Graduate Students

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  • Janet Adomako
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  • Research Interests: decolonial political ecology, resource extraction, livelihood, critical health geography, feminist ethnography, indigenous ontologies.
  • Degree: Ph.D.





My research employs indigenous feminist methodologies and approaches to investigate the intersection of gender, resource extraction and diverse understandings of the extractive landscape. My Masters research explored the implications of urban expansion on peri-urban dwellers whose livelihoods depend on natural resources. I have also worked with local NGOs in Ghana to gain experience in health and environmental education.

Previous Degrees:

  • MPhil, Geography and Rural Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • BA, Geography and Rural Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology


  • Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Environmental Studies, Politics of Environmental Issues, Rutgers University
  • Co-adjunct: Transforming the Global Environment, Rutgers University
  • Instructor: Geohazards, Geography of Tourism, Tropical Geomorphology, Soils and Biogeography, Institute of Continuing and Distance Education, University of Ghana
  • Teaching Assistant: Poverty and Rural Development, Rural Development Experiences, Decentralization and Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Geography Tutor: Physical Geography, Human Geography, University of Ghana senior High School, Juaso Senior High School


  • Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Dream Environment
  • Project Officer, Discovery Impact Foundation


  • Hausermann, H. & Adomako, J. (2021) Positionality, “the field,” and implications for knowledge production on land-use. Journal of Land-use Science.
  • Oduro Appiah, J., Agyemang-Duah, W., Adei, D., Kweku Sobeng, A., Adomako, J. A. A., & Peprah, P. (2021). Factors associated with community awareness of forest reserve regulations in the Tano-Offin forest reserve in Ghana. African Geographical Review, 1-18.
  • Oduro Appiah, J., Kpienbaareh, D., & Adomako, J. A. A. (2021). Built-up area expansion in the Wa Municipality of Ghana: implications for vegetation cover loss and fragmentation. African Geographical Review, 1-21.
  • Hausermann, H., Adomako, J., & Robles, M. (2020). Fried eggs and all-women gangs: the geopolitics of Chinese gold mining in Ghana, bodily vulnerability, and resistance. Human Geography13(1), 60-73.
  • Afriyie, K., Ganle, J. K., & Adomako, J. A. A. (2016). The good in evil: A discourse analysis of the galamsey industry in Ghana. Oxford Development Studies44(4), 493-508.
  • Afriyie, K., Abass, K., & Adomako, J. A. A. (2014). Urbanisation of the rural landscape: assessing the effects in peri-urban Kumasi. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development6(1), 1-19.
  • Abass, K., Afriyie, K., & Adomako, J. A. A. (2013). Household responses to livelihood transformation in peri-urban Kumasi. Journal of Sustainable Development6(6), 121-136.

In Revision:

  • Adomako, J. “Gold is a spirit”: Diverse ontologies in small-scale gold mining in Ghana. Revise and resubmit for the Annals of the American Association of Geographers.
  • Adomako, J. “The Dust Chop Your Heart and Kill You”: Constructing Landscapes of Gender and Health Vulnerabilities in Ghana’s Small-Scale Mining. In review, Journal of Rural Studies.


  • Graduate Research Excellence Award, Department of Geography, Rutgers University.
  • Excellence Fellowship, Rutgers University.
  • Human Ecology Research Grant, Rutgers University.
  • MaGrann Geography Field Research Award, Rutgers
  • Graduate Enhancement Grant, Rutgers University’s Center for African Studies.
  • Pre-Dissertation Fieldwork Improvement Grant, Rutgers Graduate School.

2021 cohort names

2021 Cohort of Rutgers Geography Graduate Students