Staff Profiles

Dr. Gwen Lesetedi

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Faculty of Social Sciences


Senior Lecturer

Location: Block 240 Room 147
Phone: +267 355 2763
Email Dr. Gwen Lesetedi

PhD (Sociology) University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 2005

MA (Demography) Georgetown University, Washington DC., USA, 1987

Post-graduate Diploma (Population Studies) RIPS, University of Ghana, Accra, 1982

BA (Sociology and Public Administration) University of Zambia, Lusaka, 1981

Dr Gwen N. Lesetedi is a staunch gender activist and is currently a senior lecturer in the Sociology Department, University of Botswana. She holds a PhD (Sociology) from University of Cape Town, South Africa; MA (Demography) from Georgetown University, Washington DC., USA; Post-graduate Diploma, Regional Institute of Population Studies, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana; and BA (Sociology and Public Administration) University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia. She started her working career as a demographer in the then Central Statistics Office now Statistics Botswana where she worked for ten years and left to join the University of Botswana in 1994. She has also been a part time research associate with Women and the Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) since 1994 and conducted studies most of which have culminated in co-authored publications on the Family, Domestic Violence and HIV and AIDS. She has conducted extensive research and published on gender and development. Her most recent publication is entitled, “A Theoretical Perspective on Women and Poverty in Botswana” published in the Journal of International Women's Studies in 2018.

Introduction to Sociology

Mixed Research Methods

Urban Sociology

Gender and Development

Gender and Development

Urban Development

Poverty and Social Inequalities


Urban Development

Family and Society


Gender and Development

Lesetedi, G. N. (2018). High Youth Unemployment in Botswana: A Case of Policy Failure or Poor Research? Mosenodi Journal Vol. 21 (1): 127 - 136

Lesetedi, G. N. (2018). A Theoretical Perspective on Women and Poverty in Botswana. Journal of International Women's Studies, 19(5), 193-208.

 Lesetedi, G.N. 2013   “Persistence of urban-rural linkages among men and women in Botswana: the case of low income residents in Gaborone” in Botswana Journal of Technology Vol. 20, No. 1 April 2013

 Lesetedi, G.N. 2005. "Rethinking Gender within the Context of the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic". A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies Vol. 2 (1), Summer 2005

In pursuit of academic excellence