Akosua Boakye-Ansah

Lecturer/Researcher in Water Services Governance


Akosua is a Lecturer/Researcher in Water Services Governance at the Water Governance department. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Laboratory Technology from the University of Cape-Coast, Ghana, and a Master’s degree in Water Management from the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. Akosua worked with the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) first as a Chemist/Bacteriologist in a Central Water Laboratory and as a Process Chemist for the Barekese treatment works, in the Ashanti region of Ghana. In this capacity, she was responsible for the treatment and monitoring of the overall quality of water treated on the plant.

She received her PhD from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD research focused on the conflicting demands of water utilities in their daily services to the urban poor – delving into the challenges water utilities face in ensuring equitable service provision in fragmented cities and understanding how the utilities try to address these challenges.

She is experienced in drinking and wastewater treatment, water quality assessment, and water distribution. As a researcher, she adopts an interdisciplinary approach where she combines technical/experimental research techniques with qualitative/ethnographic research techniques to improve understandings of the socio-environmental dynamics of production of unevenness/inequalities in (urban)water supply systems. She has been involved in researches on drinking water quality governance in Malawi and pro-poor water services in Kenya.


Boakye-Ansah A.S., Schwartz K. and Zwarteveen M. (2020). Aligning stakeholder interests: How ‘appropriate’ technologies have become the accepted water infrastructure solutions for low-income areas. Utilities Policy, 66: 101081

Boakye-Ansah A.S., Schwartz K., Zwarteveen M. (2019). From rowdy cartels to organized ones? The transfer of power in urban water supply in Kenya. European Journal for Development Studies.

Boakye-Ansah A.S., Schwartz K., Zwarteveen M. (2019). “Unravelling Pro-poor Water Services: What does it mean and why is it so popular? Journal of Water and Sanitation for Development.

Rusca, M., Boakye-Ansah, A.S., Loftus, A., Ferrero, G., van der Zaag, P. (2017). An interdisciplinary political ecology of drinking water quality. Exploring socio-ecological inequalities in Lilongwe’s water supply network. Geoforum, 84, 138-146.

Boakye-Ansah, A. S., Ferrero, G., Rusca, M., & van der Zaag, P. (2016). Inequalities in microbial contamination of drinking water supplies in urban areas: the case of Lilongwe, Malawi. Journal of Water and Health.

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Blog posts

Boakye-Ansah A.S. (24-09-2018). Water supply for the urban poor: bringing the utility into the discussion
Boakye-Ansah A.S. (08-08-2017) Are we paying enough attention to water quality? 
Boakye-Ansah A.S. (28-04-2017). From rowdy cartels to organized ones? The transfer of power in urban water supply in Kenya


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