Franklin Obeng-Odoom is the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science Associate Professor with Global Development Studies at the University of Helsinki in Finland. He is a Fellow of the Teachers' Academy, the highest recognition bestowed on distinguished teachers at the university. A winner of the global Deborah Gerner Innovative Teaching Award for 'effective...pedagogy that engages students with issues of war, peace, identity, sovereignty, security, and sustainability - economic, environmental, or ethical - as they are evolving in the 21st century', Dr. Obeng-Odoom previously taught at various universities in Australia, including the University of Technology Sydney where he was Director of Higher Degree Research Programmes.
Obeng-Odoom's research and teaching interests are centred on the political economy of development, urban and regional economics, natural resources and the environment, fields in which he has published six sole-authored books; including Property, Institutions, and Social Stratification in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2020), The Commons in an Age of Uncertainty: Decolonizing Nature, Economy, and Society (University of Toronto Press, 2021), and Global Migration Beyond Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Political Economy (Oxford University Press, 2022). Obeng-Odoom is the Global South Editor of Housing Studies, Editor-in-Chief of the African Review of Economics and Finance, and Series Editor of the Edinburgh Studies in Urban Political Economy. He serves on the Executive Council of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.
The recipient of a number of reputable research awards, Obeng-Odoom is an Inaugural International Social Science Council World Social Science Fellow and, in 2015, was elected to the Fellowship of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, becoming the youngest Fellow of the oldest learned society in postcolonial Africa. Dr. Obeng-Odoom has won the Patrick J. Welch Award from the Association for Social Economics for his research in social economics and the Kapp Prize for research in ecological political economy that exemplifies the work of K.W. Kapp and best demonstrates the theoretical perspectives of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy.