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Professor Nana Araba Apt

Professor of Sociology and Dean of Academic Affairs


Profeesor of Sociology and Dean of Academic Affairs
Ashesi University, Ghana



Ashesi University
No. 87, 3rd Norla Extension, North Labone
PMB CT3 Cantonments
Accra, Ghana





Dr. Apt (MSW, PhD) is a professor of Sociology and presently, the Dean of Academic Affairs at Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana. She previously chaired the Departments of Sociology and Social Work at the University of Ghana, Legon and was the Director of the Centre for Social policy Studies at the same university. A founding member and past president of the African Gerontological Society and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of HelpAge International, Prof Apt was a member of the United Nations technical team for the 2002 Second World Assembly on Ageing. Author of five books including Coping with old age in a changing Africa and over 70 articles and book chapters on ageing in Africa, Prof. Apt has received awards for her work from the UN Secretary General, the British Geriatrics Society and the International Federation on Ageing


Key research/capacity building interests


Research Interests

  • Gender and ageing
  • Grandparenthood roles
  • Rural ageing
  • Informal care

Capacity Building Interests

  • Social development and social welfare curriculum development
  • Social gerontology curriculum development
  • Social welfare planning and research

Key methodological skills

  • Qualitative methods: Life histories; Focus groups, In-depth interviews
  • Survey design & data analysis

Current/planned research

Integrated response of health care systems to rapid Population Ageing (INTRA) – funded by WHO.


Current engagement in capacity building

Supervision of graduate research in gerontology and developing gerontology curricula for MSW program at the University of Ghana.