Isaac Luginaah

Canada Research Chair


Contact Information

Office: Room 1409, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 86944
Fax: 519 661-3750
Personal Web Page

Research Areas

Environment and health, air pollution, GIS and health, HIV/AIDS

Research Interests

My broad area of research interest includes environment and health, population health and GIS applications in health. My work involves an integrative understanding of the broad determinants of the population health and the evidence of environment and health linkages. I am specifically interested in the human health impacts of environmental exposure and recent work in this area involves examining the links between ambient air quality and health in Southwestern Ontario. I am also involved in HIV/AIDS research in Africa, specifically Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria.

Publications & Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Refereed Journals

Kansanga, M. M., Braimah, J., Antabe, R., Sano, Y., Kyeremeh, E., & Luginaah, I. (2019). Examining the association between exposure to mass media and health insurance enrolment in Ghana. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 26(1): 11-24.

Konkor, I., Kansanga, M., Sano, Y., Atuoye, K., & Luginaah, I. (2019). Risk-taking behaviours and timing to first motorbike collision in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Journal of Transport & Health, 12: 105-114.

Atuoye, K. N., Luginaah, I., Hambati, H., & Campbell, G. (2019). Politics, economics, how about our health? Impacts of large-scale land acquisitions on therapeutic spaces and wellbeing in coastal Tanzania. Social Science & Medicine, 220: 283-291.

Kansanga, M., & Luginaah, I. (2019) Agrarian livelihoods under siege: Carbon forestry, tenure constraints and the rise of capitalist forest enclosures in Ghana. World Development, 113: 131-142.

Mkandawire, P., Atari, O., Kangmennaang, J., Arku, G., Luginaah, I., & Etowa, J. (2019). Pregnancy intention and gestational age at first antenatal care (ANC) visit in Rwanda. Midwifery68, 30-38.

Anfaara, F. W., Atuoye, K. N., Mkandawire, P., & Luginaah, I. (2018). Factors associated with voluntary testing for HBV in the upper west region of Ghana. Health & Place, 54: 85-91.

Tuyisenge, G., Hategeka, C., Kasine, Y., Luginaah, I., Cechetto, D., & Rulisa, S. (2018). Mothers’ perceptions and experiences of using maternal health care services in Rwanda. Women & Health, Forthcoming.

Kansanga, M., Andersen, P., Kpienbaareh, D., Mason-Renton, S., Atuoye, K., Sano, Y., Antabe, R., & Luginaah, I. (2018). Traditional agriculture in transition: examining the impacts of agricultural modernization on smallholder farming in Ghana under the new Green Revolution. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 1-14.

Mason‐Renton, S. A., & Luginaah, I. (2018). Conceptualizing waste as a resource: Urban biosolids processing in the rural landscape. The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe Canadien, 62(2): 266-281.

Sano, Y., Antabe, R., Atuoye, K. N., Braimah, J. A., Galaa, S. Z., & Luginaah, I. (2018). Married women’s autonomy and post-delivery modern contraceptive use in the Democratic Republic of Congo. BMC Women's Health, 18(1): 49.

Bisung, E., Kangmennaang, J., & Luginaah, I. (2018). Neighborhood structural differences and women’s mental health: an empirical study in Accra, Ghana. Quality of Life Research, 27(3): 661-671.

Bezner Kerr, R. B., Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Dakishoni, L., Lupafya, E., Shumba, L., Luginaah, I., & Snapp, S. S. (2018). Knowledge politics in participatory climate change adaptation research on agroecology in Malawi. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 1-14.

Tuyisenge, G., Hategeka, C., Luginaah, I., Babenko-Mould, Y., Cechetto, D., & Rulisa, S. (2018). Continuing professional development in maternal health care: Barriers to applying new knowledge and skills in the hospitals of Rwanda. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 1-8.

Mason-Renton, S., & Luginaah, I. (2018). Lasting impacts and perceived inequities: Community reappraisal of the siting of a regional biosolids processing facility in rural Ontario. Journal of Risk Research, 1-18.

Sano, Y., Sedziafa, A. P., Vercillo, S., Antabe, R, & Luginaah, I. (2018). Women’s household decision-making autonomy and safer sex negotiation in Nigeria: An analysis of the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey. AIDS Care, 30(2): 240-245.

Kangmennaang, J., Onyango, E. O., Luginaah, I., & Elliott, S. J. (2018). The next Sub Saharan African epidemic? A case study of the determinants of cervical cancer knowledge and screening in Kenya. Social Science & Medicine, 197: 203-212.

Kangmennaang, J., Bezner-Kerr, R., & Luginaah, I. (2018). Impact of migration and remittances on household welfare among rural households in Northern and Central Malawi. Migration and Development, 7(1): 55-71.

Kangmennaang, J., Mkandawire, P., & Luginaah, I. (2017). Breast cancer screening among women in Namibia: explaining the effect of health insurance coverage and access to information on screening behaviours. Global Health Promotion.

Kansanga, M., Atuoye, K., & Luginaah, I. (2017). Same problem, conflicting ‘truths’: rethinking the missing links in forest degradation narrativization in Ghana. African Geographical Review, 1-13.

Gorey, K. M., Hamm, C., Luginaah, I. N., Zou, G. Y., & Holowaty, E. J. (2017).  Breast cancer care in California and Ontario: Primary care protections greatest among the most socioeconomically vulnerable women living in the most underserved places. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, 8(3): 127–134.

Ung, M., Luginaah, I., Chuenpagdee, R., & Campbell, G. (2017). Perceptions of climate change impacts and self-rated health in coastal Cambodia. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 74(2): 325-339.

Kangmennaang, J., R. Bezner Kerr, E. Lupafya, L. Dakishoni, M. Katundu, I. Luginaah (2017). Impact of a participatory agroecological development project on household wealth and food security in Malawi. Food Security, 9(3): 561-576.

Boateng, G. O., Adams, E. A., Boateng, M. O., Luginaah, I. N., & Taabazuing, M. M. (2017). Obesity and the burden of health risks among the elderly in Ghana: A population study. PloS one, 12(11): e0186947.

Braimah, J. A., Atuoye, K. N., Vercillo, S., Warring, C., & Luginaah, I. (2017). Debated agronomy: Public discourse and the future of biotechnology policy in Ghana. Global Bioethics, 28(1): 3-18.

Armah, F. A., Ung, M., Boamah, S. A., Luginaah, I., & Campbell, G. (2017). Out of the frying pan into the fire? Urban penalty of the poor and multiple barriers to climate change adaptation in Cambodia and Tanzania. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 7(1): 69-86.

Ung, M., Luginaah, I., Chuenpagdee, R., & Campbell, G. (2017). First-Hand Experience of Extreme Climate Events and Household Energy Conservation in Coastal Cambodia. Climate and Development, 1-10

Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Kangmennaang, J., Bezner-Kerr, R., Luginaah, I., Dakishoni, L., Lupafya, E., Shumba, L., & Katundu, M. (2017). Agroecology, improved food security and human health in semi-humid tropical Africa: participatory research with vulnerable households in Malawi. Acta Tropica, 175: 42-49.

Kuuire, V.Z., Kangmennaang, J., Atuoye, K.N., Vercillo, S., Boamah, S., Antabe, R., Amoyaw, J. A., & Luginaah, I. (2017). Timing and utilisation of antenatal care services in Nigeria and Malawi. Global Public Health, 12(6): 711-727.

Atuoye, K. N., Amoyaw, J. A., Kuuire, V. Z., Kangmennaang, J., Boamah, S. A., Vercillo, S., ... & Luginaah, I. (2017). Utilisation of skilled birth attendants over time in Nigeria and Malawi. Global Public Health, 12(6): 728-743.

Antabe, R., Atuoye, K. N., Kuuire, V. Z., Sano, Y., Arku, G., & Luginaah, I. (2017). Community health impacts of surface mining in the Upper West Region of Ghana: The roles of mining odors and dust. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal, 23(4): 798-813.

Kuuire, V.Z., Rishworth, A., Tenkorang, E.Y., Luginaah, I. & Yawson, E.A. (2017). Is the pro-poor premium exemption policy of Ghana’s NHIS eliminating health coverage disparities among the elderly? Population Research and Policy Review, 36(2): 231-249.

Atuoye, K. N., Kuuire, V. Z., Kangmennaang, J., Antabe, R., & Luginaah, I. (2017). Residential remittances and food security in the upper west region of Ghana. International Migration, 55(4): 18-34.

Mason-Renton, S. A., Luginaah, I., & Baxter, J. (2017). The community divide is more detrimental than the plant itself: Confrontational stigma and community responses to rural facility siting. The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 11(2): 22-44.

Armah, F. A., Yengoh, G. T., Ung, M., Luginaah, I., Chuenpagdee, R., & Campbell, G. (2017). The unusual suspects? Perception of underlying causes of anthropogenic climate change in coastal communities in Cambodia and Tanzania. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 60(12): 2150-2173.

Atuoye, K. N., & Luginaah, I. (2017). Food as a social determinant of mental health among household heads in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Social Science & Medicine, 180: 170-180.

Kuuire, V., Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I. and Arku, G. (2016). Abandoning land in search of farms: challenges of subsistence migrant farming in Ghana. Agriculture and Human Values, 33(2): 475-488.

Kangmennaang, J. and Luginaah, I. (2016). The influences of health insurance and access to information on prostate cancer screening among men in Dominican Republic. Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, 2016.

Quansah, R., Bend, J. R., Abdul-Rahaman, A., Armah, F. A., Luginaah, I., Essumang, D. K., Iddi, S., Chevrier, J., Cobbina, S. J., Nketiah-Amponsah, E., and Adu-Kumi, S. (2016). Associations between pesticide use and respiratory symptoms: A cross-sectional study in Southern Ghana. Environmental Research, 150: 245-254.

Kuuire, V. Z., Arku, G., Luginaah, I., Abada, T., & Buzzelli, M. (2016). Impact of remittance behaviour on immigrant homeownership trajectories: An analysis of the longitudinal survey of immigrants in Canada from 2001 to 2005. Social Indicators Research, 127(3): 1135-1156.

Kangmennaang, J., Osei, L., Armah, F. A., and Luginaah, I. (2016). Genetically modified organisms and the age of (Un) reason? A critical examination of the rhetoric in the GMO public policy debates in Ghana. Futures, 83: 37-49.

Campbell, D., Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Zou, G., Hamm, C., & Holowaty, E. J. (2016). Gender differences on the interacting effects of marital status and health insurance on long-term colon cancer survival in California, 1995–2014. Public Health, 140: 258-260.

Angsongna, A., Armah, F., Boamah, S., Hambati, H., Luginaah, I., Chuenpagdee, R., & Campbell, G. (2016). A systematic review of resource habitat taboos and human health outcomes in the context of global environmental change. Global Bioethics, 27(2-4): 91-111.

Thogarapalli, N., Mkandawire, P., Kangmennaang, J., Luginaah, I., & Arku, G. (2016). Gestational age at first antenatal visit in Namibia. International Journal of Public Health, 61(9): 1089-1097.

Boamah, S. A., Amoyaw, J., & Luginaah, I. (2016). Explaining the gap in antenatal care service utilization between younger and older mothers in Ghana. Journal of Biosocial Science, 48(3): 342-357.

Kuuire, V. Z., Bisung, E., Rishworth, A., Dixon, J., & Luginaah, I. (2016). Health-seeking behaviour during times of illness: a study among adults in a resource poor setting in Ghana. Journal of Public Health, 38(4): e545-e553.

Rishworth, A., Bisung, E., & Luginaah, I. (2016). “It's Like a Disease”: Women's perceptions of caesarean sections in Ghana's Upper West Region. Women and Birth, 29(6): e119-e125.

Atuoye, K. N., Vercillo, S., Antabe, R., Galaa, S. Z., & Luginaah, I. (2016). Financial sustainability versus access and quality in a challenged health system: an examination of the capitation policy debate in Ghana. Health Policy and Planning, 31(9): 1240-1249.

Gorey, K. M., Bartfay, E., Kanjeekal, S. M., Wright, F. C., Hamm, C., Luginaah, I. N., Zou, G., Holowaty, E. J., Richter, N. L., and Balagurusamy, M. K. (2016). Palliative chemotherapy among people living in poverty with metastasised colon cancer: facilitation by primary care and health insurance. British Medical Journal: Supportive & Palliative Care, bmjspcare-2015.

Kuuire, V. Z., Arku, G., Luginaah, I., Buzzelli, M., & Abada, T. (2016). Obligations and expectations: Perceived relationship between transnational housing investment and housing consumption decisions among Ghanaian immigrants in Canada. Housing, Theory and Society, 33(4): 445-468.

Mason-Renton, S. A. and Luginaah, I. and (2016). Interfering with therapeutic tranquility: Debates surrounding biosolid waste processing in rural Ontario. Health and Place, 41: 42-49.

Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Mambulu, F. N., Bezner-Kerr, R., Luginaah, I., and Lupafya, E. (2016). Agroecology and sustainable food systems: Participatory research to improve food security among HIV-affected households in northern Malawi. Social Science & Medicine, 164: 89-99.

Armah, F. A., Boamah, S. A., Quansah, R., Obiri, S. and Luginaah, I. (2016). Working conditions of male and female artisanal and small-scale goldminers in Ghana: Examining existing disparities. The Extractive Industries and Society, 3(2): 464-474.

Kangmennaang, J., Mkandawire, P. and Luginaah, I (2016). What prevents men aged 40–64 years from prostate cancer screening in Namibia? Journal of Cancer Epidemiology.

Sano, Y., Antabe, R., Atuoye, K. N., Hussey, L., Bayne J., Galaa, Z. S., Mkandawire, P., and Luginaah, I. (2016). Persistent misconceptions about HIV transmission among males and females in Malawi. BMC International Health and Human Rights. DOI 10.1186/s12914-016-0089-8.

Kuuire, V.Z, Arku, G., Luginaah, I., Buzzelli, M. & Abada, T. (2016). Transnationalism-Integration Nexus: Examining the relationship between transnational housing investment and homeownership status in Canada. Geoforum, 75: 168-179.

Luginaah, I., Kangmennaang, J. Fallah, M., Dahn, B., Kateh, F., and Nyenswah, T. (2016). Timing and utilization of antenatal care services in Liberia: Understanding the pre-Ebola epidemic context. Social Science and Medicine, 160: 75-86.

Haji-Jama, S., Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Zou, G. Y., Hamm, C. and Holowaty, E. J. (2016). Breast cancer survival among women of color: Multiplicative disadvantage of being inadequately insured and living in poor or near poor neighborhoods. Cancer Control, 23(2): 157-162. 

Armah, F. A., Boamah, S. A., Quansah, R., Obiri, S. and Luginaah, I. (2016). Unsafe occupational health behaviors: Understanding mercury-related environmental health risks to artisanal gold miners in Ghana. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 4: 29 -

Bezner Kerr, R., Chilanga, E., Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Luginaah, I. and Lupafya, E. (2016).  Integrated agriculture and nutrition programs to address child care and nutrition in northern Malawi. BMC Public Health, 16: 1197.

Mkandawire, P., Arku, G., Atari, O., Madut, K., Luginaah, I., & Dixon, J. (2015). "My house is the hospital": Housing and health and wellbeing among persons living with HIV/AIDS in northern Malawi. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 26(4): 1246-1264.

Armah, F. A., Luginaah, I., Hambati, H., Chuenpagdee, R. and Campbell, G. (2015). Assessing barriers to adaptation to climate change in coastal Tanzania: Does where you live matter? Population and Environment, 37(2): 231-263.

Boateng, G. O., Luginaah, I. N., & Taabazuing, M. M. (2015). Examining the risk factors associated With hypertension among the elderly in Ghana. Journal of aging and health, 27(7): 1147-1169.

Ung, M., Luginaah, I., Chuenpagdee, R., & Campbell, G. (2015). Perceived self-efficacy and adaptation to climate change in Coastal Cambodia. Climate, 4(1): 1.

Armah, F. A., Odoi, J.O. and Luginaah, I. (2015). Indoor air pollution and health in Ghana: Exposure to unprocessed solid fuel smoke. EcoHealth, 12(2): 227-243.

Boamah, S., Armah, F.A., Kuuire, V.Z., Ajibade, I., Luginaah, I. McBean, G. (2015). Does previous experience of floods stimulate the adoption of coping strategies: Evidence from cross-sectional surveys from Nigeria and Tanzania? Environments, 2(4): 565-585.

Osei, L., Amoyaw, J., Boateng, G. O., Boamah, S. and Luginaah, I. (2015). The paradox of water accessibility: Understanding the temporal and spatial dimensions of access to improved water sources in Rwanda. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 5(4): 553-564.

Oiamo, T. H., Luginaah, I. and Baxter, J. (2015). Cumulative effects of noise and odour annoyances on environmental and health related quality of life. Social Science and Medicine, 146: 191-203.

Mambulu, F., Mason, S. A., Dixon, J., Rishworth, A., Mkandawire, P. and Luginaah, I. (2015). Silence of the leaders: Alcohol policy making in Malawi. African Geographical Review, 34(3): 232-249.

Gorey, K. M., Kanjeekal, S. M., Wright, F. C., Hamm, C., Luginaah, I. N., Bartfay, E., Zou, G. Y., Holowaty, E. J., and Richter, N. L. (2015). Colon cancer care and survival: income and insurance are more predictive in the USA, community primary care physician supply more so in Canada. International Journal for Equity in Health, 14: 109.

Thogarapalli, N., Mkandawire, P., Rulisa, S. and Luginaah, I. (2015). Investigating the association between pregnancy intention and insecticide-treated bed net (ITN) use: a cross-sectional study of pregnant women in Rwanda. Journal of Public Health, 23(4): 241-248.

Mason, S., Dixon, J., Mkandawire, P., Mambulu, F., Rishworth, A. and Luginaah, I. (2015). Management challenges of urban biosolids: Narratives around facility siting in rural Ontario. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 58(8): 1363-1383.

Ajibade, I., Armah, F.A., Kuuire, V.Z., Luginaah, I., McBean, G., Tenkorang, E.Y. (2015). Assessing the Bio-psychosocial correlates of flood impacts along the southern coastal line of Nigeria. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 58(3): 445-463.

Quansah, R. Armah, F. A., Essumang, D. K., Fobil, P. J., Luginaah, I., Quakyi, I., Clarke, E., Marfoh, K., Cobbina, S., Nketiah-Amponsah, E., Obiri, S., Dzodzomenyo, M. and Namujju, P. B. (2015). Association of arsenic and adverse pregnancy outcomes/infant mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Environmental Health Perspectives, 123: 412–421.

Tekonrang, E. Y., Kuuire, V., Banchani, E. and Luginaah, I.  (2015). Examining risk factors for hypertension in Ghana: Evidence from the study on global ageing and adult health. Global Health Promotion. DOI: 10.1177/1757975915583636.

Gorey, K.M., Richter, N. L., Luginaah, I. N., Hamm, C., Holowaty, E. J., Zou, G. and Balagurusamy, M. K. (2015). Breast cancer among women living in poverty: Better care in Canada than in the United States. Social Work Research, 39(2): 107-118.

Richter, N. L., Gorey, K. M., Haji-Jama, S. and Luginaah, I. N. (2015). Care and survival of Mexican American women with node breast cancer: Historical cohort evidence of health insurance and Barrio advantages. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17:  652-659.

Atuoye, K. N., Dixon, J., Rishworth, A., Galaa, S. Z., Boamah, S. A. and Luginaah, I. (2015). Can she make it? Transportation barriers to accessing maternal and child health care services in rural Ghana. BMC Health Services Research, 15: 333. DOI 10.1186/s12913-015-1005-y.

Kangmennaang, J., Thogarapalli, N., Mkandawire, P. and Luginaah, I. (2015). Investigating the disparities in cervical cancer screening among Namibian women. Gynecologic Oncology, 138(2): 411-416.

Vercillo, S., Kuuire, V., Armah, F. and Luginaah, I. (2015). Does the new alliance for food security and nutrition impose biotechnology on smallholder farmers in Africa? Global Bioethics, 26(1): 1-13.

Armah, F. A., Luginaah, I., Yengoh, G., Hambati, H., Chuenpagdee, R. and Campbell, G. (2015). Monitored versus experience-based perceptions of environmental change: Evidence from Coastal Tanzania. Journal of Integrative Environmental Studies, 12(2):  119-152.

Levitz, N. R., Haji-Jama, S., Munro, T., Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Bartfay, E., Zou, G. Y., Wright, F. C., Kanjeekal, S. M., Hamm, C., Balagurusamy, M. K. and Holowaty, E. J. (2015). Multiplicative disadvantage of being an unmarried and inadequately insured woman living in poverty with colon cancer: Historical cohort exploration in California. BMC Women’s Health, 15:8. DOI 10.1186/s12905-015-0166-5.

Armah, F. A., Luginaah, I., Yengoh, G., Hambati, H., Chuenpagdee, R. and Campbell, G. (2015). Analyzing the relationship between objective-subjective health status and public perception of climate change as a human health risk in coastal Tanzania. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal, 21(7): 1936-1959.

Armah, F. A., Luginaah, I., Quansah. R., Hambati, H., Chuenpagdee, R. and Campbell, G. (2015). Historical perspective and multiple exposures to neglected tropical diseases in Coastal Tanzania: Compositional and contextual determinants of disease risk. PLoS ONE – Neglected Tropical Diseases. DOI:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003939.

Oiamo, T. H., Baxter, J., Grgicak-Mannion, A., Xu, X., Luginaah, I. L. (2015). Place effects on noise annoyance: Cumulative exposures, odour annoyance and noise sensitivity as mediators of environmental context. Atmospheric Environment, 116: 183-193.

Ajibade, I., Armah, F.A., Kuuire, V.Z., Luginaah, I., McBean, G. (2015). Self-reported experiences of climate change in Nigeria: the role of personal and socio-environmental factors. Climate, 3(1): 16-41.

Oiamo, T. H., Johnson, M., Tang, K., Luginaah, I. N. (2015). Assessing traffic and industrial contributions to ambient nitrogen dioxide and volatile organic compounds in a low pollution urban environment. Science of The Total Environment, 529: 149–157.

McGlynn, N., Wilk, P., Luginaah, I., Ryan, B. L. and Thind, A. (2014). Increased use of recommended maternal healthcare as a determinant of immunization and appropriate care for fever and diarrhea in Ghana: An analysis pooling three demographic and health surveys. Health Policy and Planning, 30(7): 895-905.

Tekonrang, E. Y., Maticka-Tyndale, E. and Luginaah, I. (2014). Investigating the timing of first sexual intercourse in the context of the AIDS epidemic among youth in Edo State, Nigeria. International Journal of Sexual Health, 26(2): 136-154.

Dixon, J., Luginaah, I. and Mkandawire, P. (2014). Gendered inequalities within Ghana’s national health insurance scheme: Are poor women being penalized with a late renewal policy? Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(3): 1005-1020.

Mkandawire, P., Dixon, J., Luginaah, I., Armah, F. and Arku, G. (2014). 'At risk by fact of birth': Perceptions and concerns about medical male circumcision for HIV prevention in Northern Malawi. Health, Risk & Society, 16(4): 295-307.

Armah, F. A., Quansah, R. and Luginaah, I. (2014). A systematic review of heavy metals of anthropogenic origin in environmental media and biota in the context of gold mining in Ghana. International Scholarly Research Notices, 2014: 37.

Dixon, J., Luginaah, I., and Mkandawire, P. (2014). The national health insurance scheme in Ghana's upper west region: A gendered perspective of insurance acquisition in a resource-poor setting. Social Science & Medicine, 122: 103-112.

Walker, C., Baxter, J., Mason, S., Luginaah, I. and Ouellettee, D. (2014). Wind energy development and perceived real estate values in Ontario, Canada. AIMS Energy, 2(4): 424-442.

Boateng, G. O., Kuuire, V. Z., Ung, M., Amoyaw, J. A., Armah, F. A. and Luginaah, I. (2014). Women's empowerment in the context of millennium development goal 3: A case study of married women in Ghana. Social Indicators Research, 115(1): 137-158.

Ung, M. Boateng, G. O., Armah, F. A., Amoyaw, J. A., Luginaah, I. and Kuuire, V. (2014). Negotiation for safer sex among married women in Cambodia: The role of women's autonomy. Journal of Biosocial Science, 46(1): 90-106.

Armah, F. A., Luginaah, I., Yengoh. G. T., Taabazuing, J. and Yawson, D. O. (2014). Managing conflicts in natural resources management in Ghana: Unmasking a messy policy problem. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 57(11): 1724-1745.

Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I. and Baxter, J. (2014). Growing up alone: Vulnerability of adolescent orphans to HIV/AIDS in Northern Malawi. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 39(1): 128-139.

Gorey, K. M., Haji-Jama, S., Bartfay. E., Luginaah. I. N., Wright, F. C. and Kanjeekal S. M. (2014). Lack of access to chemotherapy for colon cancer: Multiplicative disadvantage of being poor, inadequately insured and African American. BMC Health Services Research, 14: 133.

Dixon, J., Tenkorang, E.Y., Luginaah, I., Kuuire, V.Z. and Boateng, G.O. (2014). National health insurance scheme enrolment and antenatal care among women in Ghana: is there any relationship? Tropical Medicine and International Health, 19(1): 98-106.

Edumadze, J. E., Tenkorang, E. Y., Armah F. A., Luginaah, I., Edumadze, G. E. (2013). The electronic waste mess in Ghana: awareness and pro-environmental behaviour among university students. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 12(4): 224-234.

Kuuire, V., Mkandawire, P., Arku, G. and Luginaah, I. (2013). Abandoning farms in search of food: Food remittance and household food security in Ghana. African Geographical Review, 32(2): 125-139.

Armah, F.A., Luginaah, I.N., Odoi, J.O. (2013). Artisanal small-scale gold mining and mercury pollution in Ghana: A critical examination of a messy minerals and gold mining policy debate. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 3(4): 381-390.

Dixon, J., Tenkorang, E.Y. and Luginaah, I. (2013). Ghana’s national health insurance scheme: A national level investigation of member perception of service provision. revisions: BMC International Health & Human Rights, 13: 35.

Oiamo, T. H. and Luginaah, I. N. (2013). Extricating sex and gender in air pollution research: a community-based study on cardinal symptoms of exposure. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 10: 3801-3817.

Gorey, K.M., Luginaah, I. N., Holowaty, E. J., Zou, G., Hamm, C., and Balagurusamy, M. K. (2013). Mediation of the effects of living in extremely poor neighborhoods by health insurance: Breast cancer care and survival in California, 1996 to 2011. International Journal for Equity in Health, 12: 6.

Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I., Dixon, J., Armah, F. A. and Arku, G. (2013). Circumcision status and time to first sex among never-married young men in Malawi: Evidence from the Demographic and Health Survey. AIDS and Behavior, 17: 2123-2135.

Haji-Jama, S., Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Balagurusamy, M. K. and Hamm, C. (2013). Health insurance mediation of the Mexican American non-hispanic white disparity on early breast cancer diagnosis. SpringerPlus, 2: 285.

Mkandawire, P., Richmond, C., Dixon, J., Luginaah, I. and Tobias, J. (2013). Hepatitis B in Ghana’s upper west region: A hidden disease in need of national policy attention. Health & Place, 23: 89–96.

Tobias, J., Richmond, C. and Luginaah, I. (2013). CBPR With Anishinabe communities: Producing respectful and reciprocal Research. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 8(2): 129-140.

Armah, F.A., Luginaah, I.N., Taabazuing, J. and Odoi, J. O. (2013). Artisanal gold mining and surface water pollution in Ghana: Have the foreign invaders come to stay. Environmental Justice, 6(3): 94-102.

Atari, O., Luginaah, I., Gorey, K., Xu, I. and Fung, K. (2013). Associations between self-reported odour annoyance and volatile organic compounds in "Chemical Valley", Sarnia, Ontario. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 185(6): 4537-4539.

Obiri, S., Cobbinah, S.J., Armah, F.A. and Luginaah, I. (2013). Assessment of cancer and non-cancer health risks from exposure to PAHs in street dust in the Tamale Metropolis, Ghana. Journal of Environmental Science and Health: Part A, 48(4): 408-416.

Mkandawire, P., Tenkorang, E. and Luginaah, I. (2013). Orphanhood and time to first sex among adolescents in Northern Malawi. AIDS & Behaviour, 17(3): 939-950.

Oiamo, T. H., Luginaah, I. N., Buzzelli, M., Tang, K., Xu, X., Brook, J. and Johnson, M. (2012). Assessing the spatial distribution of nitrogen dioxide in London, Ontario. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 62(11): 1335-1345.

Taabazuing, J., Armah, F., Dixon, J. and Luginaah, I. (2012). The relationship between traditional authorities and decentralized structures in Ghana: Conflicting roles or a struggle for power and legitimacy. International Journal of Development and Conflict, 2(3).

Brophy, J.T., Keith, M.M., Watterson, A., Park, R., Gilbertson, M., Maticka-Tyndale, E., Beck, M., Abu-Zahra, H., Schneider, K., Reinhartz, A., DeMatteo, R., and Luginaah, I. (2012). Breast cancer risk in relation to occupations with exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors: a Canadian case-control study. Environmental Health, 11: 87.

Armah, F. A., Luginaah, I. and Ason, B. (2012). Water quality index of the Tarkwa goldmining area in Ghana. Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 11(2): 1-14.

Gorey, K.M., Luginaah, I.N., Holowaty, E J., Zou, G., Hamm, C., Bartfay, E., Kanjeekal, S.M., Balagurusamy, M., Sandus H-J. and Wright, F. (2012). Effects of being uninsured or underinsured and living in extremely poor neighborhoods on colon cancer care and survival in California: Historical cohort analysis, 1996—2011. BMC Public Health, 12: 897.

Taabazuing, J., Luginaah, I.N., Djietror, G. and Otiso, K.M. (2012). Mining, conflicts and livelihood struggles in a dysfunctional policy environment: The case of Wassa West District, Ghana. African Geographical Review, 31(1): 33-49.

Arku, G., Luginaah, I. and Mkandawire, P. (2012). “You either pay more advance rent or you move”: Landlord and tenants dilemmas in low-income housing market in Accra, Ghana. Urban Studies, 49(14): 3177-3193.

Luginaah, I.N. and Armah, F.A. (2012). Non-timber forest products and human health in the context of environmental change. Human Evolution/Global Ethics, 27(1-3): 103-109.

Luginaah, I.N., Gorey, K.M., Tang, K., Oiamo, T., Holowaty, E.J., Hamm, C. and Wright, F.A. (2012). Geographical analysis of breast cancer clustering in Southern Ontario: Generating hypotheses on environmental influences. International Journal of Environmental Research, 22(3): 232-248.

Armah, F.A., Ason, B., Luginaah, I. . and Essandoh, P.K. (2012). Characterization of macro-benthic fauna for ecological health status of the Fosu and Benya lagoons in coastal Ghana. Journal of Ecology and Field Biology, 35(4): 1-11.

Arnold, R., Maticka-Tyndale, E., Tenkorang, E.Y., Holland, D., Gaspard, A., Luginaah, I. and the HP4RY Team (2012). Evaluation of school- and community-based HIV prevention interventions with junior secondary school students in Edo State, Nigeria. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 16(2): 103-125.

Whaling, M., Luginaah, I., Reid, G., Hekmat, S., Thind, A., Mwanga, J. and Changalucha, J. (2012). Perceptions of probiotics for health and nutrition in the context of HIV/AIDS in Mwanza, Tanzania. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 16(2): 103-125.

Armah, F.A., Luginaah, I.N. and Obiri, S. (2012). Assessing environmental exposure and health impacts of gold mining in Ghana. Toxicology & Environmental Chemistry, 94(4): 786-798.

Armah, F., Luginaah, I., Kuitunen, M. and Mkandawire, P. (2012). Ecological health status of the Fosu Lagoon, Southern Ghana II: Environmental and human health risk assessment. Ecosystem & Ecography, 2: 1.

Armah, F., Kuitunen, M., Luginaah, I. and Mkandawire, P. (2012). Non occupational health risk assessment from exposure to chemical contaminants in the gold mining environment of Tarkwa, Ghana. Trends in Applied Sciences Research, 7(3): 181-185. 

Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I. and Tobias, J. (2011). Landscapes of economic deprivation and locally distilled liquor (kachasu): An emerging milieu of HIV/AIDS risk in urban Northern Malawi. Environment and Planning, A. 43(10): 2384–2398.

Dixon, J., Tenkorang, E. and Luginaah, I. (2011). Ghana’s national health insurance scheme: Helping the poor or leaving them behind? Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 29: 1102-1115.

Miller, L., Xu, X., Wheeler, A., Atari, D.O., Grgicak-Mannion, A. and Luginaah, I.N. (2011). Spatial variability and application of ratios between BTEX in two Canadian cities. The Scientific World, 11: 2536-2549.

Odoi, J.O., Armah, F.A., Luginaah, I. (2011). Assessment of spatial variability of heavy metals in soils under the influence of soap and detergent waste water discharge. International Journal of Research and Reviews in Applied Sciences, 9(2): 322-329.

Oiamo, T. H., Luginaah, I. N., Atari, D. O. and Gorey, M. K. (2011). Air pollution and general practitioner access and utilization: A population based study in Sarnia, ‘Chemical Valley,’ Ontario. Environmental Health, 10: 71.

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Bartfay, E., Fung, K. Y., Holowaty, E. J., Wright, F., Hamm, C. and Kanjeekal, S. M. (2011). Effects of socioeconomic status on colon cancer treatment accessibility and survival in Toronto, Ontario, and San Francisco, California, 1996-2006. American Journal of Public Health, 101: 112-119.

Arku, G., Luginaah, I. N., Mkandawire, P., Baiden, P. and Asiedu, A. B. (2011) Housing and health in three contrasting neighbourhoods in Accra, Ghana. Social Science and Medicine, 72: 1864-1872.

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Hamm, C., Balagurusamy, M., & Holowaty, E. J. (2011). Physician supplies and breast cancer care in Ontario and California, 1998 to 2006. Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, 16(2): 47-54.

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Bartfay, E., Fung, K. Y., Holowaty, E. J., Wright, F. C., Hamm, C., Kanjeekal, S. M. & Balagurusamy, M. (2011). Association of physician supply with breast cancer survival in Ontario. Digestive Diseases and Sciences, 56: 523-531.

Baiden, P., Arku, G., Luginaah, I. and Asiedu, A. B. (2011). An assessment of residents' housing satisfaction and coping in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Public Health, 19(1): 29-37.

Atari, O., Luginaah, I. and Baxter, J. (2011). "This is the mess that we are living in”: Residents everyday life experiences of living in a stigmatized community. GeoJournal, 76: 483-500.

Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I. and Bezner-Kerr, R. (2010). Deadly divide: Malawi's policy debate on HIV/AIDS and condoms. Policy Sciences, 44(1): 81-102.

Gorey, K. M., Fung, K. Y., Luginaah, I. N., Holowaty, E. J. and Hamm, C. (2010). Income and long-term breast cancer survival: Comparisons of vulnerable urban places in Ontario and California. The Breast Journal, 16: 416-419.

Luginaah, I. Arku, G. and Baiden, P. (2010). Housing and health in Ghana: The psychosocial health impacts of renting a home. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 7: 525-545.

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Hamm, C., Fung, K. Y. and Holowaty, E. J. (2010). Breast cancer care in the United States and Canada: Ecological comparisons of relatively impoverished and affluent urban neighborhoods. Health & Place, 16: 156–163.

Smith, K., Luginaah, I. and Lockridge, A. (2010). ‘Contaminated’ therapeutic landscape: The case of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Ontario, Canada. Geography Research Forum, 30: 83-102.

Tomkpins, J. W., Luginaah, I. N., Booth, G. L. and Harris, S. B. (2010). The Geography of diabetes in London, Canada: The need for local level policy for prevention and management. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 7: 2407-2422.

Luginaah, I., Smith, K. and Lockridge, A. (2010). Surrounded by Chemical Valley and “Living in a Bubble”: Health impacts and coping strategies of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Ontario. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 53(3): 353-370.

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Fung, K. Y., Bartfay, E., Hamm, C., Wright, F. C., Balagurusamy, M., & Holowaty, E. J. (2010). Association of physician supply with breast cancer survival in Ontario. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 23(1): 104-108.

Atari, O., Luginaah, I. and Fung, K. (2009). The Relationship between Odour Annoyance Scores and Modelled Ambient Air Pollution in Sarnia, “Chemical Valley”, Ontario. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 6: 2655-2675.

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Holowaty, E. J., Fung, K. Y., and Hamm, C. (2009). Wait times for initial surgical and adjuvant treatment of breast cancer in Canada and the United States: Evidence of greater socioeconomic inequity in America. Clinical and Investigative Medicine, 32(3): E239-E249.

Atari, O.and Luginaah, I. (2009). Assessing the distribution of volatile organic compounds using land use regression in Sarnia, "Chemical Valley", Ontario, Canada. Environmental Health, 8: 16.

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Holowaty, E. J., Fung, K. Y. and Hamm, C. (2009). Association of physician supplies with breast cancer stage at diagnosis and survival in Ontario, 1988 to 2006. Cancer, 115: 3563-3570.

Luginaah, I. N. (2009). Health Geography in Canada: Where are we headed? The Canadian Geographer, 53(1): 89-97.

Miller, L., Xu, X. and Luginaah, I. (2009). Spatial variability of VOC concentrations in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A. 72: 1-15.

An, L., Nkurunziza, S., Fung, K. Y., Krewski, D. and Luginaah, I. (2009). Shrinkage estimation in general linear models. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 53(7): 2537-2549.

Gorey, K. M., Luginaah, I. N., Holowaty, E. J., Fung, K.Y. and Hamm, C. (2009). Breast cancer survival in Ontario and California, 1998 to 2006: Socioeconomic inequality remains much greater in America. Annals of Epidemiology, 19: 121-124.

Gorey, K.M., Luginaah, I.N., Schwartz, K.L., Fung, K.Y., Balagurusamy, M., Bartfay, E., Wright, F.C., Anucha, U. and Parsons R.R. (2009). Increased racial group breast cancer care and survival differentials in America: Historical evidence consistent with a health insurance hypothesis, 1975 to 2001. Breast Cancer Research Treatment, 113: 595-600.

Atari, O., Luginaah, I., Xu, I. and Fung, K. (2008). Spatial variability of ambient nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide in Sarnia, “Chemical Valley”, Ontario, Canada. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A. 71: 1572-1581.

Luginaah, I.N. (2008). Local Gin (Akpeteshie) and HIV/AIDS in the upper west region of Ghana: The need for preventive health policy. Health & Place, 14: 804-814.

Gorey, K.M., Fung, K.Y., Luginaah, I.N., Bartfay, E., Hamm, C., Wright, F.C., Balagurusamy, M., Mohammad, A., Holowaty, E. and Tang, K.X. (2008). Cancer survival in Ontario, 1986 to 2003: Evidence of equitable advances across most diverse urban and rural places. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 99(1): 12-16.

Chapters in Books

Mason, S. A., Walker, C., Baxter, J. and Luginaah, I. (2016). Reflections on praxis. In Fenton, N. E., & Baxter, J. (Eds.), Practicing Qualitative Methods in Health Geographies (pp. 54-72). Routeledge: London.

Armah, F. A., Luginaah, I., Hambati, H., Chuenpagdee, R., and Campbell, G. (2016) Evaluating Differences in Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation Between the Poor and Nonpoor in Coastal Tanzania. In Innovation in Climate Change Adaptation (pp. 365-388). Springer International Publishing.

Bezner-Kerr, R., Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Lupafya, E., Dakishoni, L., Shumba, L. and Luginaah, I. (2016). Building resilience in African smallholder farming communities through farmer-led agroecological methods. In N. Sekhar (Ed.). Climate Change and Agricultural Development: Improving Resilience Through Climate Smart Agriculture, Agroecology and Conservation (p.109-130). London: Routledge.

Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Hickey, C., Lupafya, E., Dakishoni, L., Bezner-Kerr, R., Nyirenda, B., Nkhonya, Z., Luginaah, I., Katundu, M. and Gondwe, G. A farmer-to-farmer agroecological approach to addressing food security in Malawi. In T. Wakeford, M. Chang and C. Anderson (Eds.). Everyday Experts: How people’s knowledge can transform the food system. Coventry University, United Kingdom. Forthcoming.

Luginaah, I.N., Oiamo, T., Armah, F.A. (2013) 'Environmental Health Geography' in The Wiley-Blackwell Encylopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society.

Luginaah, I.N., Weis, T., Galaa, S., Nkrumah, M.K., Bezner-Kerr, R. and Bagah, D. (2009) 'Environment, Migration, and Food Security in the Upper West Region of Ghana' in Environment and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Managing an Emerging Crisis ed I.N. Luginaah and E.K. Yanful (Springer: Netherlands) 25-38.

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students Year Title
R. Antabe
Current HIV Vulnerability and Resilience among Heterosexual African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) men in London, Ontario, Canada 
K. Atuoye Current Large-scale Land Acquisitionsin Tazania: Qualifying the Food Security and Human Health Impacts
E. Huner
Current t.b.a.
M. Kansanga Current Environment and health
D. Kpienbaareh Current Application or remote sensing and GIS to food security studies
R. Ragetlie Current Food security and gender in Benin
S. Vercillo
2018 The Differentiation of Smallholer Farming and Household Food Responsibilities in Northern Ghana
S. Mason 2017 Emerging Views of the Rural Landscape in Ontario: A Case Study of the Siting of a Regional Biosolid Processing Facility in Southgate Township
L. Osei
2017 Poverty, Unemployment, and Youth Empowerment in Africa Mining Communities: The Case of Ghana
E. Andoniou 2016 Probiotic Yoghourt for Health, Nutrition and Women's Empowerment in Kenya: A Community-based Approach
M. Ung 2016 Assessing Climate Change Adaptation and Health in Coastal Cambodia
F. Armah 2015 Environment and human health risk assessment in Tanzania
V. Kuuire
2015 Impacts of Transnational Activities on Immigrant Integration: A look at Transnational Activities and Housing Consumption Patterns in Canada
J. Tobias
2015 "We are the Land": Researching Environmental Repossession with Anishinaabe Elders
T. Oiamo
2014 Environment and Health Impacts in the Vicinity of Major Traffic Pollution: A Comparison of Relocates and Non-Relocates
J. Dixon 2014 The Impact of Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme in the Upper West Region: Helping the Poor or Leaving them Behind
P. Mkandawire 2011 Vulnerability of Adolescent Orphans in HIV Infection in Malawi
O. Atari 2009 Community Health Study in Sarnia, Chemical Valley, Ontario
MA Students Year Title
D. Kosmack Current Policy development; health outcomes
S. Phillips Current The relationships between food security, HIV/AIDS, and gender in Malawi
F. Anfaara 2018 Health Perceptions of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) Transmission in Upper West Region of Ghana
J. Baada 2017 A gendered perspective on the lived experiences of migrant women farmers in the Brong-Ahafo region of Ghana
J. Braimah 2017 CHPS and Maternal Health in U/WR
C. Thayer 2017 Exploring women's perceptions and experiences of 'home' as a place of birth in London, Ontario
R. Antabe
2016 Environment and Health Perceptions in the Vicinity of Surface Mining Concessions in the Upper West Region of Ghana
K. Atuoye 2015 Relationship between Household Food Insecurity and Health in the Upper West Region of Ghana
E. Eyles 2015 An economic and locational analysis of probiotic yogurt kitchens in Mwanza, Tanzania
J. Kangmennaang 2015 Impact of Agroecology Adoption, Migration and Remittance Receipt on Household Welfare
G. Tuyisenge 2015 Mothers’ Perceptions and Experiences of Accessing Maternal Health Care : Exploring the Role of Community Health Workers and Continuing Professional Development in Rwanda
A. Rishworth 2014 Women's navigation of reproductive care in the context of Ghana's National Health
V. Kuuire
2011 Food Security Situation of Migrant Farmers in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana
J. Tobias
2010 Embodied political ecologies of health: Examining the relationship between alcohol misuse and hepatitis in the Upper West Region of Ghana
R. Wasley 2009 HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Ukraine: Examining the Attitudes and Perceptions of State Orphans in Internaty
J. Howson 2009 Socioeconomic determinants of health and diabetes mellitus: Understanding relationships at the neighbourhood level in London, Canada
M. Whaling 2008 Assessing community perceptions of the likely impact of a probiotic yogurt project on community relations and health in Mahina District, Mwanza Tanzania
B. Curry 2008 Geographies of Infant Feeding Decisions
K. Smith 2006 Contaminated Therapeutic Landscape: Perceptions of the Aamjiwnaang First Nations
T. Landry 2004 Community strategies for HIV/AIDS care and support in Nyanza, Kenya (University of Windsor)
MSc Students Year Title
J. Bigirimana Current Community health, Maternal health and Mental health
G. Bruser Cuurent Geographic distribution of infectious disease in in Sub-Saharan Africa
I. Konkor Current Housing and urbanization
J. Were
Current Adolescent Health
J. Tjhin 2018 Space-Time Analysis of Breast Cancer in Middlesex County Between 2003 and 2013
H. Woods 2016 The Contribution of Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) to Community Sustainability and Health in the Upper West Region of Ghana
F. Mambulu
2014 Agricultural Interventions as a Means to Food Security: Experiences of HIV/AIDS affected Household
S. Mason 2013 Upgrade from Master's Program to PhD Program
E. Chilanga
2013 Assessing the Impact of Nutrition Education on Gender Roles and Child Care in Northern Malawi
T. Oiamo 2011 Upgrade from Master's Program to PhD Program
J. Tobias
2010 Embodied political ecologies of health: Examining the relationship between alcohol misuse and hepatitis in the Upper West Region of Ghana
E. Andoniou 2007 Predictors of sexual behaviour change among men in the context of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Nigeria
A. Khurshid 2007 Perceived health effects of a Chemical Valley: a perusal of Sarnia, Ontario
C. Wills 2003 Association of ambient air pollution levels with respiratory hospitalization in Windsor, Ontario
University of Windsor
Y. Li 2002 Association between variations in newborn length of stay and readmission rate in the 49 counties of Ontario
University of Windsor


GEO 2430 - Public Health and Environment
GEO 3431 - Geography of Health and Health Care
GEO 9107 - Environment and Health