Profile: Ezekiel Kalipeni

Dr. Ezekiel Kalipeni, Program Director, Geography and Spatial Sciences Program, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia, and Professor of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA. Dr. Kalipeni specializes in population, medical and environmental and resource issues. His research centers on sub-Saharan Africa and Malawi in particular.

Ezekiel Kalipeni earned his MA and PhD degrees in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 and 1986 respectively. He taught geography at the University of Malawi from 1986 to 1988. He then returned to the United States to Join the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1988 to 1991 as a visiting assistant professor. In 1991, he moved to Colgate University where he taught courses in geography. In 1994, he moved to his current position at the University of Illinois and in August 2009 he joined the National Science Foundation as Program Director for the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program.

Dr. Kalipeni has carried out extensive research on the population dynamics of Malawi, concentrating on fertility, mortality, migration and health care issues. His most recent books include: Turning Science into Action: Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management in Africa (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, edited with Ibulaim Kakoma, Yibayiri O. Sanogo, Katie Fawcett Dick E. Warner, 2009); Strong Women, Dangerous Times: Gender and HIV/AIDS in Africa (New York: Nova Science Publishers, edited with Karen Flynn and Cynthia Pope, 2009); Krabacher, T.; Kalipeni, E. and Layachi, A. 2009. Global Studies: Africa (Dubuque, Iowa: McGraw-Hill Contemporary Learning Series, co-authored with T. Karabacher and A. Layachi, 2009); HIV/AIDS in Africa: Gender, Agency and Empowerment (Guest edited with Assata Zerai and Joseph Oppong as special issue of Social Science and Medicine 64(5), 2007); HIV/AIDS in Africa: Beyond Epidemiology (Blackwell Publishers, edited with Susan Craddock, Joseph Oppong, and Jayati Ghosh, 2004), He is in the process of finalizing special issues as guest editor for GeoJournal and Progress in Development, as well as many book chapters and encyclopedic essays.

Dr. Kalipeni is currently working on HIV/AIDS in Africa and population and environmental issues in Malawi. He is utilizing the power of GIS, particularly the spatial analyst module in ARCGIS/ARCMap to map, model, explain and forecast the trend of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

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Updated: August 2009