mensah has worked extensively with a number of national institutions (e.g., the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, the National Development Planning Commission, and the National Disaster Management Organisation) as well as international agencies (e.g., FAO, START, UNDP, UNEP, WHO, and World Bank) on a range of climate change and environment related projects. Many of these projects have involved transdisciplinary approaches that assess the roles of socio-economic parameters in climate change adaptation, mitigation and environmental management for identifying sustainable development pathways. These projects have prioritized research for impact processes that transform knowledge into acceptable and sustainable applications at both local and national levels. These experiences have contributed to her role in facilitating the development of a number of key national policies such as the National Climate Change Policy (2014) and its Implementation Plan (2015-2020), and currently the National Biodiversity Policy and its Implementation Plan, the Environmental Management Plan for the Oil and Gas Industry, and the draft Policy for One Health in Ghana.