A.G. (Afua) Owusu


Afua is a joint PhD researcher at TPM and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. Her promoter at TU Delft is Prof. Jill Slinger.

Afua studied Civil Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. She then completed her master’s degree in Environmental Water Management at Cranfield University, UK in 2015. After that she worked in Ghana as a consultant hydrologist from 2015 to 2018 with the International Water Management Institute on projects in the Volta Basin. 


Afua is working on her Phd research titled Improved Reservoir Operation for Implementation of Environmental Flows. The focus is on dams which have a history in which their benefits have often come along with environmental degradation and social costs. Learning from existing dams will provide opportunities to plan and operate new dams in a more sustainable manner for river ecosystems and people. This research will generate insights into how dams can be operated differently to support healthy riverine habitats while providing sufficient water for economic development.

  • Kadyampakeni, D. M., Mul, M. L., Obuobie, E., Appoh, R., Owusu, A., Ghansah, B., Boakye-Acheampong, E. and Barron, J. (2017). Agro-climatic and hydrological characterization of selected watersheds in northern Ghana. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 40p. (IWMI Working Paper 173). doi: 10.5337/2017.209. 
  • Hanson, J.H., Annor, F., Aidoo, J., Adu, A.G., Davenport, E., Kline, A., Owusu, A., Sollman, B., and Tikoli, D. (2012). Capstone design: Insights from an international collaborative student team. Paper presented at the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, TX.

Afua’s research is part of EuroFLOW

EuroFLOW Project
The regulation of river flows is one of the biggest stressors affecting river ecosystems across the world. In many westernised countries, major legislative efforts are therefore underpinning the development of new approaches to mitigate the impacts of river flow regulation. These approaches are based on optimising the management of river flows to maintain services to humans (e.g. water supply, hydropower) whilst protecting and/or rejuvenating the aquatic environment with water of adequate quantity and quality in space and time (i.e. environmental flows, aka e-flows). In this context, a field of applied aquatic science has developed to generate an evidence base for the best ways to manage the quantity, quality and patterns of e-flows to sustain river ecosystems. EUROFLOW will train a cohort of researchers to be future leaders in the science, business and policy of this field.

Afua Owusu

PhD candidate

Multi-Actor Systems

Policy Analysis

Research interests:
Environmental Flows
Hydrological analysis
River restoration
Dam operations


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