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Dr. David Oscar Yawson is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, with over ten years of experience. He has academic qualifications and practical experience in agriculture, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and environmental science. He has taught at both graduate and undergraduate levels in universities in Ghana and as a visiting lecturer at the Pan-African University for Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) in Algeria. He has also had short-term teaching and consultancy experience in the UK. Dr Yawson has provided research, advisory and consultancy services to the Government of Ghana and other national or local organizations, as well as international development organizations.


• Hydrology
• Geo-Informatics
• Measurement and Analysis
Research interests and achievements Dr Yawson’s research revolves around bio-sensitive land resources management, use and policy.  This work focuses on transformative impacts of land, soil and water management, use and policies on biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human health. Dr Yawson is also interested in soil security and issues in the mega nexus of soil-water-food security. Dr Yawson and colleagues developed a framework for soil security that helps address critical and pervasive threats to soil stocks at varying scales.
Notable publications Yawson DO, Kudu IBY, Adu MO (2018). Soil-transmitted helminths in top soils used for horticultural purposes in Cape Coast, Ghana. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2018, 1-5. DOI:10.1155/2018/5847439

Adu MO, Yawson DO, Armah FA, Asare PA, Frimpong KA (2018). Meta-analysis of crop yields of full, deficit, and partial root-zone drying irrigation. Agricultural Water Management 1197, 79-90. 

Yawson DO, Mulholland BJ, Ball T, Adu MO, Mohan S, White PJ (2017). Effect of climate and agricultural land use changes on UK feed barley production and food security to the 2050s. Land 6(74), pp.14. DOI: 10.3390/land6040074.

Armah FA, Paintsil A, Yawson DO, Adu MO, Odoi JO (2017). Modelling spatio-temporal heterogeneities in groundwater quality in Ghana: a multivariate chemometric approach. Journal of Water and Health 15(5). DOI: 10.2166/wh.2017.244

Yawson DO, Adu MO, Ason B, Armah FA, Yengoh GT (2016). Putting soil security on the policy agenda: need for a familiar framework. Challenges 2016, 7, 15. DOI: 10.3390/challe7020015.

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Dr. David Oscar Yawson
• CERMES Director
• Senior Lecturer - Environmental Management

B.Sc. (University of Cape Coast)
M.Sc. (Wageningen University)
Ph.D. (University of Dundee)

Phone: (246)-417-4830
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