Staff Profiles

Dr Monkgogi Lenao

Monkgogi Lenao

Faculty of Business

Tourism and Hospitality Management

Senior Lecturer

Location: 245-110
Phone: +267 355 4522
Email Dr Monkgogi Lenao

PhD, Tourism Geography [2014]

MSc, Environmental Science (Tourism) [2009]

BA, Social Science (Environment Science and Sociology) [2005]

Monkgogi Lenao is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management at the University of Botswana. Lenao holds a PhD in Geography (Tourism) from the University of Oulu in Finland, a Master of Science in Environmental Science (Tourism), as well as a BA in Social Sciences (Environmental Science and Sociology) from the University of Botswana. His research interests’ centre around sustainable tourism, cultural and heritage tourism, community based tourism and rural tourism. He has authored and co-authored a few peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters in his specific areas of interest. He has recently co-edited an edited book project dealing with tourism development, natural resources and livelihoods in the sub-region.  Lenao is a reviewer for a number of high level tourism journals including Annals of Tourism Research and Tourism Geographies among others. In his current position, Lenao handles a range of courses in tourism and resources conservation. In addition, he is involved with both undergraduate and graduate level research supervision in the Faculty of Business. He is also the outgoing Editorial Chairperson of the Bi-ennial conference of the Faculty of Business at the University of Botswana.

Cultural and resources based tourism

Community based tourism

Tourist behaviour

Corporate social responsibility

Research methods

Rural tourism development and community livelihoods

Community based tourism and sustainability

Tourism and power relations

Cultural and natural resources conservation and tourism

Tourism development and community livelihoods

Culture and heritage tourism development

Community based tourism and sustainability

Tourism and power relations

Tourism management and planning

Stone, M.T, Lenao, M., and Moswete, N. N. (Eds.) (2019) Natural resources, Tourism and Community livelihoods in    Southern Africa: Challenges for Sustainable Development, New York, Routledge.

Lenao M. (2017) Community, the state and power relations in community-based cultural tourism development: local perspectives on Lekhubu Island tourism development, Botswana. Tourism Geographies, 19(3): 483–501.

Lenao M. and Saarinen J. (2016) Political ecology and community-based natural resources management: narratives and practices of power sharing in Botswana. In Nepal S. & Saarinen J (eds.) Political ecology and tourism. (115–129) Routledge, London.

Lenao M. and Basupi, B. (2016) Ecotourism development and female empowerment in Botswana: a review. Tourism Management Perspectives, 18: 51–58.

Saarinen J. and Lenao M. (2014) Integrating tourism to rural development and planning in the developing world. Development Southern Africa 31(3), 363–372.

In pursuit of academic excellence