Nord research fellow is among the world's most cited researchers

For the second year in a row, PhD research fellow Samuel Asumadu Sarkodie at Nord University Business School is on the list of the world's most cited researchers.

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Honour and handshake: Vice-dean Terje Andreas Mathisen congratulates research fellow Samuel Asumadu Sarkodie for again being on the list of the most cited researchers in the world. Photo: Svein-Arnt Eriksen


The Highly Cited Researchers list is made by the analytics company Clarivate, which annually ranks the most cited researchers in the world.

According to newspaper Khrono, there are 6930 researchers on the list in 2022. Among them are 26 Norwegian researchers.

Samuel says it gives him a great feeling to be on the exclusive list, which is mostly dominated by American and Chinese researchers.

In Bodø with his wife

Samuel Asumadu Sarkodie from Ghana came to Nord University in 2019.  

His wife, Phebe Asantewaa, is also a research fellow at the faculty. She was the one who first got a position as research fellow in Bodø.


Among the world's most cited: Samuel Asumadu Sarkodie is a research fellow at Nord University Business School. Photo: Svein-Arnt Eriksen

They met in 2008 in Ghana and later married. During this period, Samuel worked in Australia and Phebe in Cyprus.  

"Now we are very happy to be here", Phebe says.

“One of the reasons is that Nord University has a good reputation. So when I got the chance, I just had to take it", she says.

According to Phebe, Samuel works day and night.

Loves to write 

Samuel says he loves to write research articles.  

“It's both work and a hobby. And when I am quoted, it gives me additional inspiration. It is my passion for climate and the environment that drives me. It makes me proud when I succeed”, he says.​

Samuel came to Bodø because he got the chance at Nord University to work with his passion for climate and sustainability. He is also quite versatile, as shown in his scientific publications

A role model for the faculty

Vice-dean of Nord University Business School, Terje Mathisen, is impressed by Samuel’s achievements. 

"Samuel was on the list last year as well, so it's an impressive achievement. The number of citations shows how relevant your work is to research communities and society at large. His presence on this list shows not only that he has a great research capacity, but also that he gets noticed by being read and having an influence in international research communities," says Mathisen. 

"He is a role model for the Business School and a key contributor for his research group at the Economic Analysis and Accounting Division," says Mathisen.  ​

Colleague PhD candidate Stephen Kwasi Nkesah, also from Ghana, is equally impressed by Samuel's efforts and quality in research.  

"This work is important for Nord University and for Norway," he says.  ​


Colleague and wife. Samuel Asumadu Sarkodie together with his colleague Kwasi Nkesah and wife and colleague Phebe Asantewaa. Photo: Svein-Arnt Eriksen