Prof. G. Faimau
Block 247 Room 477; Email:
+267 355 2946
Professional Qualifications

Ph.D. in Sociology - University of Bristol, United Kingdom (2011)

MSc in Social Science Research Methods - University of Bristol (2007)

BA in Philosophy - Widya Sasana School of Philosophy and Theology, Malang, Indonesia (1996)

Brief Biography

I joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Botswana (UB) in 2013. Prior to starting Lectureship at UB, I was a Lecturer at Kgolagano College in Gaborone and a Teaching Assistant in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology in 2011 and MSc in Social Science Research Methods with distinction in 2007 at the SPAIS, University of Bristol. I was one of the recipients of the Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) awarded by the University of Bristol for my doctoral research. I actively participated in community development projects in Botswana from 2000 to 2006. Among others, I established the Lesang Bana Care Centre and initiated the Pabalelong Hospice in Metsimotlhabe village.

I was Principal Investigator of a study on “New Media and Religion in Botswana” funded by the Nagel Institute with funding from the John Templeton Foundation in the USA from 2016 to 2017. My current research focuses on “Motivations of Selfie-Taking and Ethical Sensibilities of Selfie-Posting among Young People in Botswana” and "Climate Change Communication." Currently, I am one of the Lead Partners of the Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (GCSMUS) and PLUS Sustainability project. Both projects are funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Apart from lecturing, I am also Coordinator of the Master's in Development Practice Programme at UB.

Teaching Areas

I teach the following courses at UB: Basic Concepts Principles of Social Research (SOC226), Research proposal Writing (SOC441), Data Analysis and Report Writing (SOC442) and Research and Analysis Methods (DVS607). I also coordinate Advanced Social Science Research Methods (FSS800), a postgraduate course designed for MPhil/PhD candidates at the University of Botswana. In addition, I teach two courses on technology and society at the Botswana University of Science and Technology (BIUST) in Palapye

Research Areas

My main research interests are focused on digital society and culture, new media and religious practice, multiculturalism and the politics of intercultural dialogue, climate change communication.

Postgraduate Supervision Areas

I currently (co-)supervise seven Ph.D. candidates and one MADVS student. I welcome MPhil/Ph.D. students for research in the following areas: digital society, new media and cultural/religious practices, technology and society, religion and politics, climate change communication.

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