Geological, Environmental, Earth & Space Sciences
Dr. Isaac Luginaah is a professor of geography at the University of Western Ontario, and was a Canada Research Chair in Health Geography (2007-2018). He obtained his PhD from McMaster University, Canada in 2001. His work in North America and Africa has made field-defining theoretical and methodological contributions, addressing impacts of environmental hazards and vulnerabilities in population health. His research in North America (Canada and USA) focuses on the health effects of environmental exposure, and Aboriginal health. In Sub-Saharan Africa where Luginaah's work spans several countries, his research focuses on Health Inequalities, HIV/AIDS and food security among vulnerable populations.
Dr. Luginaah exhibits high standards of excellence and disciplinary engagement that makes him an internationally renowned, prize winning researcher and teacher. In 2003, he received a Research Excellence Award from the University of Windsor, Ontario. In 2008, he was recognized by the Canadian Association of Geographers with the Julian M. Szeicz Award for Early Career Achievement. In 2009 he was honoured as a Faculty Scholar for his research contributions and teaching excellence by The University of Western Ontario. In 2011 he was honoured as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in recognition of his “service above self” in his community and globally. In 2014, he was honoured by the American Association of Geographers – Africa Specialty Group for his Leadership to the premier journal - African Geographical Review. In 2014, Dr. Luginaah was inducted into the College of the Royal Society of Canada. Also, in 2017 he was honoured by the American Association of Geographers with the Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang Distinguish Scholar Award for his contributions to African Geographic Scholarship. Dr. Luginaah has trained 11 PhDs and 26 MA/MSc students.