Irenus Konkor

Irenus 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 interest areas are Transport and Health, HIV/AIDS among Minority Populations and Chronic Diseases in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). My Ph.D. research seeks to unpack the connections between gender, urban neighbourhoods 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 and my research seeks to unpack these connections. Also, despite the confluence of these diseases in LMICs, the approach by health researchers and practitioners continue to be siloed. Hence, I intend to examine the extent to which healthcare systems have been integrated to deal with the double burden of the disease since many of them were originally designed to respond to infectious diseases and maternal health services. The overarching goal of this research is to contribute to health policy in LMICs where policies on the double burden of disease are 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 at UTM

U of T is one of the best universities in the world which attracts some of the best research staff and faculty that are skillful in nurturing their students. I however chose 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. If you are a prospective student and not sure which campus to choose, I encourage you to come to enjoy many other benefits only UTM offers you.

Publications

  • Kpienbaareh, D., Kansanga, M. M., Konkor, I., & Luginaah, I. (2020). 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.
  • Konkor, I., Mkandawire P., Antabe, R., Luginaah I., Husbands W., Wong J., Lawson E., Etowa J., Omorodion F., McIntosh M.D. (2020). Sexual Debut Among Heterosexual Men of African and Caribbean Descent: Are the Youth Initiating Sex Earlier than the Older Generation? Archives of Sexual Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-020-01855-z.
  • 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. (Conference presentation: Canadian Association of Geographers, Health and Healthcare Study Group and the Environment, Queens University, 2-5 August 2018).
  • 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. (Conference presentation: Canadian Association of Geographers, Ontario Division (CAGONT), University of Toronto, 19-20 October 2018).
  • 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. (Conference presentation: Association of American Geographers (AAG) Washington DC, 6-10 April 2019).

Research

Research Supervisor/mentor: 
Dr. Vincent Kuuire

Other

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