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Dr. Ophelia Soliku is a Fellow at ARIN. She is a lecturer in the Department of Community Development, University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Wa, Ghana, an offshoot of the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. She is a Development Planner with expertise in Environmental Policy and Governance. She holds a PhD in Forest and Environmental Governance from the University of Freiburg, Germany, a Masters in Development Planning and Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and a BA in Development Studies from the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana.

Ophelia’s research interests focus on the interrelationships between nature conservation, conservation conflicts and co-management of natural resources/terrestrial protected areas; climate change, gender and livelihoods sustainability; environmental policy processes and environmental governance.