Abdul-Rahim graduated with his Master of Arts in Environmental Policy in 2018. Born in Tamale, the capital of Northern region in Ghana, he had his basic and secondary education in the same city. Abdul-Rahim attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Development Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. During his undergraduate program, he gained wealth of knowledge in directing change in society through practical problem solving techniques. During and after his four-year undergraduate program, he acquired practical experience in microfinancing, community development and planning, and governance through various voluntary and internship programs. This carved him into a self determined person driven by the desire to improve lives, especially in deprived rural and remote areas. Having completed his bachelor’s degree in 2014, Abdul-Rahim served as a Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department of Planning, KNUST for one year in line with mandatory national service required by Ghanaian students after tertiary education. During this period, he actively engaged in preparation of course materials, research work, guiding students through practical planning field activities and delivering tutorials. He has since taken the path to becoming an astute academic with a desire to impact communities through research.
Abdul-Rahim’s life experiences has made him passionate about development with diverse research interest in community planning and development, local governance, local economic development, environmental and social sustainability, and food security. However, under the Environmental Policy Program, he will pursue specific research in agriculture and food security in Newfoundland and Labrador under the supervision of Roza Tchoukaleyska. The study will examine key issues around farmer attraction and retention including motivations and deliberate interventions in this direction. In line with this, Abdul-Rahim is undertaking an internship on a project through the Grand Lake Centre for Economic Development under Growing Forward 2 funding to develop a Strategic Agricultural Plan (SAP) for the Humber Region. It is of his outmost desire that his research will contribute to ongoing discussions on agriculture and food security in the province as well as provide important inputs to improve healthy living in Newfoundland and beyond. He also hopes to develop various aspects of his personal, academic and professional life to be a change agent in Ghana and the world at large.