Staff Profiles

Dr. Treasa M. Galvin


Faculty of Social Sciences


Senior Lecturer

Location: Block 240 Room 150
Phone: +267 355 2766
Email Dr. Treasa M. Galvin

D. Phil, (University of Zimbabwe), B.Sc.Soc (University of Zimbabwe), B. Soc. Sc (University College Cork, Ireland).

My research interests lie in the areas of migration and refugee movements, ethnic relations and kinship and family structures. My past research work includes: migration/mobility and inter-ethnic/racial marriage in Zimbabwe; the post-Independence policy of national reconciliation in Zimbabwe; refugee integration and the issue of multi-cultural healthcare in Ireland, as a relatively new refugee destination; access to HIV /AIDS services for migrants and refugees in Botswana; and the socioeconomic living conditions of Zimbabwean migrants in Botswana, Swaziland and South Africa. My current research explores migrant deportation practices in the Global South; human smuggling and trafficking in the Southern African region; and the impact of EU membership on Ireland’s response to undocumented migrants. Prior to joining the University of Botswana I lectured at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and the University of Zimbabwe.

Current Undergraduate teaching:

Introductory to Social and Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to Sociology

Race and Ethnic Relations

Current postgraduate teaching

Rural Development

I have also taught undergraduate courses in Family and Kinship, Researching Society, European Societies, Population, Society and Development and post graduate courses on Anthropology, Development and Social Change and Theoretical Issues in the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Migration, mobility and movement

Ethnic Relations

Family and Kinship

Migration, ethnicity, health.

Makgala, C. J., Galvin, T and Behrens, C. (eds.) 2019 Botswana Notes and Records, Volume 51.

Walker, R. and Galvin, T. 2018 “Labels, victims, and insecurity: an exploration of the lived realities of migrant women who sell sex in South Africa”. Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, Vol. 3, Issue 2.

Galvin., T. 2017 “What else can we do?” Strategies and negotiations around place and space in the case of “undocumented” Zimbabwean migrant workers in Botswana. Anthropology Southern Africa, Vol. 40, No. 2.

Galvin, T., Walker, B and Behrens, C.(eds.) 2016 Trafficking, Migration and Mobility in Southern Africa. Journal of Trafficking, Organised Crime and Security, Vol. 2, No. 2.

Galvin, T. 2015 “’We deport them but they keep coming back’: The normalcy of Deportation in the Daily Life of ‘Undocumented’ Zimbabwean Migrant Worker in Botswana". Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 41, Issue 4.

In pursuit of academic excellence