Joseph Mensah

Department of Geography

Professor

Office: Ross Building, N413A
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 66344
Emailjmensah@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/jmensah

Joseph Mensah is a first-generation African-Canadian intellectual, born and raised in post-colonial Ghana where he did his B.A. in geography, with a minor in philosophy, at the University of Ghana. He immigrated to Canada in 1987 under a Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Scholarship for his MA in geography, after which he completed his PhD (in 1993), also in geography at the University of Alberta under another academic scholarship. He taught at various colleges and universities in British Columbia, including SFU, UBC, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, before taking up an Assistant Professorship at York University in 2002. He became a tenured Associate Professor at York in 2005, and a full Professor of Geography in 2010.

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Professor Mensah is currently the Chair of the Department of Geography at York University; before then, he was the Deputy Director of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples at York University (2010 to 2013); a Board Member of the Center for Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS), from 2011 to 2013; the Coordinator of York University’s International Development Studies (IDS) program (2008 to 2010); and the Undergraduate Program Director for the Atkinson School of Social Sciences from 2005 to 2008. Professor Mensah is a founding member of the University of Ghana Pan African Doctoral Academy (PADA). Sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, PADA runs short-term courses on selected topics for Ph.D. students across Africa. Professor Mensah’s research cuts across a wide range of disciplines, culminating in publications is such diverse and reputable journals as Health Economics, Higher Education, Studies in Political Economy, Housing Studies, Canadian Geographer, and Social Identities. He has written a number of book chapters and books, including the well-received Black Canadians: History, Experience, and Social Conditions, published by Fernwood in 2002 & 2010. With a grant from the Gates Foundation, Professor Mensah led a team of researchers to “Evaluate Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme.” Professor Mensah’s current research focuses on globalization and culture; transnational and return migration; and ethnicity, race, and identity formation. He has received several competitive awards and grants from the likes of SSHRC, the Gates Foundation, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and ILO. Professor Mensah was the recipient of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa’s (CODESRIA) Inaugural Diaspora Visiting Professor Fellowship at the University of Ghana in 2016. Professor Mensah lives in Brampton, Ontario, with his wife, Janet, and their two daughters, Nicole and Cassandra. Professor Mensah is an avid runner and a soccer enthusiast.

Degrees

PhD, University of Alberta
MA, Wilfrid Laurier University
BA, University of Ghana

Professional Leadership

• Keynote Speaker on Africa and the Political Economy of Time-Space Compression: An Overview of Emerging Trends at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Faculty Presentation Series, School of Governance, Leadership and Public Management, April 10, 2008.

• Keynote Speaker on Postmodernism and Philosophies Underlying Social Science Research, Inter-Faculty Lectures, Catholic University College of Ghana, Fiapre, Sunyani, Thursday, April 3, 2008. This same topic was presented, upon invitation, at the Ghana Institute for Statistical, Social, and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, on April 8, 2008.

Community Contributions

• Member and Domain Leader (for Geography, Environmental and Resource Management, Public Health, and Archaeology), the Ghana Diaspora Educational and Professional Network (GDPN), sponsored by the World Bank Institute; based at the University of Calgary under the directorship of Professor Wisdom Tettey (Since July 2006).

• Member, Equity Committee, Canadian Association of Geographers, Since July 1, 2008.

• Vice President, Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (WCAG), September 2001 to August 2002.

Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , transnational and return migration, ethno-racial identity formation, African development

Selected Publications

Mensah, J. (2015) . “The Black, continental African presence and the nation-immigration dialectic in Canada” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. Vol 20, Issue 4-5, pp 279-298. DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2014.997200. (20 pages)

Mensah, J. (2014) . “Black continental African identities in Canada: Exploring the intersections of identity formation and immigrant transnationalism.” Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 48. No. 3. p. 5-29.

Mensah, J. Williams, C. J. (2013) . “Cultural dimensions of African immigrant housing in Toronto: a qualitative insight.” Housing Studies, Vol. 29, No. 3, 1-18.

Mensah, J., Oppong, J.R.; and Schmidt, C. M. (2010) “Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme in the Context of the Health MDGs: An Empirical Evaluations Using Propensity Score Matching” Health Economics, Vol. 19, Issue SI, page 95-106.

Mensah, J. (ed.) . (2008) Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations on the Embattled Continent. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) , 278 pages.

Mensah, J. (2008) Religious transnationalism among Ghanaian immigrants in Toronto: A binary logistic regression analysis” The Canadian Geographer Vol. 52. no. 3, p. 309-330.

Current Research Projects

The Dialectics of Transnational Religious Practices and Identities: The Case of Ghanaian Immigrants in Toronto

Description: 
Mensah, Joseph (2005-2008) Research Project: The Dialectics of Transnational Religious Practices and Identities: The Case of Ghanaian Immigrants in Toronto Role: Principal Investigator Grant Awarded by: SSHRC Standard Research Grant Grant Amount: $84,905

Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator

Funders: 
SSHRC Standard Research Grant

Evaluate Ghana's national health insurance scheme in the context of the health millennium

Description: 
Mensah, Joseph (2007) Research Project: Evaluate Ghana's national health insurance scheme in the context of the health millennium development goals of the United Nations Role: Principal Investigator of a team of five researchers Grant Awarded by: Global Development Network in conjunction with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Amount: $170.000

Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator of a team of five researchers

Funders: 
Global Development Network in conjunction with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

To stay or not to stay: the geographies of immigrant integration, transnationalism, and return intentions among African immigrants in Canada

Description: 
Since the 1990s, a burgeoning literature has emerged on return migration, with several analysts touting the benefits which return migrants have on the development of their countries of origin, especially in Africa, where the impact of a “brain-drain” has been overwhelming. Still, few analysts have examined the factors that influence migrants’ return intentions, and fewer still have explored the interconnections between immigrant integration, transnationalism, and return intentions. Similarly, the literature on how return intentions vary by spatio-temporal variables is scanty. This five-year project examines the return intentions of African immigrants in Canada, drawing on the experiences of Ghanaians and Somalis living in Toronto and Vancouver. By comparing these two immigrant groups in two major Canadian cities, the study seeks to deepen our geographic knowledge on how varying conditions at the country of origin and place of residence affect the return intentions of immigrants. Undoubtedly, the return outlooks of immigrants have some bearing on their loyalty, integration, and civic and labour market participation in the host country—therein lies the need for the host society to have some insights into this nexus.

Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Mar  Year: 2017
End Date:  Month: Mar  Year: 2022

Funders: 
SSHRC Insight Grant

Selected Publications

Mensah, J. (2015) . “The Black, continental African presence and the nation-immigration dialectic in Canada” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. Vol 20, Issue 4-5, pp 279-298. DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2014.997200. (20 pages)

Mensah, J. (2014) . “Black continental African identities in Canada: Exploring the intersections of identity formation and immigrant transnationalism.” Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 48. No. 3. p. 5-29.

Mensah, J. Williams, C. J. (2013) . “Cultural dimensions of African immigrant housing in Toronto: a qualitative insight.” Housing Studies, Vol. 29, No. 3, 1-18.

Mensah, J., Oppong, J.R.; and Schmidt, C. M. (2010) “Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme in the Context of the Health MDGs: An Empirical Evaluations Using Propensity Score Matching” Health Economics, Vol. 19, Issue SI, page 95-106.

Mensah, J. (ed.) . (2008) Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations on the Embattled Continent. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) , 278 pages.

Mensah, J. (2008) Religious transnationalism among Ghanaian immigrants in Toronto: A binary logistic regression analysis” The Canadian Geographer Vol. 52. no. 3, p. 309-330.

All Publications

Books

Mensah, J. (2010: 2nd Edition) , Black Canadians: History, Experience, Social Conditions (Halifax: Fernwood Publishing), 293 pages.

Mensah, J. (ed.) . (2008) Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations on the Embattled Continent. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) , 278 pages.

Mensah, J. (ed.) (2006) Understanding Economic Reforms in Africa: A Tale of Seven Nations (Brunel Road, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hants UK: Palgrave).

Osei Prempeh; Mensah, J. and Adjibolosoo, S. (eds.) (2004) Globalization and the Human Factor: Critical Insights, (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing), 192 pages.

Mensah, J. (2002) , Black Canadians: History, Experience, Social Conditions (Halifax: Fernwood Publishing), 292 pages. (Listed in Quill & Quire’s Books for Everybody, Fall 2002)

Book Chapters

Mensah, J. (2015) . “Globalization and New Christian Geographies in Africa: A Cautionary Optimism amidst Growing Afropessimism.” In Eunice Sahle (ed). Globalization and Socio-Cultural Processes in Contemporary Africa (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) Chapter 4 (32pages).

Agyei-Mensah, S.; Yaro, J.; Mensah, J. 2014. “Change and continuity in the practice and development of Geography in Ghana” In Samuel Agyei-Mensah, S. et al., (eds.), Changing Perspectives on Social Sciences in Ghana (Heidelberg: Springer Publication) pp 51-74.

Roger Koranteng and Joseph Mensah (Dec. 2010), “Selecting Governance Indicators” in Jones-Parry (ed), Commonwealth Good Governance: Developing Capacity in the Public Sector (London: The Commonwealth Secretariat and Nexus Strategic Partnerships) (ISBN: 978-0-9563060-3-6 (pp. 14-20).

Mensah, J. (Dec. 2010) “The Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme and the Health Care Needs of Ghanaians,” in Korbla Puplampu and Wisdom Tettey (eds.). The Public Sphere and the Politics of Survival: Voice, Sustainability and Public Policy in Ghana (Accra: Woeli Publishing Service), pp. 163-181.

Mensah, J. and Bridi, R. (2010) . “Canadian Immigration under Conditions of Globalization and Transnationality” in Timothy P. McCauley and Janice Hill (eds.), Canadian Society: Global Perspective (Whitby, ON: de Sitter Publications) p. 167-189.

Mensah, J. & Firang, D. (2009) “The African Diaspora in Montréal and Halifax: A Comparative Overview of the Entangled Burdens of Race, Class, and Space” in J.W. Frazier; J.T. Darden; and NF Henry (eds.). The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century (Binghamton, NY: Global Academic Publishing), pp. 59-72.

Mensah, J. 2008. “Introduction: Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa” In J. Mensah (ed.) Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations on the Embattled Continent (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 1-14.

Mensah, J. 2008. “Africa and the Political Economy of Time-Space Compression and Space of Flows: Unfashionable Observations” In J. Mensah (ed.) Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations on the Embattled Continent (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 113-134.

Mensah, J. and Oppong-Koranteng Roger 2008. “Neoliberalism Globalization and Africa: Recurrent Themes and A Way Forward” In J. Mensah (ed.) Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations on the Embattled Continent (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 267-270

Mensah, J. (2008) Entries on the ILO (p. 272-283), IMF (p. 284-297), World Bank (p. 434-449) in Philip A. O’Hare (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Public Policy: Governance and Development.

Mensah, J. & Aidoo, Richard (2006) “Economic Community of West African States: Achievements and Problems” In Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang and Kwamina Panford (eds.) Africa’s Development in the 21st Century: Pertinent Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges (Aldershot: Ashgate), pp. 89-108.

Mensah, J. (2006) “Introduction: Understanding Economic Reforms in Africa” (pp.1-15); “Early Reformers: Introduction” (p.19-21); “Late Reformers: Introduction” (pp167-170); “Conclusion: Bringing it all together” (pp.269-275) in MENSAH, J. (ed.) Understanding Economic Reforms in Africa: A Tale of Seven Nations (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire & New York: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., 2006).

Mensah, J.; Oppong-Koranteng, R.; Frempah-Yeboah, K. (2006) . Understanding Economic Reforms: The Case of Ghana in Mensah, J. (ed) . Understanding Economic Reforms in Africa: The Tale of Seven Nations (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire & New York: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., 2006) pp. 106-130.

Mensah, J. & Aidoo, R. (2006) “Economic Community of West African States: Achievements and Problems” In Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang and Kwamina Panford (eds.) Africa’s Development in the 21st Century: Pertinent Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges (Aldershot: Ashgate), pp. 89-108.

Mensah (2006): 12 entries on African Development Bank [ADB] (p. 4-6); Common Market for Eastern and Southern African [COMESA] (p. 369-72); Desertification (p. 452-55); Economic Commission for Africa [ECA] (p. 528-530); Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] (p.533-37); Ghana (p. 699-702); Kenneth Kaunda (p. 899-891); Kwame Nkrumah (p.1145-47); Organization of African Unity [OAU/AU] (1202-1205); Idi Amin; Southern African Development Community SADC] (p. 1470-71); Desmond Tutu (p. 1580-81); West Africa: History and Economic Development (p. 1693-98). In Thomas Leonard Encyclopedia of the Developing World, edited by (London: Routledge).

Mensah, J. (2005) 4 entries on, African Development Bank (ADB)(p.6); Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS) (p.178-89); Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (p.500); Race and Racism (p.79-80). In Tim Forsyth Encyclopedia of International Development (London: Routledge).

Mensah, J. (2005) : 4 entries on: Alberta (p.76-77); Manitoba (p.573-74); Saskatchewan (p.868-690); Yukon (p.1097-99). In Will Kaufman and H.S. McPherson Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia, (London: ABC-CLIO).

Mensah, J. (2004) “Integrating culture into globalization and development theory: A human factor approach” In E.O.K. Prempeh, J. Mensah, and S. Adjibolosoo (eds.) Globalization and the Human Factor: Critical Insights (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate), pp. 51-66.

Prempeh, E.O.K; Mensah, J. and Adjibolosoo (2004) “Introduction: The globalization-development debate: the need for a paradigm shift” E.OK Prempeh; J. Mensah; and S. Adjibolosoo (eds.) Globalization and the Human Factor: Critical Insights (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate), p.1-8.

Mensah, J. & Firang, D. (2000) “The condition of human well-being in Africa: Revisiting the Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI).” In Senyo Adjibolosoo (ed.). The Human Factor in Shaping the Course of History and Development. (University Press of America) , p.111-135.

Mensah, J., & Ironside, R.G. (1994) . “Employment opportunities of the urban poor: An assessment of the spatial constraints and the mismatch hypothesis.” In J. Andrey and G. Nelson (eds.), Public Issues: A Geographic Perspective. Canadian Association of Geographers’ Public Issues Monograph #2. (Waterloo: University of Waterloo Press), p.111-131.

Oppong, J.R. & Mensah, J (1994) “The Canadian health care system: Lessons from Alberta.” In S.B. Eve; B. Havens; and S.R. Ingman (eds.). The Canadian Health Care System: Lessons for the United States (Denton: University of North Texas Press), 182-201. Also published by the University Press of America under the same article and book titles p.173-192.

Journal Articles

Mensah, J. and Williams, C. J. (2015) . “Seeing/being double: how African immigrants in Canada balance their ethno-racial and national identities.” African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, Vol.8, No.1, 39-54.

Mensah, J. (2015) . “The Black, continental African presence and the nation-immigration dialectic in Canada” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. Vol 20, Issue 4-5, pp 279-298. DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2014.997200. (20 pages)

Mensah, J. 2014 “The global financial crisis and access to health care in Africa” Africa Today, Vol. 60, No. 3 (Spring), pp. 34-54.

Mensah, J. (2014) . “Black continental African identities in Canada: Exploring the intersections of identity formation and immigrant transnationalism.” Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 48. No. 3. p. 5-29.

Mensah, J. and Williams, C.J. (2013) . “Ghanaian and Somali immigrants in Toronto’s rental market: a comparative cultural perspective of housing issues and coping strategies” Canadian Ethnic Studies, Vol. 45, No. 1-2, pp 125-51.

Barimah, K.B. and Mensah, J. (2013) . “Ghana’s National Health Insurance: insights from members, administrators, and health care providers.” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Vol. 24, No.3, pp. 438-455. Aug. pp. 1378-1390. DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0144.

Mensah, J. Williams, C. J. (2013) . “Cultural dimensions of African immigrant housing in Toronto: a qualitative insight.” Housing Studies, Vol. 29, No. 3, 1-18.

Frempong, G., Ma, X., and Mensah, J. (2012) . “Access to postsecondary education: can schools compensate for socioeconomic disadvantage?” Higher Education, Vol. 63. DOI 10.1007/s10734-011-9422-2. pp. 19-32.

Mensah, J., Williams, C.J., & Aryee, E. (2012) “Gender, power, and religious transnationalism among the African diaspora in Canada.” African Geographical Review, Vol. 31. No. 2. Doi: 10.1080/1937 6812.2012.734249 pp. 1-14.

Mensah, J., Oppong, J.R.; and Schmidt, C. M. (2010) “Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme in the Context of the Health MDGs: An Empirical Evaluations Using Propensity Score Matching” Health Economics, Vol. 19, Issue SI, page 95-106.

Mensah, J. (2009) “Doing Religion” Overseas: The Characteristics and Functions of Ghanaian Immigrants Churches in Toronto, Canada” Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Science. Volume 4, pp. 21-44.

Mensah, J. (2008) Religious transnationalism among Ghanaian immigrants in Toronto: A binary logistic regression analysis” The Canadian Geographer Vol. 52. no. 3, p. 309-330.

Mensah, J. (2008) “The African Immigrant Church and the Settlement and Integration of Africans in Canada: Preliminary Observations” Direction: Research and Policy on Eliminating Racism Canadian Race Relation Foundation. Vol 4 No 2 Winter., p. 83-88.

Mensah, J. & Firang, David. (2007) . “The heterogeneity of Blacks in Ontario and the racial discrimination boomerang” Our Diverse Cities/Nos diverses cités, No. 4, Fall, p. 20-25.

Mensah, J. (2006) “Cultural dimensions of globalization in Africa: A dialectical interpenetration of the local and the global” Studies in Political Economy. Vol. 77 (Spring), pp. 57-83.

Mensah, J. (2004-2006) “Official multiculturalism in Canada: A critique of prevailing criticism” International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Vol. 4., p. 1139-1149; online version at: www.Diversity-Journal.com.

Edwards, R; Wu, S.C; Mensah, J. (2005) “City Profile: Georgetown, Guyana” CITIES: International Journal of Urban Policy and Panning, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 446-454.

Mensah, J. and Fredua-Antoh, E. (2005) “Reflections on women’s indigenous organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa: A comparative study from the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.” Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 26(1): 82-101.

Mensah, J. (2005) “On the ethno-cultural heterogeneity of Blacks in our ‘EthniCities’” Canadian Issues, (Spring) pp. 72-77.

Mensah, J. (2004: Guest Editor) “Human factor theory and practice: An introduction to a critical interrogation” Review of Human Factor Studies [Special Edition] Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 1-6.; and “The human factor framework: A Preliminary synthesis of claims and counterclaims” in the same Volume, pp. 168-184.

Mensah, J. & W. Rupananda (2002). "Exploring the impacts of structural adjustment programs on the provision of selected economic and social services in rural Sri Lanka" Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development

Rupanana, W. & Mensah, J. (2002) , “Structural adjustment programs and rural agricultural economy: The case study of the Monaragala District of Sri Lanka,” Regional Development Studies, p. 119-137.

Mensah, J. & Rupananda, W. (2002) , “Exploring the impacts of structural adjustment programs on the provision of selected economic and social services in rural Sri Lanka,” Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development (APJORD) Vol. 12:1 p. 32-51.

Adjibolosoo, S. & Mensah, J. (1998) , “Demographic profile and settlement problems of African immigrants in the Vancouver Metropolitan Area of British Columbia: A human factor assessment,” Review of Human Factor Studies 4:2 p. 32-63.

Mensah, J. (1997) , “Colonialism and human factor degradation in Africa,” Review of Human Factor Studies. 3:1 p. 46-64.

Mensah, J. (1996) , “Treaty negotiations in British Columbia: The utility of geographic information management techniques,” Canadian Journal of Native Studies Vol. 16:1 p.1-14.

Mensah, J. (1995) , “Geography, aboriginal land claims and self-government in Canada,” International Journal of Canadian Studies 12 p.261-275.

Mensah, J. (1995) , “Low income housing, employment opportunities, and perceptions of the urban poor,” Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, TESG, (Journal of Economic and Social Geography) Vol. 86:4 p. 368-381.

Mensah, J. (1995) , “Journey to work and job search characteristics of the urban poor: A gender analysis of a survey data from Edmonton, Alberta,” Transportation: An International Journal Devoted to the Improvement of Transportation Planning and Practice 22 p. 1- 19.

Mensah, J. (1994) , “Gender, spatial constraints, and the employment activities of low income people in a local labour market,” Canadian Journal of Urban Research (CJUR) 3:2 p. 113-133.

Mensah, J. & Whitney, A.H. (1992) “Urban environmental perception and behaviour in Africa: What gender engenders,” International Journal of Environmental Studies 40 p.141-149.

Mensah, J. and A.H. Whitney (1991). Some Third World environmental perception and behaviour concerning urban waste: A survey of Techiman, Ghana. The Canadian Geographer

Mensah, J. & Whitney, A.H. (1991) , “Some Third World environmental perception and behaviour concerning urban waste: A survey of Techiman, Ghana,” The Canadian Geographer 35:2 p. 156-165.

Conference Papers

Mensah, J. and Oppong, JR. 2009. “Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme: Comparing the Socioeconomic and Health Characteristics of Women Members and Non-Members” A paper presented to the XIIIth International Symposium in Medical Geography, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, July 12-17.

Mensah, J. 2009 Evaluating a National Health Insurance Scheme through Quasi-Experimentation. A paper presented at the Annual Conferences of the Canadians Association of Geographers, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, May 26-30.

Mensah, J. 2009. “Gender and Religion in the Context of the African Diaspora in Canada: Emerging themes from a Study of Ghanaian Immigrant Churches.” A paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, May 4-7.

Mensah, J. and Oppong JR. 2009. “Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme and the Health MDGs: An Empirical Evaluation with Propensity Score Matching.” A paper presented as part of a special session on ‘Environment and Health: Lessons Learned from Diseases and Intervention Programs in Africa’ at the Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Las Vegas, Nevada, Wed. March 25.

Oppong, JR and Mensah, J. 2009. “Maternity Protection and Health Insurance in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania.” A paper presented as part of a special session on ‘Environment and Health: Lessons Learned from Diseases and Intervention Programs in Africa’ at the Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Las Vegas, Nevada, Wed. March 25.

Mensah, J. and Oppong, JR. 2009, “An Evaluation of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Schemes: Major Findings.” A paper presented as part of GDN Workshop on Global Health, York Royal Hotel, York, United Kingdom, January 15-19, 2009.

Mensah, J. 2009. “Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme and the Health MDGs: An Empirical Evaluation with Propensity Score Matching” A paper presented at the Development Seminar, Graduate Program in Development Studies, York University, Nov 12, 2009.

Mensah, J. 2009. One of two Presenters, Atkinson-Arts Workshop on Non-Tri-Council Funding for the Social Sciences, Wednesday, April 22 York University. TEL 2114.

Mensah, J. 2009. One of seven participants, Roundtable Discussion on Social Justice with York University’s Chancellor Roy McMurtry, Engaging Research, Atkinson Research Celebration Day, Tuesday, April 14, 2009, CIBC Lobby, Accolade East.

Mensah, J. 2009. Participant Knowledge Mobilization Workshop, Le Parc Conference and Banquet Markham, Friday, Feb 6, 2009

Mensah, J. 2009. Theorizing/Methodizing Place under Conditions of Tansnationality and Deterritorialization. A presentation to a Special Roundtable on Theorizing/Methodizing Place,” organized by Kevin Dejesus for the at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, May 27.

Mensah, J. 2008. “Methodological Considerations and Preliminary Findings: Evaluating the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme” A paper presented to the 9th Annual Global Development Conference, Workshop # 8: Promoting Innovative Programs from Developing World: Towards Realizing the health MDGs in the Africa and Asia, Citigate Sebel Hotel, Brisbane, Australia. January 29-February 2.

Mensah, J. Williams, C. and Aryee, E. 2008. “Gender, Religious Transnationalism and the African Diaspora in Canada” A paper presented at a Conference on Transnationalism and the African Diaspora in Canada, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, November 6-9, 2008.

Mensah, J and Oppong, JR. “Empirical Evaluation of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Schemes” Paper presented at the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI), Essen, Germany (upon a special invitation by Professor Christoph Schmidt, President of RWI) August 3-8, 2008

Mensah, J. “An Evaluation of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme in the Context of the Health Millennium Development Goals.” A paper presented at a Special Workshop at the 8th Annual Global Development Conference, Beijing, China, January 13-19, 2007.

Mensah, J. “Doing Religion Overseas: The Characteristics and Social Functions of Ghanaian Immigrant Churches in Toronto, Canada” A paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) Conference, San Francisco, California, April 17-21, 2007.

Frempong, G.; Mensah, J; an MA XIN “Access to Postsecondary Education: Can Quality Schools Compensate for Socioeconomic Disadvantage?” A Paper Presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economic Association (CEA), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June1-3, 2007.

Mensah, J. and Frempong, G. 2007. “Propensity Score Matching and the Evaluation of Health Insurance Schemes” Paper presented at a special invited workshop in conjunction with Global Development Network’s 5th Annual Global Research on Health, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI), Essen, Germany, May 11-13, 2007.

Mensah, J. 2007. Conference Rapporteur and Participant. “Leadership, Learning Institutes and Public Services.” A Conference of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM), at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana. November 7-9

Mensah, J. “Transnational Religious Practices and Identities among Ghanaian Immigrants in Toronto: A Preliminary Commentary.” A paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), Chicago IL, March 7-11, 2006.

Mensah, J. “Official Multiculturalism in Canada: Critique of Prevailing Criticism” Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Diversity in Organization, Communities and Nations, UCLA, Los Angeles. July 6-9, 2004.

Mensah, J. & Aidoo, Richard (2004) “Regional Economic Integration and Development: The ECOWAS Experience.” A Paper Presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers at Université de Moncton, Moncton, N.B. May 25 – 29.

Mensah, J. (2004) “Insights into Ghana’s Structural Adjustment Programmes.” A Paper Presented at the 5th Annual Global Development Conference, New Delhi, India, January 24 - 30.

Chaired a conference session on “A Conceptual Dialogue with Data,” Gender & Work Database Conference, York University, Toronto, September 30 to October 2, 2004.

Mensah, J. (2003) . “Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): Achievements, Problems and Prospects.” A Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), New Orleans, LA; March 5 - 8.

Mensah, J. (2003) “Understanding Reform: The Case of Ghana.” A Paper Presented at the 4th Annual Global Development Conference, Cairo, Egypt January 14 - 21.

Mensah, J. & Ernestina Fredua Antoh (2001) “Mobilizing Indigenous Women in Sub-Sahara Africa: Women’s Organizations in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana,” A Paper Presented at the Western Conferences of Canadian Association of Geographers (WCAG), University of Calgary March 8 - 10.

Mensah, J. (1998) , “The Condition of Human Well-being in Africa: Revisiting the Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI).” A paper presented at the Western Conferences of Canadian Association of Geographers (WCAG), Kwantlen University College March 12 - 14.

Mensah, J. (1998) , “The Condition of Human Well-being in Africa: Revisiting the Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI).” A paper presented at the Western Conferences of Canadian Association of Geographers (WCAG), Kwantlen University College March 12 - 14.

Mensah, J. (1998) , “Community, Territoriality, and the City: Reasserting the Significance of Space in Social Discourse.” A Paper Presented to the Biennial Meeting of the Western Association of Sociology and Anthropology, hosted by Kwantlen University College at the Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, May 15 - 16, (Chaired of a session on Spatial Approaches to Community and Security).

Mensah, J. (1993) . “Location of Low Income Housing and Employment Opportunities: An Edmonton Case study.” A Paper Presented to the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Carleton University, May 30 - June 8.

Mensah, J & Oppong, J. R. (1993) , “The Canadian Health System: Lessons from Alberta for the United States.” A Paper Presented to the Conference on the Canadian Health Care System: Lessons for the United States held at the University of North Texas Health Science Centre, Fort Worth, Texas, April 2.

Mensah, J. and R.G. Ironside. (1992) . Spatial Constraints and Employment Opportunities of the Urban Poor: An Assessment of the Mismatch Hypothesis.

Mensah, J. and Ironside, R.G. (1992) , “Spatial Constraints and Employment Opportunities of the Urban Poor: An Assessment of the Mismatch Hypothesis.” A paper presented to the Canadian Association of Geographers, Annual Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, May 20 – 24.

Mensah, J. and F.Y. Owusu (1991). Migration and Regional Development in Africa: The Case of the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.

Mensah, J. and Owusu, F.Y. (1991) , “Migration and Regional Development in Africa: The Case of the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.” A paper presented to the Canadian Association of Geographers, Annual Conference, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, June 3 - 8.

Book Reviews

Mensah, J. (2007) . Review of The African Diaspora in Canada: Negotiating Identity and Belonging. Wisdom J. Tettey and Korbla P. Puplampu (eds.) Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 235 pp. New Dawn: Journal of Black Canadian Studies.

Mensah, J. (2003) . Review of Transnationalism and new African Immigration to South Africa, Jonathan Crush and David A. McDonald (eds.). Kingston, Ont.: The South African Migration Project (SAMP) and Canadian Association of African Studies. 185 pp. (Book Review) The Canadian Geographer, Vol. 47, No. 3, p. 356-357.

Mensah, J. (2003) . Review of On Borders: Perspectives on International Migration in Southern Africa, David A. McDonald (ed). New York: St. Martin’s Press. 302 pp. The Canadian Geographer, Vol. 47, No. 3, p. 357-358.

Mensah, J. (2002) . Review of Renewing Social and Economic Progress in Africa, Dharam Ghai (ed.) New York: St. Martin’s Press Inc. 324 pp. (Book Review) Progress in Development Studies, Vol. 2: 1 p. 73-74.

Mensah, J. (2001) . Review of Geography of British Columbia: People and Landscapes in Transition, by Brett McGillivray, Vancouver: UBC Press 235 pp. (Book Review) The Canadian Geographer 45:2 p. 330-31.

Mensah, J. (2000) . Review of Prospering Together: The Economic Impact of the Aboriginal Title Settlements in BC, Roslyn Kunin (ed), Vancouver: The Laurier Institute 304 p, The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Vol. 20:.2 p. 502-503.

Research Reports

Mensah, J.; Morgan, C.; Charles-Fridal, F.; Lovell, A.; Barnes-Drummond, D.; and Philbert, L.; (2005) How do Scarborough Black Youth Access the Health Care System? (A Report by the Black Health Alliance (BHA) , funded by Wellesley Central Health Corporation). (32 pages)

Mensah, J. & Adjibolosoo, S. (2000) . A Practical Solution to the Urban Waste and Sanitation Problems of Techiman, Ghana. Report prepared for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) (20 p.).

Adjibolosoo, S. & Mensah, J. (2000) . A Handbook of Waste Management in Small and Medium-Sized Cities in Africa. A Manual prepared for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) (32 p.).

Mensah, J.; Hamilton, K.; Macnamara, D.; Sato, T.; & Moniz-Lecce, S. (2000) . Exploring Possibilities: Research at Undergraduate Institutions. Report on the Second Annual British Columbia University Colleges Research Conference (Nanaimo, BC). Prepared for Kwantlen University College, Surrey, British Columbia (23 p.).

Policy Papers

Mensah, J. & Adjibolosoo, S. (1998) . Demographic Profile of African Immigrants in the Lower Mainland of BC. Report prepared for the British Columbia Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism and Immigration (Vancouver: Community Liaison Division) (82 p.).

Adjibolosoo, S. & Mensah, J. (1998) . The Provision of Settlement Services to African Immigrants in the Lower Mainland of BC. Report prepared for the British Columbia Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism and Immigration (Vancouver: Community Liaison Division) (68 p.).

Public Lectures

Mensah, J. 2007. Invited Presenter, A Workshop on Health Research Methodology, Organized by the Global Development Network, Cairo, Egypt, August 8-13th, 2007.

Mensah, J. Invited presenter, A Workshop on Finding Funding Beyond the Tri-Councils, Organized by the Atkinson Research Office, York University, Tuesday, July 10, 2007.

Mensah, J. Invited Participant in a “Special Conversation on Canadian Multiculturalism Act”, organized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, as part of 9th National Metropolis Conference, Upper Canada Room, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, 4th March, 2007. Contact person: John Biles.

Mensah, J. Invited participant, African Canadian Social Development Council (ACSDC) Continental African Canadian Community Research and Policy Forum, 215 Spidana Ave. Toronto, April 21, 2007.

Mensah, J. Convener, “Race, Place and Communities under Pressure.” CERIS Grad Students’ Symposium, (Roundtable Discussion), Nov. 10, 2005. @ McLaughlin College, York University.

Mensah, J. “Employment equity in Canada: A government program under siege,” A paper presented to the 5th Annual International Conference in Organization, Communities and Nations, Beijing, China, June 30 to July 3, 2005.

Mensah, J. “Cultural dimensions of globalization in Africa: A dialectical interpenetration of the local and the global A paper presented at Annual Conference

Mensah, J. Mobilizing African Diaspora for Development: The Case of Ghana, World Bank Institute Video-Conference, [York University Site, Lead Presenter] Tuesday May, 24, 2005.

Mensah, J. Invited participant, World Bank Institute’s roundtable discussion on an action plan on Mobilizing African Diaspora for Development, at the World Bank, Washington, DC. June 20-21, 2005 (I chaired a session on “Strengthening Donor Partnership with the African Diaspora).

Guest Speaker on Blacks in Canada, for the Edmonton Public Library’s Celebration of Black History Month, Saturday, February 22, 2003.

Guest Speaker on The Black Presence in Canada, at the University of Alberta (U of A). Upon the invitation of U of A’s Black Students Association, Saturday, February 22, 2003.

Guest Speaker on Race-related Issues in Canadian Education, Vancouver School Board, at Winston Churchill Secondary, Vancouver, Thursday, February 20, 2003.

Guest Speaker on Blacks in Canada, for the Vancouver Public Library’s celebration of Black History Month, at the Vancouver Public Library, Wednesday, February 19, 2003.

Guest Speaker on The Black Presence in Canada: A General Overview, York University Black Students’ Alliance (YUBSA), at Senate Chambers, York University. February 12, 2003

Luncheon Keynote Speaker “Exploring the Links between Employment Equity and Black Education,” 2nd Education Summit of the Council on African Canadian Education, Halifax Citadel Hotel. November 27-28, 2002.

Guest Speaker on Canadian Immigration, Queen Elizabeth High School, Halifax, Friday, November 29, 2002.

Public presentation on “Black Immigration in Canada” at Halifax North Memorial Public Library, organized by the Halifax Regional Library (HRL), November 30, 2002.

Guest Speaker on The Debt Crisis in the Developing World: Cause, Consequences, and Possible Solutions, Department of Economics, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC. April 14, 2000.

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/GEOG3070 6.0  Gender, Population and Migration LECT  


Joseph Mensah is a first-generation African-Canadian intellectual, born and raised in post-colonial Ghana where he did his B.A. in geography, with a minor in philosophy, at the University of Ghana. He immigrated to Canada in 1987 under a Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Scholarship for his MA in geography, after which he completed his PhD (in 1993), also in geography at the University of Alberta under another academic scholarship. He taught at various colleges and universities in British Columbia, including SFU, UBC, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, before taking up an Assistant Professorship at York University in 2002. He became a tenured Associate Professor at York in 2005, and a full Professor of Geography in 2010.


Professor Mensah is currently the Chair of the Department of Geography at York University; before then, he was the Deputy Director of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples at York University (2010 to 2013); a Board Member of the Center for Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS), from 2011 to 2013; the Coordinator of York University’s International Development Studies (IDS) program (2008 to 2010); and the Undergraduate Program Director for the Atkinson School of Social Sciences from 2005 to 2008. Professor Mensah is a founding member of the University of Ghana Pan African Doctoral Academy (PADA). Sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, PADA runs short-term courses on selected topics for Ph.D. students across Africa. Professor Mensah’s research cuts across a wide range of disciplines, culminating in publications is such diverse and reputable journals as Health Economics, Higher Education, Studies in Political Economy, Housing Studies, Canadian Geographer, and Social Identities. He has written a number of book chapters and books, including the well-received Black Canadians: History, Experience, and Social Conditions, published by Fernwood in 2002 & 2010. With a grant from the Gates Foundation, Professor Mensah led a team of researchers to “Evaluate Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme.” Professor Mensah’s current research focuses on globalization and culture; transnational and return migration; and ethnicity, race, and identity formation. He has received several competitive awards and grants from the likes of SSHRC, the Gates Foundation, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and ILO. Professor Mensah was the recipient of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa’s (CODESRIA) Inaugural Diaspora Visiting Professor Fellowship at the University of Ghana in 2016. Professor Mensah lives in Brampton, Ontario, with his wife, Janet, and their two daughters, Nicole and Cassandra. Professor Mensah is an avid runner and a soccer enthusiast.

Degrees

PhD, University of Alberta
MA, Wilfrid Laurier University
BA, University of Ghana

Professional Leadership

• Keynote Speaker on Africa and the Political Economy of Time-Space Compression: An Overview of Emerging Trends at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Faculty Presentation Series, School of Governance, Leadership and Public Management, April 10, 2008.

• Keynote Speaker on Postmodernism and Philosophies Underlying Social Science Research, Inter-Faculty Lectures, Catholic University College of Ghana, Fiapre, Sunyani, Thursday, April 3, 2008. This same topic was presented, upon invitation, at the Ghana Institute for Statistical, Social, and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, on April 8, 2008.

Community Contributions

• Member and Domain Leader (for Geography, Environmental and Resource Management, Public Health, and Archaeology), the Ghana Diaspora Educational and Professional Network (GDPN), sponsored by the World Bank Institute; based at the University of Calgary under the directorship of Professor Wisdom Tettey (Since July 2006).

• Member, Equity Committee, Canadian Association of Geographers, Since July 1, 2008.

• Vice President, Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (WCAG), September 2001 to August 2002.

Research Interests:

Culture and Cultural Studies , Sociology , transnational and return migration, ethno-racial identity formation, African development

Current Research Projects

The Dialectics of Transnational Religious Practices and Identities: The Case of Ghanaian Immigrants in Toronto

Description: 
Mensah, Joseph (2005-2008) Research Project: The Dialectics of Transnational Religious Practices and Identities: The Case of Ghanaian Immigrants in Toronto Role: Principal Investigator Grant Awarded by: SSHRC Standard Research Grant Grant Amount: $84,905

Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator

Funders: 
SSHRC Standard Research Grant

Evaluate Ghana's national health insurance scheme in the context of the health millennium

Description: 
Mensah, Joseph (2007) Research Project: Evaluate Ghana's national health insurance scheme in the context of the health millennium development goals of the United Nations Role: Principal Investigator of a team of five researchers Grant Awarded by: Global Development Network in conjunction with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Amount: $170.000

Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator of a team of five researchers

Funders: 
Global Development Network in conjunction with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

To stay or not to stay: the geographies of immigrant integration, transnationalism, and return intentions among African immigrants in Canada

Description: 
Since the 1990s, a burgeoning literature has emerged on return migration, with several analysts touting the benefits which return migrants have on the development of their countries of origin, especially in Africa, where the impact of a “brain-drain” has been overwhelming. Still, few analysts have examined the factors that influence migrants’ return intentions, and fewer still have explored the interconnections between immigrant integration, transnationalism, and return intentions. Similarly, the literature on how return intentions vary by spatio-temporal variables is scanty. This five-year project examines the return intentions of African immigrants in Canada, drawing on the experiences of Ghanaians and Somalis living in Toronto and Vancouver. By comparing these two immigrant groups in two major Canadian cities, the study seeks to deepen our geographic knowledge on how varying conditions at the country of origin and place of residence affect the return intentions of immigrants. Undoubtedly, the return outlooks of immigrants have some bearing on their loyalty, integration, and civic and labour market participation in the host country—therein lies the need for the host society to have some insights into this nexus.

Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Mar  Year: 2017
End Date:  Month: Mar  Year: 2022

Funders: 
SSHRC Insight Grant

All Publications

Books

Mensah, J. (2010: 2nd Edition) , Black Canadians: History, Experience, Social Conditions (Halifax: Fernwood Publishing), 293 pages.

Mensah, J. (ed.) . (2008) Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations on the Embattled Continent. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) , 278 pages.

Mensah, J. (ed.) (2006) Understanding Economic Reforms in Africa: A Tale of Seven Nations (Brunel Road, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hants UK: Palgrave).

Osei Prempeh; Mensah, J. and Adjibolosoo, S. (eds.) (2004) Globalization and the Human Factor: Critical Insights, (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing), 192 pages.

Mensah, J. (2002) , Black Canadians: History, Experience, Social Conditions (Halifax: Fernwood Publishing), 292 pages. (Listed in Quill & Quire’s Books for Everybody, Fall 2002)

Book Chapters

Mensah, J. (2015) . “Globalization and New Christian Geographies in Africa: A Cautionary Optimism amidst Growing Afropessimism.” In Eunice Sahle (ed). Globalization and Socio-Cultural Processes in Contemporary Africa (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) Chapter 4 (32pages).

Agyei-Mensah, S.; Yaro, J.; Mensah, J. 2014. “Change and continuity in the practice and development of Geography in Ghana” In Samuel Agyei-Mensah, S. et al., (eds.), Changing Perspectives on Social Sciences in Ghana (Heidelberg: Springer Publication) pp 51-74.

Roger Koranteng and Joseph Mensah (Dec. 2010), “Selecting Governance Indicators” in Jones-Parry (ed), Commonwealth Good Governance: Developing Capacity in the Public Sector (London: The Commonwealth Secretariat and Nexus Strategic Partnerships) (ISBN: 978-0-9563060-3-6 (pp. 14-20).

Mensah, J. (Dec. 2010) “The Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme and the Health Care Needs of Ghanaians,” in Korbla Puplampu and Wisdom Tettey (eds.). The Public Sphere and the Politics of Survival: Voice, Sustainability and Public Policy in Ghana (Accra: Woeli Publishing Service), pp. 163-181.

Mensah, J. and Bridi, R. (2010) . “Canadian Immigration under Conditions of Globalization and Transnationality” in Timothy P. McCauley and Janice Hill (eds.), Canadian Society: Global Perspective (Whitby, ON: de Sitter Publications) p. 167-189.

Mensah, J. & Firang, D. (2009) “The African Diaspora in Montréal and Halifax: A Comparative Overview of the Entangled Burdens of Race, Class, and Space” in J.W. Frazier; J.T. Darden; and NF Henry (eds.). The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century (Binghamton, NY: Global Academic Publishing), pp. 59-72.

Mensah, J. 2008. “Introduction: Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa” In J. Mensah (ed.) Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations on the Embattled Continent (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 1-14.

Mensah, J. 2008. “Africa and the Political Economy of Time-Space Compression and Space of Flows: Unfashionable Observations” In J. Mensah (ed.) Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations on the Embattled Continent (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 113-134.

Mensah, J. and Oppong-Koranteng Roger 2008. “Neoliberalism Globalization and Africa: Recurrent Themes and A Way Forward” In J. Mensah (ed.) Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations on the Embattled Continent (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 267-270

Mensah, J. (2008) Entries on the ILO (p. 272-283), IMF (p. 284-297), World Bank (p. 434-449) in Philip A. O’Hare (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Public Policy: Governance and Development.

Mensah, J. & Aidoo, Richard (2006) “Economic Community of West African States: Achievements and Problems” In Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang and Kwamina Panford (eds.) Africa’s Development in the 21st Century: Pertinent Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges (Aldershot: Ashgate), pp. 89-108.

Mensah, J. (2006) “Introduction: Understanding Economic Reforms in Africa” (pp.1-15); “Early Reformers: Introduction” (p.19-21); “Late Reformers: Introduction” (pp167-170); “Conclusion: Bringing it all together” (pp.269-275) in MENSAH, J. (ed.) Understanding Economic Reforms in Africa: A Tale of Seven Nations (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire & New York: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., 2006).

Mensah, J.; Oppong-Koranteng, R.; Frempah-Yeboah, K. (2006) . Understanding Economic Reforms: The Case of Ghana in Mensah, J. (ed) . Understanding Economic Reforms in Africa: The Tale of Seven Nations (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire & New York: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., 2006) pp. 106-130.

Mensah, J. & Aidoo, R. (2006) “Economic Community of West African States: Achievements and Problems” In Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang and Kwamina Panford (eds.) Africa’s Development in the 21st Century: Pertinent Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges (Aldershot: Ashgate), pp. 89-108.

Mensah (2006): 12 entries on African Development Bank [ADB] (p. 4-6); Common Market for Eastern and Southern African [COMESA] (p. 369-72); Desertification (p. 452-55); Economic Commission for Africa [ECA] (p. 528-530); Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] (p.533-37); Ghana (p. 699-702); Kenneth Kaunda (p. 899-891); Kwame Nkrumah (p.1145-47); Organization of African Unity [OAU/AU] (1202-1205); Idi Amin; Southern African Development Community SADC] (p. 1470-71); Desmond Tutu (p. 1580-81); West Africa: History and Economic Development (p. 1693-98). In Thomas Leonard Encyclopedia of the Developing World, edited by (London: Routledge).

Mensah, J. (2005) 4 entries on, African Development Bank (ADB)(p.6); Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS) (p.178-89); Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (p.500); Race and Racism (p.79-80). In Tim Forsyth Encyclopedia of International Development (London: Routledge).

Mensah, J. (2005) : 4 entries on: Alberta (p.76-77); Manitoba (p.573-74); Saskatchewan (p.868-690); Yukon (p.1097-99). In Will Kaufman and H.S. McPherson Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia, (London: ABC-CLIO).

Mensah, J. (2004) “Integrating culture into globalization and development theory: A human factor approach” In E.O.K. Prempeh, J. Mensah, and S. Adjibolosoo (eds.) Globalization and the Human Factor: Critical Insights (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate), pp. 51-66.

Prempeh, E.O.K; Mensah, J. and Adjibolosoo (2004) “Introduction: The globalization-development debate: the need for a paradigm shift” E.OK Prempeh; J. Mensah; and S. Adjibolosoo (eds.) Globalization and the Human Factor: Critical Insights (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate), p.1-8.

Mensah, J. & Firang, D. (2000) “The condition of human well-being in Africa: Revisiting the Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI).” In Senyo Adjibolosoo (ed.). The Human Factor in Shaping the Course of History and Development. (University Press of America) , p.111-135.

Mensah, J., & Ironside, R.G. (1994) . “Employment opportunities of the urban poor: An assessment of the spatial constraints and the mismatch hypothesis.” In J. Andrey and G. Nelson (eds.), Public Issues: A Geographic Perspective. Canadian Association of Geographers’ Public Issues Monograph #2. (Waterloo: University of Waterloo Press), p.111-131.

Oppong, J.R. & Mensah, J (1994) “The Canadian health care system: Lessons from Alberta.” In S.B. Eve; B. Havens; and S.R. Ingman (eds.). The Canadian Health Care System: Lessons for the United States (Denton: University of North Texas Press), 182-201. Also published by the University Press of America under the same article and book titles p.173-192.

Journal Articles

Mensah, J. and Williams, C. J. (2015) . “Seeing/being double: how African immigrants in Canada balance their ethno-racial and national identities.” African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, Vol.8, No.1, 39-54.

Mensah, J. (2015) . “The Black, continental African presence and the nation-immigration dialectic in Canada” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. Vol 20, Issue 4-5, pp 279-298. DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2014.997200. (20 pages)

Mensah, J. 2014 “The global financial crisis and access to health care in Africa” Africa Today, Vol. 60, No. 3 (Spring), pp. 34-54.

Mensah, J. (2014) . “Black continental African identities in Canada: Exploring the intersections of identity formation and immigrant transnationalism.” Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 48. No. 3. p. 5-29.

Mensah, J. and Williams, C.J. (2013) . “Ghanaian and Somali immigrants in Toronto’s rental market: a comparative cultural perspective of housing issues and coping strategies” Canadian Ethnic Studies, Vol. 45, No. 1-2, pp 125-51.

Barimah, K.B. and Mensah, J. (2013) . “Ghana’s National Health Insurance: insights from members, administrators, and health care providers.” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Vol. 24, No.3, pp. 438-455. Aug. pp. 1378-1390. DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0144.

Mensah, J. Williams, C. J. (2013) . “Cultural dimensions of African immigrant housing in Toronto: a qualitative insight.” Housing Studies, Vol. 29, No. 3, 1-18.

Frempong, G., Ma, X., and Mensah, J. (2012) . “Access to postsecondary education: can schools compensate for socioeconomic disadvantage?” Higher Education, Vol. 63. DOI 10.1007/s10734-011-9422-2. pp. 19-32.

Mensah, J., Williams, C.J., & Aryee, E. (2012) “Gender, power, and religious transnationalism among the African diaspora in Canada.” African Geographical Review, Vol. 31. No. 2. Doi: 10.1080/1937 6812.2012.734249 pp. 1-14.

Mensah, J., Oppong, J.R.; and Schmidt, C. M. (2010) “Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme in the Context of the Health MDGs: An Empirical Evaluations Using Propensity Score Matching” Health Economics, Vol. 19, Issue SI, page 95-106.

Mensah, J. (2009) “Doing Religion” Overseas: The Characteristics and Functions of Ghanaian Immigrants Churches in Toronto, Canada” Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Science. Volume 4, pp. 21-44.

Mensah, J. (2008) Religious transnationalism among Ghanaian immigrants in Toronto: A binary logistic regression analysis” The Canadian Geographer Vol. 52. no. 3, p. 309-330.

Mensah, J. (2008) “The African Immigrant Church and the Settlement and Integration of Africans in Canada: Preliminary Observations” Direction: Research and Policy on Eliminating Racism Canadian Race Relation Foundation. Vol 4 No 2 Winter., p. 83-88.

Mensah, J. & Firang, David. (2007) . “The heterogeneity of Blacks in Ontario and the racial discrimination boomerang” Our Diverse Cities/Nos diverses cités, No. 4, Fall, p. 20-25.

Mensah, J. (2006) “Cultural dimensions of globalization in Africa: A dialectical interpenetration of the local and the global” Studies in Political Economy. Vol. 77 (Spring), pp. 57-83.

Mensah, J. (2004-2006) “Official multiculturalism in Canada: A critique of prevailing criticism” International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Vol. 4., p. 1139-1149; online version at: www.Diversity-Journal.com.

Edwards, R; Wu, S.C; Mensah, J. (2005) “City Profile: Georgetown, Guyana” CITIES: International Journal of Urban Policy and Panning, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 446-454.

Mensah, J. and Fredua-Antoh, E. (2005) “Reflections on women’s indigenous organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa: A comparative study from the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.” Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 26(1): 82-101.

Mensah, J. (2005) “On the ethno-cultural heterogeneity of Blacks in our ‘EthniCities’” Canadian Issues, (Spring) pp. 72-77.

Mensah, J. (2004: Guest Editor) “Human factor theory and practice: An introduction to a critical interrogation” Review of Human Factor Studies [Special Edition] Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 1-6.; and “The human factor framework: A Preliminary synthesis of claims and counterclaims” in the same Volume, pp. 168-184.

Mensah, J. & W. Rupananda (2002). "Exploring the impacts of structural adjustment programs on the provision of selected economic and social services in rural Sri Lanka" Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development

Rupanana, W. & Mensah, J. (2002) , “Structural adjustment programs and rural agricultural economy: The case study of the Monaragala District of Sri Lanka,” Regional Development Studies, p. 119-137.

Mensah, J. & Rupananda, W. (2002) , “Exploring the impacts of structural adjustment programs on the provision of selected economic and social services in rural Sri Lanka,” Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development (APJORD) Vol. 12:1 p. 32-51.

Adjibolosoo, S. & Mensah, J. (1998) , “Demographic profile and settlement problems of African immigrants in the Vancouver Metropolitan Area of British Columbia: A human factor assessment,” Review of Human Factor Studies 4:2 p. 32-63.

Mensah, J. (1997) , “Colonialism and human factor degradation in Africa,” Review of Human Factor Studies. 3:1 p. 46-64.

Mensah, J. (1996) , “Treaty negotiations in British Columbia: The utility of geographic information management techniques,” Canadian Journal of Native Studies Vol. 16:1 p.1-14.

Mensah, J. (1995) , “Geography, aboriginal land claims and self-government in Canada,” International Journal of Canadian Studies 12 p.261-275.

Mensah, J. (1995) , “Low income housing, employment opportunities, and perceptions of the urban poor,” Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, TESG, (Journal of Economic and Social Geography) Vol. 86:4 p. 368-381.

Mensah, J. (1995) , “Journey to work and job search characteristics of the urban poor: A gender analysis of a survey data from Edmonton, Alberta,” Transportation: An International Journal Devoted to the Improvement of Transportation Planning and Practice 22 p. 1- 19.

Mensah, J. (1994) , “Gender, spatial constraints, and the employment activities of low income people in a local labour market,” Canadian Journal of Urban Research (CJUR) 3:2 p. 113-133.

Mensah, J. & Whitney, A.H. (1992) “Urban environmental perception and behaviour in Africa: What gender engenders,” International Journal of Environmental Studies 40 p.141-149.

Mensah, J. and A.H. Whitney (1991). Some Third World environmental perception and behaviour concerning urban waste: A survey of Techiman, Ghana. The Canadian Geographer

Mensah, J. & Whitney, A.H. (1991) , “Some Third World environmental perception and behaviour concerning urban waste: A survey of Techiman, Ghana,” The Canadian Geographer 35:2 p. 156-165.

Conference Papers

Mensah, J. and Oppong, JR. 2009. “Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme: Comparing the Socioeconomic and Health Characteristics of Women Members and Non-Members” A paper presented to the XIIIth International Symposium in Medical Geography, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, July 12-17.

Mensah, J. 2009 Evaluating a National Health Insurance Scheme through Quasi-Experimentation. A paper presented at the Annual Conferences of the Canadians Association of Geographers, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, May 26-30.

Mensah, J. 2009. “Gender and Religion in the Context of the African Diaspora in Canada: Emerging themes from a Study of Ghanaian Immigrant Churches.” A paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, May 4-7.

Mensah, J. and Oppong JR. 2009. “Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme and the Health MDGs: An Empirical Evaluation with Propensity Score Matching.” A paper presented as part of a special session on ‘Environment and Health: Lessons Learned from Diseases and Intervention Programs in Africa’ at the Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Las Vegas, Nevada, Wed. March 25.

Oppong, JR and Mensah, J. 2009. “Maternity Protection and Health Insurance in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania.” A paper presented as part of a special session on ‘Environment and Health: Lessons Learned from Diseases and Intervention Programs in Africa’ at the Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Las Vegas, Nevada, Wed. March 25.

Mensah, J. and Oppong, JR. 2009, “An Evaluation of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Schemes: Major Findings.” A paper presented as part of GDN Workshop on Global Health, York Royal Hotel, York, United Kingdom, January 15-19, 2009.

Mensah, J. 2009. “Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme and the Health MDGs: An Empirical Evaluation with Propensity Score Matching” A paper presented at the Development Seminar, Graduate Program in Development Studies, York University, Nov 12, 2009.

Mensah, J. 2009. One of two Presenters, Atkinson-Arts Workshop on Non-Tri-Council Funding for the Social Sciences, Wednesday, April 22 York University. TEL 2114.

Mensah, J. 2009. One of seven participants, Roundtable Discussion on Social Justice with York University’s Chancellor Roy McMurtry, Engaging Research, Atkinson Research Celebration Day, Tuesday, April 14, 2009, CIBC Lobby, Accolade East.

Mensah, J. 2009. Participant Knowledge Mobilization Workshop, Le Parc Conference and Banquet Markham, Friday, Feb 6, 2009

Mensah, J. 2009. Theorizing/Methodizing Place under Conditions of Tansnationality and Deterritorialization. A presentation to a Special Roundtable on Theorizing/Methodizing Place,” organized by Kevin Dejesus for the at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, May 27.

Mensah, J. 2008. “Methodological Considerations and Preliminary Findings: Evaluating the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme” A paper presented to the 9th Annual Global Development Conference, Workshop # 8: Promoting Innovative Programs from Developing World: Towards Realizing the health MDGs in the Africa and Asia, Citigate Sebel Hotel, Brisbane, Australia. January 29-February 2.

Mensah, J. Williams, C. and Aryee, E. 2008. “Gender, Religious Transnationalism and the African Diaspora in Canada” A paper presented at a Conference on Transnationalism and the African Diaspora in Canada, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, November 6-9, 2008.

Mensah, J and Oppong, JR. “Empirical Evaluation of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Schemes” Paper presented at the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI), Essen, Germany (upon a special invitation by Professor Christoph Schmidt, President of RWI) August 3-8, 2008

Mensah, J. “An Evaluation of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme in the Context of the Health Millennium Development Goals.” A paper presented at a Special Workshop at the 8th Annual Global Development Conference, Beijing, China, January 13-19, 2007.

Mensah, J. “Doing Religion Overseas: The Characteristics and Social Functions of Ghanaian Immigrant Churches in Toronto, Canada” A paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) Conference, San Francisco, California, April 17-21, 2007.

Frempong, G.; Mensah, J; an MA XIN “Access to Postsecondary Education: Can Quality Schools Compensate for Socioeconomic Disadvantage?” A Paper Presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economic Association (CEA), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June1-3, 2007.

Mensah, J. and Frempong, G. 2007. “Propensity Score Matching and the Evaluation of Health Insurance Schemes” Paper presented at a special invited workshop in conjunction with Global Development Network’s 5th Annual Global Research on Health, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI), Essen, Germany, May 11-13, 2007.

Mensah, J. 2007. Conference Rapporteur and Participant. “Leadership, Learning Institutes and Public Services.” A Conference of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM), at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana. November 7-9

Mensah, J. “Transnational Religious Practices and Identities among Ghanaian Immigrants in Toronto: A Preliminary Commentary.” A paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), Chicago IL, March 7-11, 2006.

Mensah, J. “Official Multiculturalism in Canada: Critique of Prevailing Criticism” Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Diversity in Organization, Communities and Nations, UCLA, Los Angeles. July 6-9, 2004.

Mensah, J. & Aidoo, Richard (2004) “Regional Economic Integration and Development: The ECOWAS Experience.” A Paper Presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers at Université de Moncton, Moncton, N.B. May 25 – 29.

Mensah, J. (2004) “Insights into Ghana’s Structural Adjustment Programmes.” A Paper Presented at the 5th Annual Global Development Conference, New Delhi, India, January 24 - 30.

Chaired a conference session on “A Conceptual Dialogue with Data,” Gender & Work Database Conference, York University, Toronto, September 30 to October 2, 2004.

Mensah, J. (2003) . “Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): Achievements, Problems and Prospects.” A Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), New Orleans, LA; March 5 - 8.

Mensah, J. (2003) “Understanding Reform: The Case of Ghana.” A Paper Presented at the 4th Annual Global Development Conference, Cairo, Egypt January 14 - 21.

Mensah, J. & Ernestina Fredua Antoh (2001) “Mobilizing Indigenous Women in Sub-Sahara Africa: Women’s Organizations in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana,” A Paper Presented at the Western Conferences of Canadian Association of Geographers (WCAG), University of Calgary March 8 - 10.

Mensah, J. (1998) , “The Condition of Human Well-being in Africa: Revisiting the Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI).” A paper presented at the Western Conferences of Canadian Association of Geographers (WCAG), Kwantlen University College March 12 - 14.

Mensah, J. (1998) , “The Condition of Human Well-being in Africa: Revisiting the Physical Quality of Life Index (PQLI).” A paper presented at the Western Conferences of Canadian Association of Geographers (WCAG), Kwantlen University College March 12 - 14.

Mensah, J. (1998) , “Community, Territoriality, and the City: Reasserting the Significance of Space in Social Discourse.” A Paper Presented to the Biennial Meeting of the Western Association of Sociology and Anthropology, hosted by Kwantlen University College at the Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, May 15 - 16, (Chaired of a session on Spatial Approaches to Community and Security).

Mensah, J. (1993) . “Location of Low Income Housing and Employment Opportunities: An Edmonton Case study.” A Paper Presented to the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Carleton University, May 30 - June 8.

Mensah, J & Oppong, J. R. (1993) , “The Canadian Health System: Lessons from Alberta for the United States.” A Paper Presented to the Conference on the Canadian Health Care System: Lessons for the United States held at the University of North Texas Health Science Centre, Fort Worth, Texas, April 2.

Mensah, J. and R.G. Ironside. (1992) . Spatial Constraints and Employment Opportunities of the Urban Poor: An Assessment of the Mismatch Hypothesis.

Mensah, J. and Ironside, R.G. (1992) , “Spatial Constraints and Employment Opportunities of the Urban Poor: An Assessment of the Mismatch Hypothesis.” A paper presented to the Canadian Association of Geographers, Annual Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, May 20 – 24.

Mensah, J. and F.Y. Owusu (1991). Migration and Regional Development in Africa: The Case of the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.

Mensah, J. and Owusu, F.Y. (1991) , “Migration and Regional Development in Africa: The Case of the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.” A paper presented to the Canadian Association of Geographers, Annual Conference, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, June 3 - 8.

Book Reviews

Mensah, J. (2007) . Review of The African Diaspora in Canada: Negotiating Identity and Belonging. Wisdom J. Tettey and Korbla P. Puplampu (eds.) Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 235 pp. New Dawn: Journal of Black Canadian Studies.

Mensah, J. (2003) . Review of Transnationalism and new African Immigration to South Africa, Jonathan Crush and David A. McDonald (eds.). Kingston, Ont.: The South African Migration Project (SAMP) and Canadian Association of African Studies. 185 pp. (Book Review) The Canadian Geographer, Vol. 47, No. 3, p. 356-357.

Mensah, J. (2003) . Review of On Borders: Perspectives on International Migration in Southern Africa, David A. McDonald (ed). New York: St. Martin’s Press. 302 pp. The Canadian Geographer, Vol. 47, No. 3, p. 357-358.

Mensah, J. (2002) . Review of Renewing Social and Economic Progress in Africa, Dharam Ghai (ed.) New York: St. Martin’s Press Inc. 324 pp. (Book Review) Progress in Development Studies, Vol. 2: 1 p. 73-74.

Mensah, J. (2001) . Review of Geography of British Columbia: People and Landscapes in Transition, by Brett McGillivray, Vancouver: UBC Press 235 pp. (Book Review) The Canadian Geographer 45:2 p. 330-31.

Mensah, J. (2000) . Review of Prospering Together: The Economic Impact of the Aboriginal Title Settlements in BC, Roslyn Kunin (ed), Vancouver: The Laurier Institute 304 p, The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Vol. 20:.2 p. 502-503.

Research Reports

Mensah, J.; Morgan, C.; Charles-Fridal, F.; Lovell, A.; Barnes-Drummond, D.; and Philbert, L.; (2005) How do Scarborough Black Youth Access the Health Care System? (A Report by the Black Health Alliance (BHA) , funded by Wellesley Central Health Corporation). (32 pages)

Mensah, J. & Adjibolosoo, S. (2000) . A Practical Solution to the Urban Waste and Sanitation Problems of Techiman, Ghana. Report prepared for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) (20 p.).

Adjibolosoo, S. & Mensah, J. (2000) . A Handbook of Waste Management in Small and Medium-Sized Cities in Africa. A Manual prepared for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) (32 p.).

Mensah, J.; Hamilton, K.; Macnamara, D.; Sato, T.; & Moniz-Lecce, S. (2000) . Exploring Possibilities: Research at Undergraduate Institutions. Report on the Second Annual British Columbia University Colleges Research Conference (Nanaimo, BC). Prepared for Kwantlen University College, Surrey, British Columbia (23 p.).

Policy Papers

Mensah, J. & Adjibolosoo, S. (1998) . Demographic Profile of African Immigrants in the Lower Mainland of BC. Report prepared for the British Columbia Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism and Immigration (Vancouver: Community Liaison Division) (82 p.).

Adjibolosoo, S. & Mensah, J. (1998) . The Provision of Settlement Services to African Immigrants in the Lower Mainland of BC. Report prepared for the British Columbia Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism and Immigration (Vancouver: Community Liaison Division) (68 p.).

Public Lectures

Mensah, J. 2007. Invited Presenter, A Workshop on Health Research Methodology, Organized by the Global Development Network, Cairo, Egypt, August 8-13th, 2007.

Mensah, J. Invited presenter, A Workshop on Finding Funding Beyond the Tri-Councils, Organized by the Atkinson Research Office, York University, Tuesday, July 10, 2007.

Mensah, J. Invited Participant in a “Special Conversation on Canadian Multiculturalism Act”, organized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, as part of 9th National Metropolis Conference, Upper Canada Room, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, 4th March, 2007. Contact person: John Biles.

Mensah, J. Invited participant, African Canadian Social Development Council (ACSDC) Continental African Canadian Community Research and Policy Forum, 215 Spidana Ave. Toronto, April 21, 2007.

Mensah, J. Convener, “Race, Place and Communities under Pressure.” CERIS Grad Students’ Symposium, (Roundtable Discussion), Nov. 10, 2005. @ McLaughlin College, York University.

Mensah, J. “Employment equity in Canada: A government program under siege,” A paper presented to the 5th Annual International Conference in Organization, Communities and Nations, Beijing, China, June 30 to July 3, 2005.

Mensah, J. “Cultural dimensions of globalization in Africa: A dialectical interpenetration of the local and the global A paper presented at Annual Conference

Mensah, J. Mobilizing African Diaspora for Development: The Case of Ghana, World Bank Institute Video-Conference, [York University Site, Lead Presenter] Tuesday May, 24, 2005.

Mensah, J. Invited participant, World Bank Institute’s roundtable discussion on an action plan on Mobilizing African Diaspora for Development, at the World Bank, Washington, DC. June 20-21, 2005 (I chaired a session on “Strengthening Donor Partnership with the African Diaspora).

Guest Speaker on Blacks in Canada, for the Edmonton Public Library’s Celebration of Black History Month, Saturday, February 22, 2003.

Guest Speaker on The Black Presence in Canada, at the University of Alberta (U of A). Upon the invitation of U of A’s Black Students Association, Saturday, February 22, 2003.

Guest Speaker on Race-related Issues in Canadian Education, Vancouver School Board, at Winston Churchill Secondary, Vancouver, Thursday, February 20, 2003.

Guest Speaker on Blacks in Canada, for the Vancouver Public Library’s celebration of Black History Month, at the Vancouver Public Library, Wednesday, February 19, 2003.

Guest Speaker on The Black Presence in Canada: A General Overview, York University Black Students’ Alliance (YUBSA), at Senate Chambers, York University. February 12, 2003

Luncheon Keynote Speaker “Exploring the Links between Employment Equity and Black Education,” 2nd Education Summit of the Council on African Canadian Education, Halifax Citadel Hotel. November 27-28, 2002.

Guest Speaker on Canadian Immigration, Queen Elizabeth High School, Halifax, Friday, November 29, 2002.

Public presentation on “Black Immigration in Canada” at Halifax North Memorial Public Library, organized by the Halifax Regional Library (HRL), November 30, 2002.

Guest Speaker on The Debt Crisis in the Developing World: Cause, Consequences, and Possible Solutions, Department of Economics, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC. April 14, 2000.


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Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/GEOG3070 6.0  Gender, Population and Migration LECT