Joseph Ayitio

PHD Student

Joseph Ayitio

Joseph Ayitio

Academic Area(s): Real Estate & Planning
Supervisor(s): Professor Angelique Chettiparambil Rajan, Professor Peter Wyatt
Research Topic(s): : Beyond hybrid land governance: monetarised customary land transactions and the dilemmas of land value capture in Ghana

Areas of academic interest

Urban governance; Land policy; Property rights; Planning in the global south; Land value capture


Joseph‘s doctoral research focuses on the political economy of land value capture in Ghana with emphasis on customary land. It explores how institutions of the state combine with those of non-state authorities to deliver urban land to the market with a focus on capturing some of the land value increments.

While in consultancy, Joseph advised private and public sector clients in Ghana and Liberia on affordable housing issues, urban transport, local economic development and planning policy. He was involved in developing Ghana’s National Housing Policy, Liberia’s national housing strategy and UN-Habitat’s Quick Policy Guide Series on Housing the Poor in African Cities. Joseph currently consults for the Ministry of Roads and Highways on the Ghana Transport Sector Improvement Project as a Social Safeguards Specialist.


  • MSc International Planning and Sustainable Urban Management, University of Reading, - Distinction (2013)
  • BSc. Development Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – First class (2011)
  • Member of the Ghana Institute of Planners – since 2014

Research Grants

Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) PhD Studentship


The Royal Town Planning Institute Prize for the best overall performance on an RTPI accredited programme (2013). Real Estate & Planning, University of Reading, UK


Ayitio, J., Bittir, S., Donkor-Hyiaman, K., and Sarfoh, O. K (2017), Access to long-term capital: The Case of Ghana Home Loans. In Centre for Affordable Housing Case Study Series. Centre for Affordable Housing Finance South Africa.