Emerita Prof. Elizabeth Ardayfio-Schandorf is a Professor of Geography and Environment, and a Development Consultant.
She attended the University of Ghana, Legon, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Geography. She holds a Ph. D. in Geography from the University of Birmingham, England. She also holds a post-doctoral Certificate in Environmental Resource Utilization and Management/Rural Energy System and another Post-Doctoral certificate in Women, Public Policy and Development from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne, USA in 1990.
She was appointed a Lecturer in Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana in 1974. By dint of hard work she was promoted through the ranks and in 1997 she became a full Professor of Geography and Resource Development. She is a seasoned lecturer with a wide ranging teaching experience both nationally and internationally. She has taught in many Universities in the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and other African countries. In addition she has been actively involved in academic research as well as policy and action oriented-research. She is well known for her works and publications on rural energy systems and gender inequality. She has published many books and several articles in reputed international journals.
She was the Head of the Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, the National Project Coordinator of the Family and Development Programme and the West Africa Representative of the Commonwealth Geographical Bureau.
She is a Member of the Architect Registration Council, and serves on numerous Committees and Boards in the University and outside the university.
Emerita Prof. Elizabeth Ardayfio-Schandorf is currently the Vice President (Arts) of the Academy, Emerita Professor of Geography; Former Head of Department, Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Legon; Former West Africa Representative Commonwealth Geographical Bureau; Africa Representative, Gender Commission, International Geographical Union; the First Fellow of the United Nations Leadership Academy, University of Jordan; Member of the Architects Registration Council; Member of Council, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana].
She was elected to the Fellowship of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in February 2003. Currently she is the Honorary Treasurer of the Academy. She was conferred with the Emeritus status by the University of Ghana in 2011.