Razak M. Gyasi

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

ABOUT Razak M. Gyasi

Dr. Razak Gyasi is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Aging and Development Unit (ADU). His research focuses on the intersection of social policies and development agendas with particular emphasis on aging dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa. His core research interests include aging and health, social protection for older people, and behavioral change and health seeking-behavior among older people.

Razak is currently working on the development of a landmark report on aging in Africa, which ADU is to produce in partnership with the US Census Bureau as well as on Packard Agriculture and Gender research dealing with an engagement of older women and men in SSA’s agriculture.

Razak received his PhD in Social Policy and a doctoral minor in Sociology (2018) from Lingnan University in Hong Kong. He obtained a Master of Philosophy (2015) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree (2010) in Medical and Health Geographies from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. Razak also holds Certificates in Learning and Teaching Development Studies (2016) from the Teaching and Learning Center, Lingnan University and an Advanced Diploma in Education (Adv.Dip.Edu) and Teacher’s Certificate “A” from University of Cape Coast.

Before joining APHRC, Razak held Part-time Lecturer and Senior Research Assistant positions at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University. He also worked as Research Assistant at the Department of Geography and Rural Development, KNUST and as an instructor in the Ghana Education Service (GES). Razak received a competitive funding award from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria) for his Master’s course and has been a Fellow of both institutes since 2013. He is also an Associate of the Center for Social Policy and Social Change, Lingnan University.

Razak has published extensively on aging and health issues, complementary and integrative medicine, health promotion and health services research. He holds an editorial position in SAGE Open and as an Associate Editor at BMC Public Health. Razak serves as a regular Ad-hoc Reviewer for numerous scientific journals including Journals of Gerontology Series B, Heath and Place, Journal of Aging and Health, Research on Aging, BMJ Global Health, PLoS One, Global Public Health, Journal of Public Health, European Journal of Integrative Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Journal of Urban Health. His profile can be found on Google scholar and publications on Research Gate

Razak believes that a person’s socioeconomic and health circumstances in later life are, in large part, a result of cumulative exposures and behaviors over the life course. Healthy lifestyles in earlier parts of life are thus key and need to be harnessed to ensure a healthy and engaged older age. Such a life course perspective must inform Africa’s aging agenda more explicitly.