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Call for Papers

Spatial Perspectives on Inequalities and Disparities in Ghana: Lessons from Censuses

The Ghana Statistical Service in collaboration with the Ghana Journal of Geography is producing a Special Issue titled Spatial Perspectives on Inequalities and Disparities in Ghana: Lessons from Censuses. This special issue is expected to use data primarily from the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) to explore trends, patterns and drivers of spatial inequality, which will in turn inform policymaking in Ghana. The exercise is informed by the view that: “The more people have access to primary data, the more analyses it will generate; more ideas will emerge, and the quality of debate on development options will improve”. Rafael Guerreiro Osorio, International Poverty Centre, Brasilia.

The aim of the Special Issue publication is thus to present research that will promote the use of census data for decision-making. The papers featured in the issue will utilise disaggregated data at the sub-national level to paint a picture of spatial variability in social, economic, and demographic variables in the country to promote national and local development. The focus dovetails into the central premise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which is to leave no one behind. The approach seeks to require from researchers’ perspectives which incorporate socio-demographic analysis into the concept of space at the sub-national levels.

Contributors will be expected to utilise data from the 2021 PHC (either alone or in combination with data from other sources, depending on nature of topic). The 10% microdata sample from the 2021 PHC, in addition to those from other census and surveys, can be downloaded from:

Specific topics of interests include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Spatial perspectives on fertility, mortality, and migration
  • Subnational (within and between regions) disparities in priority development indicators (poverty, literacy education, health, sanitation, clean energy, housing, economic activity)
  • Urban-rural disparities in priority development indicators
  • Gender disparities across space


  • Methodological issues in measuring spatial disparities
  • Spatial disparities in population growth and density
  • Identifying deprived areas in health and economic outcomes
  • Urban transition

Submission Instructions:

Interested authors are invited to submit an extended abstract of 800 to 1000 words at any time before Tuesday 10th February 2023. Authors should submit abstracts as Word or PDF documents.

Authors will be notified by 28th February if their abstract has been accepted. Accepted submissions will be invited to submit full manuscripts by 31st May that will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers.

Extended abstracts should be uploaded via the link below:

Extended abstracts should include the following sections, in the order listed:

  • Title of paper
  • Author(s) name and affiliation
  • Introduction including rationale and research questions
  • Policy relevance of research questions
  • Data and methods
  • Preliminary results and discussion
  • References


Manuscript Submission Information:

There is no publication charge for authors submitting to this special issue.

For any inquiries, please contact Mr. Godwin Odei Gyebi:


About the Ghana Statistical Service

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) provides comprehensive, reliable, quality, relevant, accurate and timely statistical information to guide national development as stipulated in Section 3 of the Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act 1003). The Statistical Service produces monthly and quarterly data on important economic indicators such as inflation, Consumer Price Index (CPI), Producer Price Index (PPI), and Gross Domestic Product (GDP). GSS also regularly generates population, housing, demographic and economic data from routine surveys and censuses. For more information on the statistics generated by GSS visit