Spatial Inequalities

Health, Poverty, and Place in Accra, Ghana

  • John R. Weeks
  • Allan G. Hill
  • Justin Stoler

Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 110)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John R. Weeks, Allan G. Hill, Justin Stoler
      Pages 3-23
  3. Accra’s Urban Morphology and Neighborhood Structure

  4. Health and Well-Being in Accra’s Neighborhoods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Emmanuel Aggrey-Korsah, Joseph Oppong
      Pages 109-124
    3. John R. Weeks, Justin Stoler, Allan G. Hill, Alex Zvoleff
      Pages 159-177
  5. Neighborhood Structure: Implications for the Future Provision of Health Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Godwin Arku, Paul Mkandawire, Isaac Luginaah, Philip Baiden
      Pages 191-204
    3. Anna Carla Lopez-Carr
      Pages 205-213
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 215-219

About this book


This book provides a fresh analysis of the demography, health and well-being of a major African city.  It brings a range of disciplinary approaches to bear on the pressing topics of urban poverty, urban health inequalities and urban growth.  The approach is primarily spatial and includes the integration of environmental information from satellites and other geospatial sources with social science and health survey data. The authors Ghanaians and outsiders, have worked to understand the urban dynamics in this burgeoning West African metropolis, with an emphasis on urban disparities in health and living standards. Few cities in the global South have been examined from so many different perspectives. Our analysis employs a wide range of GIScience methods, including analysis of remotely sensed imagery and spatial statistical analysis, applied to a wide range of data, including census, survey and health clinic data, all of which are supplemented by field work, including systematic social observation, focus groups, and key informant interviews. This book aims to explain and highlight the mix of methods, and the important findings that have been emerging from this research, with the goal of providing guidance and inspiration for others doing similar work in cities of other developing nations.


Analysis of remotely sensed imagery Burgeoning West African Metropolis Census, survey and health clinic data Cities as drivers of new economic growth Family-building and reproductive health Health and well-being Living arrangements and fertility Medium and high resolution satellite imagery Near replacement fertility Poorer urban districts Quickbird imagery Rapidly expanding urban centers Spatial statistical analysis Urban disparities in health and well-being Urban growth Urban health research Urban morphology and neighborhood structure Urban slum health Welfare and productivity of urban inhabitants

Editors and affiliations

  • John R. Weeks
    • 1
  • Allan G. Hill
    • 2
  • Justin Stoler
    • 3
  1. 1., Department of GeographySan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  2. 2., Faculty of Social and Human SciencesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3., Dept of Geography and Regional StudiesUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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