Vondolia, Godwin

Godwin Kofi Vondolia is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Applied Economics of the School of Economics, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He has an MSc in Development and Resource Economics from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and a Ph.D. Economics from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Before joining the University of Cape Coast, Vondolia worked as a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research and UiT-The Arctic University of Norway, and an economic advisor at the United Nations Environment Programme.

Research interest

The research areas of Vondolia are Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics, and Agricultural Economics. Specifically, his research uses stated preference methods to value non-market goods and services including marine ecosystem services, urban water provision, invasive species, cultural heritages, irrigation water provisioning; and develops bioeconomic models for sustainable fisheries management. His current research is investigating invasive species management and designing insurance to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters.


Supervising 4 PhDs and 6 MPhil students with more than a dozen undergraduate theses.

Grants and consultancy

  • Regulatory Compliance in Small Scale Fisheries in Vietnam and Ghana.
  • Ecosystem-based management of marine resources in Ghana, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
  • Participatory modeling of ecosystem-based management of invasive crabs.
  • Conspiring to violate fishing regulation: The case of Saiko fishing in Ghana.
  • Preferences for water privatization in urban areas of Ghana.
  • Consultancy services on green economy (UNEP, IDRC).

Policy engagement

Economic advisor on green economy advisory services with a focus on Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa at United Nations Environment Programme.

International/national recognition

Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Review Editor, Aquatic Foods of the Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.

People | 8 May 2020