Elias Danyi Kuusaana

Editorial Secretary
  • Position: Lecturer and Researcher
  • Department: Real Estate and Land Management
  • Telephone: +233507122125/+233243955047
  • Email: ekuusaana@uds.edu.gh
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1. Kuusaana, E.D. (2017). Winners and Losers in Large-scale Land Transactions in Ghana – Opportunities for win-in outcomes. African Review of Economics and Finance, 9 (1): 62-95. Available at: https://journals.co.za/content/journal/10520/EJC-716b5bc87

2. Adzi-tay, A., Asante, L.A., and Kuusaana, E.D (2017). Contested Space, Commercial-driven Land Use Transition and Adaptive Livelihood Strategies: A Case Study of Yeji. Journal of Geography and Development, 1(1):1-22 Available at: https://jogad.knust.edu.gh/journapps/index.php/geog/article/view/3

3. Abedi, L.A; Quansah, P.O.D; Ayitey, J.Z; Kuusaana, E.D (2017). The Practice of Defect Liability Period in the Real Estate Industry in Ghana. SAGE Open 7(3): 1-15 · Available at: DOI: 10.1177/2158244017727038.

4. Obeng M.K., Kuusaana, E.D. and Kidido, J.K. (2016). Legal Implications of Allocation Papers in Land Transactions in Ghana- A Case Study of the Kumasi Traditional Area, Land Use Policy Volume 50, January 2016, pp. 148–155. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837715002860

5. Abukari, Z, van der Molen, P., Bennett, R.M., Kuusaana, E.D (2016). Land Consolidation, Customary lands, and Ghana’s Northern Savannah Ecological Zone: An evaluation of the possibilities and pitfalls. Land Use Policy 54 (2016), pp. 386–398. Available at: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1SgnnyDvM0DVG
6. Mabe, J.B and Kuusaana, E.D. (2016). Property taxation and its revenue utilisation for urban infrastructure and services in Ghana: Evidence from Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis, Property Management, Vol. 34 Iss: 4, pp.297 – 315.

7. Kuusaana, E.D. (2016). Winners and Losers in Large-scale Land Transactions in Ghana – Opportunities for win-in outcomes. Paper prepared for presentation at the “2016 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, The World Bank – Washington DC, March 14-18, 2016.

8. Kuusaana, E.D. and Bukari, N. K. (2015). Land Conflicts between Smallholders and Fulani Pastoralists in Ghana: Case of the Asante-Akim North District (AAND). Journal of Rural Studies, Volume 42, December 2015, pp. 52–62. Available at:

9. Kidido, J.K; Ayitey, J.Z; Gavu, E.K; and Kuusaana, E.D. (2015). Who is the Rightful Recipient of Mining Compensation for Land Use Deprivation in Ghana? – Journal of Resources Policy 43 (2015): pp. 19-27. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301420714000713

10. Kuusaana, E. D. and Eledi, J.A. (2015). Customary Land Allocation, Urbanisation and Land Use Planning in Ghana: Implications for Food Systems in the Wa Municipality. Forthcoming in Land Use Policy, Volume 48, November 2015: pp. 454-466. Available at:

11. Kuusaana, E.D and Eledi, J.A. (2015). As the City Grows, Where do the Farmers go? Urbanisation and Food Systems in Ghana – Case of the Tamale Metropolis. Urban Forum, July 2015: 26(4): pp. 443-465. Available at:

12. Kuusaana, E.D. (2015). Property rating potentials and hurdles: What can be done to boost property rating in Ghana? Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, Issue 16/17, June 2015: pp 207-227. Available at:

13. Kuusaana, E.D. and Gerber, N. (2015). Institutional Synergies in Customary Land Markets – Selected Case Studies of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions (LSLAs) in Ghana. Land 2015, 4(3), pp. 842-868; Available at: http://www.mdpi.com/2073-445X/4/3/842

14. Sikder, S.K; Asadzadeh, A; Kuusaana, E.D; Mallick, B and Koetter, T. (2015). Stakeholders Participation for Urban Climate Resilience: A Case of Informal Settlements Regulation in Khulna City, Bangladesh, Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis, Vol. 7, pp.5-20.

15. Tuokuu, F.X.D and Kuusaana, E.D (2015). Escaping the oil curse in Ghana: Lessons from Nigeria. International Journal of Business and Social Science, Volume 6, No. 11(1): pp. 28-39, November 2015.


16. Kidido, J. K and Kuusaana, E.D (2014). Access to Land Resources and Emerging Issues from the Customary Perspective: A Study of Bassari Communities in the Northern Region of Ghana –. Environmental Management and Sustainable Development2014, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 25-45. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/emsd.v3i1.4635
17. Eledi, J. A and Kuusaana, E.D (2014). Uncontrolled Urbanisation in Ghana: A Concern for Food Systems in the Wa Municipality. Journal of Sustainable Development Studies Volume 6, Number 2, 2014, pp. 260-293.

18. Kidido, J.K and Kuusaana, E.D (2014). Large-Scale Investment in Biofuel Feedstock Production and Emerging Land Issues in Ghana. Journal of Social Science Studies, 2014, Vol. 1, No. 2., pp. 163-176. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/jsss.v1i2.5114

19. Kuusaana, E.D., Kidido, J.K and Halidu-Adam, E (2013). Customary Land Ownership and Gender Disparity – Evidence from the Wa Municipality in Ghana – Journal for Development Studies, Volume 10, Number 1-2, pp. 63-80. Available at: http://www.ajol.info/index.php/gjds/article/view/115786

20. Kuusaana, E.D. (2013). Adopting the Core Cadastral Domain Model (CCDM) Will Change the Effectiveness of Land Information Infrastructure Positively –The Ghana Surveyor Journal, Vol 5 (1), 2013, pp. 29-43.

21. Ayitey, J.Z., Kuusaana, E.D and Kidido, J.K (2013). Potential and Hurdles in Property Rating in Ghana: Evidence from the Wa Municipality -– The Ghana Surveyor Journal, Vol 5 (1), 2013, pp. 1-13.

22. Kuusaana, E.D; Kidido, J.K; Appiah, M.N; Mireku, O.K (2013). Alternative Dispute Resolution by Chiefs and Tendamba: A Case Study Of Kumasi and Wa Traditional Areas – – The Surveyor Journal, Vol 5(1), pp. 14-27.


23. Kuusaana, E.D; Ayitey, Z.J, and Kidido, J.K (2012). Property rates Revenue Mobilisation and Good Governance in Ghana – Evidence from the Wa Municipality. Journal of Local Government Studies, Vol 4 (1), pp. 1-24.

Land Tenure, Land Markets, Gender Land Access, Property Taxation, Land Conflicts, Land Policy, Land Registration, Land Use Planning, Land Law, Urban food systems, urbanisation, agro-investments, and land access.
Elias Danyi Kuusaana is a Lecturer in Land Management and Land Tenure at the University for Development Studies, Wa – Ghana where is teaches customary land law, land use planning, land administration, land policy, and compulsory acquisition and compensation. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Science from the University of Bonn, Germany; MSc. in Land Management and Land Tenure from the Technical University of Munich, Germany and BSc. in Land Economy from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He has over the years built his competencies around land tenure research and has particularly published on land tenure and gender disparity, land dispute resolutions touching on customary tenure systems with family land resources. He has over 20 peer-reviewed research papers published in top journals including: Land Use Policy, Rural Studies, Resources Policy, Urban Forum, Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, Journal for Development Studies among others. He is a professional member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors as Valuation and Estate Surveyor since 2016, and an academic affiliate of the African Urban Planning Research Network (AUPRN), Ghana Association of Writers and African Property Tax Initiative (APTI).

  • Member, Ghana Institution of Surveyors  (MGhIS)
  • African Urban Planning Research Network (AUPRN)
  • Ghana Association of Writers