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Dr. Daniel Kpienbaareh

Assistant Professor of Geography
Ofc International Engagement
Felmley Hall of Science - FHS 104
Office Hours
Wednesdays 2 - 3 PM or by appointment
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I am broadly trained in human-environment interactions and their impacts on socio-ecological systems, which can be understood through geospatial technologies. I employ social science theories to identify policy alternatives to environmental challenges.

Current Courses

301.001Climate Change, Agriculture And Sustainable Futures

401.001Climate Change, Agriculture and Sustainable Futures

303.001Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

303.002Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

303.003Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

403.001Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

403.002Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

403.003Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

211.001Earth's Dynamic Weather

Teaching Interests & Areas

Geographic Information Systems
Weather and Climate
Environmental Systems
Sustainable Agriculture

Research Interests & Areas

GIS/Remote sensing applications
Natural resource management
Participatory GIS
Smallholder farming
Sustainable agriculture
Sub-Saharan Africa

PhD Geography and Environment

Western University
London, Ontario, Canada

Book, Chapter

Kansanga, M., Kpienbaareh, D., Amoak, D., Kerr, R., Shumba, L., Lupafya, E., Dakishoni, L., Hickey, C., Katundu, M., & Luginaah, I. Agroecology for Health: Examining the Impact of Participatory Agroecology on Health in Smallholder Farming Communities. Health Geography in Sub-Saharan Africa. Springer International Publishing (2023): 127-142.
Kansanga, M., Kpienbaareh, D., & DeMotts, R. Are parks the best way to protect African wildlife?. Debating African Issues. Routledge (2022): 123-136.

Journal Article

Kpienbaareh, D., Mohammed, K., Luginaah, I., Wang, J., Bezner Kerr, R., Lupafya, E., & Dakishoni, L. (2024). Local actors, farmer decisions and landscape crop diversity in smallholder farming systems: A systems perspective. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 374, 109138.
Kpienbaareh, D., Wang, J., Luginaah, I., Bezner Kerr, R., Lupafya, E., & Dakishoni, L. A Geospatial Approach to Assessing the Impact of Agroecological Knowledge and Practice on Crop Health in a Smallholder Agricultural Context. The Professional Geographer 75.4 (2023): 618-635.
Kpienbaareh, D., Kansanga, M., Yiridoe, E., & Luginaah, I. Exploring the drivers of herbicide use and risk perception among smallholder farmers in Ghana. Gender, Technology and Development 27.1 (2023): 109-135.
Kpienbaareh, D., & Ahmed, A. New green revolution in Ghana: perceived benefits, challenges, and implications for the environment. Global Public Policy and Governance 3.2 (2023): 199-218.
Kansanga, M., Konkor, I., Kpienbaareh, D., Mohammed, K., Batung, E., Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Kuuire, V., & Luginaah, I. Time matters: a survival analysis of timing to seasonal food insecurity in semi-arid Ghana. Regional Environmental Change 22.2 (2022)


Participatory Forest Regeneration and Agroecology for Biodiversity, Food Security and Climate Mitigation. The Annual CRFS ESAf Community of Practice Meeting. McKnight Foundation. (2023)
The influence of tile flow on the transport-fate of nitrate in the vadose zone of a saturated riparian buffer zone: A case study in central Illinois. The Geological Society of America Connects 2023. Geological Society of America. (2023)
Use of Satellite Remote Sensor Data to Evaluate Residential. Americas Conference on Information Systems. (2023)
Presentation of Research Findings to Multi-Actor Platform. FARMS4Biodiversity Annual Meeting. Soils, Food and Healthy Communities. (2022)

Grants & Contracts

2024 Faculty Success Program (FSP). Illinois State University Provost scholarship. Illinois State University. (2024)
CAS Travel Fund. College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment. Illinois State University. (2024)
Modeling water-use efficiency of canal irrigation systems in the context of climate change. Pre-tenure Faculty Initiative Grant. Illinois State University. (2024)
Agroecological and gender-transformative approaches to climate change adaptation in smallholder farmers in Rwanda, Africa. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada. Other. (2023)
IGS Research Grant. Illinois Geographical Society. Local. (2023)