Matthew Abunyewah


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Dr. Matthew Abunyewah is a research-focused lecturer at the Australasian Centre for Resilience Implementation for Sustainable Communities within the College of Health and Human Sciences. He leverages participatory and interdisciplinary research approaches to inform government policies on disaster management and resilience, circular economy and sustainability, community development, industry and business development, and climate change and variability.

Before joining Charles Darwin University, Dr. Abunyewah worked as a community and industry development practitioner, researching workforce and training development, public policy development, and disaster resilience across Africa and Australia for over eight years. Notable industry research outputs/reports produced by Dr. Abunyewah in collaboration with industry partners and government agencies include; the Northern Territory Central Five Mines Report and Northern Territory Circular Economy Strategy. Also, Matthew has served as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia, since 2021, undertaking workshops on quantitative research methods and assisting in industry engagement activities and grant funding applications.

Matthew has also published his research outputs in world-class reputable academic outlets such as Nature Sustainability (I.F= 27.6), Business Strategy and Environment (I.F= 13.4), Energy Economics (I.F= 12.8), the Journal of Cleaner Production (I.F= 11.1), Resources Policy (I.F= 10.2), Progress in Disaster Science (I.F=6.3), International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (I.F= 5.0) and Disasters (I.F= 3.2). Notwithstanding these, most of Dr. Abunyewah's research findings have also been translated into simple and plain language, accessible to industry practitioners in outlets such as the conversation. 

Research interests

Disaster Resilience and Sustainability

Circular Economy and Waste Management

Business and Industry Development

Urban Planning and Management

Community Development 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Newcastle

Feb 2015Jan 2019

Award Date: 31 Jan 2019

Bachelor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Aug 2007Jun 2011

Award Date: 20 Jun 2011

External positions

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle

Apr 2021 → …


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