Staff Profiles

Dr. Tumani Malinga

Dr. Tumani Malinga

Faculty of Social Sciences

Social Work

Senior Lecturer

Location: Block 240 Room 208
Phone: +2673552689
Email Dr. Tumani Malinga

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Gender Relations in International Development (Minor), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Masters in Social Work, University of Utah, USA
  • Bachelor in Social Work, University of Botswana, Botswana

Tumani Malinga (PhD.)- Senior Lecturer at the University of Botswana, Department of Social Work. 

Her research is focused on low-income women's lived experiences to understand the psychosocial pathways that might have exposed them to risks in their life course. She is also interested in gender issues, HIV and AIDS, mental health issues, social work in health settings, and adolescents’ life skills. She has also conducted research in the area of HIV and adolescents with the aim of developing HIV and STD prevention intervention program for Batswana Adolescents.  Her teaching focuses on practice or clinical and research based courses. Post MSW, she worked directly with clients in the hospital setting in Botswana to help them adjust and adapt post hospitalization; link clients with community resources; discharge planning; and in advocating for clients’ rights and needs. She has also worked with disciplinary committees aimed at improving service delivery in health settings. 

Dr. Malinga teaches both the undergraduate and graduate level courses with a focus on social work practice and social work research. She also teaches an elective course, First Year Experience: Learning to Succeed which aims to orient first year year students into the University. 



  • Children youth and families
  • Childhood adversity
  • Poverty
  • Low-income women
  • Gender based violence
  • Adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health 
  • Qualitative research 

Dr. Malinga provides guidance to both graduate and undergradute level students conducting research  as a partical requirement to fulfil their training. 

  • Children youth and families
  • Low-income women
  • Gender based violence
  • Adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health  


Tabb Dina, K., Malinga, T., Pineros-Leano, M., & Drumond Andrade, F. C. (2017). Impact of pre-pregnancy weight and gestational weight gain on birth outcomes by nativity: A systematic review. Health Care Journal, 5(67): doi:10.3390/healthcare5040067

Rombo, D., Lutomia, A. N., Malinga, T. (2017). Water and Sanitation in East Africa: Perspectives from Africana Feminism. Africology: The Journal of Pan African studies, 10(5): 190-203. Available at

Book Chapters

Malinga, T. & Modie-Moroka, T. (2020). Researching African Diasporas: A Life Course and Qualitative Approach. In Uche T. Onyebadi (Ed.), Multidisciplinary Issues Surrounding African Diasporas, (pp.1-26). IGI Global. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5079-2.ch001

Malinga, T., Ntshwarang, P. N., & Lecha, M. (2018). Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work Practice: Case of Botswana. In A. Sandu and A. FRunza (Eds.), Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice (pp.82-105). Place, IGI 

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