Irenus Konkor

Irenius Konkor

PhD Student Dr. Vincent Kuuire, supervisor
Email:
irenius.konkor@mail.utoronto.ca

Research and Professional Interests

I identify as a Health Geographer and my research interests include Transport and Health, HIV/AIDS among Minority Populations and Chronic Disease in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). My PhD research focuses on the connections between gender, urban neighborhoods and the burden of chronic and infectious diseases in Ghana.

LMICs including Ghana are increasingly being impacted by chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Unfortunately, these diseases are not replacing already known infectious diseases such as HIV, Tuberculosis, malaria and cholera as theorized by earlier epidemiologic theorists but are instead combined to produce what is now referred to as the double burden of disease.

The emergence of the double burden of disease in LMICs appears to be gendered and place based. Moreover, despite the confluence of chronic and infectious diseases in LMICs, the approach by health researchers and practitioners continues to be siloed. My research seeks to unpack neigborhoods and health connections in Ghana. The overarching goal is to contribute to health policy in LMICs where policies on the double burden of disease is relatively nascent.

I enjoy doing research and will like to start a research career in an academic institution after my Ph.D. program.

Why Geography, Geomatics and Environment at UTM

U of T is one of the best universities in the world and attracts some of the best research staff and faculty that are very skillful in nurturing students. Students are therefore able to thrive on any of the tri-campuses. I however chose to affiliate to the UTM campus because of the following reasons: the environment is conducive and provides the necessary facilities and logistics for learning; the faculty and graduate student community is resourceful and supportive; my supervisor (Dr. Vincent Kuuire), who is an established researcher in Health Geography is UTM based, and I wanted to have that close connection; and special research and conference funds for UTM affiliates. If you are a prospective or new student and unsure which campus to affiliate, I encourage you to come enjoy many other benefits only UTM offers you.

Publications

  • Luginaah, N. A., Konkor, I., Lawson, E. S., Mkandawire, P., Husbands, W., Omorodion, F., ... & Wong, J. (2021). Concurrent sexual partnerships and HIV testing among heterosexual Black men in Ontario, Canada: findings from the weSpeak study. Ethnicity & Health, 1-16
  • Konkor, I., Dogoli, M. A., Kuuire, V., & Wilson, K. (2021). Examining the Relationship Between Occupational Physical Activity and Hypertension Status: Evidence from the Ghana WHO Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health. Annals of Work Exposures and Health.
  • Konkor, I., Mkandawire, P., Luginaah, I., Husbands, W., Omorodion, F., Wong, J., & Etowa, J. (2021). Access to healthcare services among heterosexual Black men in Ontario, Canada. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/15381501.2021.1908923
  • Konkor, I. (2021). Examining the relationship between transportation mode and the experience of road traffic accident in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Case Studies on Transport Policy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2021.03.009
  • Antabe, R., Konkor, I., McIntosh, M., Lawson, E., Husbands, W., Wong, J., ... & Luginaah, I. (2021). “I went in there, had a bit of an issue with those folks”: everyday challenges of heterosexual African, Caribbean and black (ACB) men in accessing HIV/AIDS services in London, Ontario. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 1-14.
  • Haruna, U., Woods, H., Kansanga, M., Konkor, I., Dixon, J., & Luginaah, I. (2021). Enablers and barriers of community initiated health emergency transport systems in the Upper West Region of Ghana. African Geographical Review, 1-18.
  • Konkor, I., Mkandawire, P., Antabe, R., Luginaah, I., Husbands, W., Wong, J., ... & McIntosh, M. D. (2021). Sexual Debut Among Heterosexual Men of African and Caribbean Descent: Are the Youth Initiating Sex Earlier than the Older Generation? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-11.
  • Sano, Y., Konkor, I., Antabe, R., & Ragetlie, R. (2021). Physical Intimate Partner Violence Justification and Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya: Evidence from the Demographic and Health Survey. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 1-11.
  • Kpienbaareh, D., Kansanga, M. M., Konkor, I., & Luginaah, I. (2021). The Rise of the Fourth Estate: The Media, Environmental Policy, and the Fight against Illegal Mining in Ghana. Environmental Communication, 1-16.
  • Konkor, I., Lawson, E. S., Antabe, R., McIntosh, M. D., Husbands, W., Wong, J., & Luginaah, I. (2020). An Intersectional Approach to HIV Vulnerabilities and Testing Among Heterosexual African Caribbean and Black Men in London, Ontario: Results From the weSpeak Study. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-10.
  • Konkor, I., Antabe, R., Mkandawire, P., McIntosh, M. D., Lawson, E. S., Husbands, W., ... & Luginaah, I. (2020). Knowledge of sexual partner’s HIV serostatus and the practice of safer sex among heterosexual men of African descent in London, Ontario. Ethnicity & Health, 1-13.
  • Woods, H., Haruna, U., Konkor, I., & Luginaah, I. (2019). The influence of the Community‐based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) program on community health sustainability in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The International journal of health planning and management, 34(1), e802-e816.
  • Konkor, I., Kansanga, M., Sano, Y., Atuoye, K., & Luginaah, I. (2019). Risk-taking behaviours and timing to first motorbike collision in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Journal of Transport & Health, 12, 105-114.
  • Konkor I., Sano, Y., Antabe, R., Kansanga, M., & Luginaah, I. (2019). Exposure to mass media family planning messages among post-delivery women in Nigeria: testing the structural influence model of health communication. The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care, 24(1), 18-23.
  • Konkor, I., Kansanga, M., Sano, Y., Antabe, R., & Luginaah, I. (2019). Community perceptions and misconceptions of motorcycle accident risks in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Travel behaviour and society, 15, 157-165.
  • Buor, D., & Konkor, I. (2016). Shifting livelihood: Exploring the relationship between the presence of University for Development Studies (UDS) and livelihood diversification in Bamahu, Ghana. International Journal of Geography and Regional Planning, 3(1), 027-042.
     

Research

Research Supervisor/mentor: 
Dr. Vincent Kuuire

Other

Education: 
PhD Student in Human Geography – University of Toronto
MSc Geography – Western University, London, Ontario
Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Rural Development, KNUST, Ghana