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Dr Kwadwo Adusei-Asante

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2848, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO4.102
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2848
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.102  


Kwadwo is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science at the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • CSV3114 - Social Research and Program Evaluation
  • CSV3105 - Gender Issues: Terms and Debates
  • CSV2111 - Community Development
  • CSV1203 - Working With Groups

Professional Associations

  • Member, International Association for Impact Assessment
  • Member, International Australian Studies Association
  • Member, African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific
  • Member, Community-Driven Development Community of Practice Group
  • Member,International Association for Community Development

Awards and Recognition

University and International Research Awards

  • 2015-2017: Inspiring people from low socio-economic backgrounds to access and succeed in higher education. Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program $180,000.
  • 2016: Nomination for Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research by Early Career Research Award.
  • 2015: Social impact assessment of Australia’s Federal government’s proposed university deregulation policy on current and prospective country university students in Western Australia, Edith Cowan University Faculty Research Grant, $8000.
  • 2009-2012: Towards aid effectiveness: contested concepts and theories. A case study of the World Bank Community-Based Rural Development Programs. Edith Cowan University Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and International Stipends. The Netherlands.
  • 2008-2009: Ghana’s national health insurance scheme in practice: motives for joining and modes of use in the Afram Plains, Ghana. Vrije University of Amsterdam, Fellowship Programme.
  • 2007-2008: Schisms among Pentecostal Churches in the Biljmer, Amsterdam. Vrije University of Amsterdam Faculty of Theology Grant, The Netherlands.

Research Areas and Interests

  • African studies
  • Community studies
  • Equity issues in higher education
  • Gender and development
  • International development
  • Pentecostalism
  • Policy impacts assessment


  • Diploma of Business Administration, Australia, 2015.
  • Diploma of Quality Auditing, Australia, 2014.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2013.
  • Diploma of Project Management, Australia, 2012.
  • Master of Science in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Netherlands, 2009.
  • Master in Theology, Netherlands, 2008.
  • Bachelor of Education, Ghana, 2001.


Recent Research Grants

  • Peer Mentoring Approaches to Violence Prevention Among African Youth in Western Australia: Impact Assessment of the "Stop the Violence" Project,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2017 Open Round,  2017 - 2018,  $72,480.
  • Determinants of Post-Secondary School Choices and Destinations of African High School Students in Australia,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2017,  2017 - 2018,  $20,200.
  • The Other Side of Formal Employment: Women who have returned to their villages after Export Processing Zone Employment in Sri Lanka.,  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,  AusAID - Australian Development Research Awards,  2013 - 2017,  $540,393.
  • Only Social Impact Assessment of a Deregulated University System on Prospective University Students in Rural Western Australia- Phase II,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $13,611.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2015), Impact Assessment and Official Development Assistance: Ethnographic Research of the World Bank’s Community-Based Rural Development Projects in Ghana. Assessing the Impact of Foreign Aid: Value for Money and Aid for Trade, 169-182, Oxford, United Kingdom, Academic Press, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803660-0.00012-X.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., Soares Oliveira, MW., (2015), Gender Mainstreaming and Women’s Roles in Development Projects: A Research Case Study from Ghana. Advances in Gender Research, 20(12), 177-198, Bingley, UK, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/S1529-212620150000020019.

Journal Articles

  • Nunfam, V., Adusei-Asante, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., Frimpong, K., (2018), Social impacts of occupational heat stress and adaptation strategies of workers: a narrative synthesis of the literature. Science of the Total Environment, 643(1), 1542-1552, Elsevier.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Doh, D., (2018), The Effects of Paid Volunteerism on Peer-Mentoring Educational Initiatives: A Case Study of the Top-Up Programme. Journal of Modern Education Review, 7(8), 576–582, DOI: 10.15341/jmer(2155-7993)/08.07.2017/005.
  • Hancock, P., Adusei-Asante, K., Georgiou, J., Boafo, I., (2018), Life after formal employment: A comparative study of female ‘garments and textiles’ and ‘all other’ factory’ workers in Sri Lanka. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 5(5), 15-38.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., (2018), The impact of targeted educational programs on academic outcomes for African students in Western Australia. Coolabah, 24&25(2018), 274-291.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., (2017), Beyond minimisation of personal healthcare financing risks: an ethnographic study of motivations for joining Ghana’s health insurance scheme in Daakye District. Australasian Review of African Studies, 38(1), 46-64, DOI: 10.22160/22035184/ARAS-2017-38-1/46-64.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Georgiou, J., (2017), Modes of Using Health Insurance Policies: Lessons from Daakye District, Ghana. Donnish Journal of African Studies and Development, 3(1), 1-9.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Doh, D., (2016), The Two Sides of Free National Health Insurance Policies:Lessons from Daakye District, Ghana. Rangsit Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 3(2), 37-47, Thailand, Rangsit University.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2016), Does Deference Enable Elite Capture? Evidence from a World Bank Community-Based Project in Ghana. Rangsit Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 3(1), 49-58, RJSH.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., (2015), A community-based program in a non-existent community. African Studies Quarterly, 15(2), 69-84, United States, University of Florida.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2013), When Empowerment disempowers: A case study of Ghana's community based rural development projects. Ghana Journal of Development Studies, 9(2), 43-62, Ghana, University for Development, DOI: 10.4314/gjds.v9i2.3.

Conference Publications

  • Adusei-Asante, K., Doh, D., Awidi, I., (2018), Educational partnership in action: Insights from Western Australia., pp5.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., (2018), Do same-demography mentoring programmes make any difference to mentees’ learning outcomes? Reflections on the Top Up programme., pp5.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Pelden, S., (2018), Gender Impact Assessment: Theoretical Challenges., pp7.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., (2018), Peer-Mentoring Approaches to Violence Prevention Among African Youth In Western Australia: Preliminary Impact Assessment of the ‘Stop the Violence’ Programme. IAIA 18 Conference Proceedings, pp6.
  • Doh, D., Adusei-Asante, K., (2017), Active Ageing with the African in Mind: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. Proceedings of the 39th African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) Annual Conference, 281-288, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., (2017), Towards Developing Policy Impact Assessment Framework: An Introduction. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, 6p., Online, IAIA.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., (2017), On the Brink of Politicisation: Reflections on Ethical Dilemma’s in Impact Assessment Practice. International Association for Impact Assessment Conference Proceedings, 1-5, Montreal, Canada, IAIA.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., (2017), Contextual Dynamics of Health Insurance Use: Case Study of Faith Healing and Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme. Proceedings of the 39th African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) Annual Conference, 289-296, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Doh, D., (2017), The Impact of motivated volunteerism on peer-mentoring educational programs: evidence from Western Australia. 2017 Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success Conference Proceedings, 1-6, STARS.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Awidi, I., (2017), Educational Experiences of African High School Students in Perth: Findings from a Community Consultation Exercise. Proceedings of the 39th African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) Conference, 252-257, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Doh, D., Klutsey, J., (2017), Pitfalls of Universal Health Coverage Systems: Evidence from West Africa. Proceedings of the 39th African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) Annual Conference, 297-306, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Awidi, I., Hancock, P., (2016), Impact Assessment of University Fees Deregulation on Prospective Regional University Students in Western Australia. IAIA16 Conference Proceedings: Resilience and Sustainability, 1-7, Nagoya, Japan, International Association for Impact Assessment.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2016), Measuring Policies with the Social Impact Assessment Framework: Opportunities and Challenges. IAIA16 Conference Proceedings: Resilience and Sustainability, 1-7, International Association for Impact Assessement.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Doh, D., (2016), Students’ attrition and retention in higher education: A conceptual discussion. STARS Conference Proceedings, 10p., STARS.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Hancock, P., (2016), Addressing Aid Externalities: A Study of the World Bank’s Community-Based Projects in Ghana. 21st Century Tensions and Transformations in Africa: The 2015 AFSAAP Annual Conference Proceedings, 1-12, AFSAAP.
  • Adusei-Asante, K., Awidi, I., Doh, D., (2016), Improving Retention and Academic Achievements of African Students in Higher Education through Community Development. STARS Conference Proceedings, 5p., STARS.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Towards Active Ageing: A Comparative Study Of Experiences Of Older Ghanaians In Australia And Ghana

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Gender And Nursing In A Developing Country: Workplace Violence, Career Progression, Job Satisfaction And Emigration Intentions Among Ghanaian Nurses.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Women In District Assemblies In Ghana: Gender Construction, Resistance And Empowerment.
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