Esther Nkhukhu-Orlando

  • Role in Center:

    SMUS Project Coordinator (Botswana)

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  • University:

    University of Botswana

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Biography: Esther Nkhukhu-Orlando is a Sociology Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Botswana. She previously worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at Northern Arizona University in the US. She has also worked shortly in the Gender Unit at Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat where among other roles she conducted research on progress on the fight against GBV and HIV/AIDS in the SADC member states. She began her post-graduate training at UB in 2007, studying for MA in Development studies, through which in 2009 she got a visiting scholarship at Northern Arizona University (NAU) where she later graduated with MA in Applied Sociology. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at UB. In 2014, she conducted a study on the Impacts of Transnational Education for the British Council as the In-country Researcher (Botswana). The British council commissioned McNamara Economic Research (MCER) to undertake a programme of research on the impacts of Transnational Education (TNE) in 11 host countries. She also provided training for teachers and students on Children’s rights, stigma and HIV/AIDS and wrote an Internship Manuscript titled Sexual Reproductive Health Rights of Women Living with HIV/AIDS during an internship at BONELA. She is also an advocate for children’s rights and have since co-founded an NGO called Botswana Organization for Fathers and Children at Risk (BOFCAR) to lead and coordinate strategic work efforts that are bringing multiple voices to the table to make systemic changes for children and family well-being.

Selected Publications:

  • Nkhukhu-Orlando, E. Ayoh Ndi, L. C. & Massimo, C. (2021). Ubuntuism, Book Chapter in African Isms: Africa and the Globalized World. Edited by Abdul Karim Bangura. Peter Lang:USA.

  • Nkhukhu-Orlando, E., Brown, B., Wilson, D. R., Forcheh, N. Linn, J. G. & Fako, T. T. (2019). The Affective Commitment of Academics in a University in Botswana. International Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, 11 , (2): 12-19.

  • Conducting Research and Mentoring Students in Africa: CODESRIA College of Mentors Handbook (2019). CODESRIA African Diaspora Project: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Dakar, Senegal. Available Online at the CODESSRIA website.

  • Fako, T. T., Nkhukhu-Orlando, E., Wilson, D. R., Forcheh, N. & Linn, J. G. (2018). Factors associated with organizational commitment of academic employees in Botswana. International Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, 10 (6): 56- 64.

  • Nkhukhu-Orlando, E. (2015). Technological Changes at the University of Botswana: Academics and Blended Learning. ECEL2015-14th European Conference on e-Learning.

  • Fako, T.T., Wilson, D.R., Linn, J.G., Forcheh, N., Nkhukhu, E. & Harris M.A. (2014). Desire to Work in an Organization Forever among University Employees in Botswana. Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research, 6(1), 8-15.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Formal Organizations
  • Change Management
  • Mixed Methodology
  • Gender and HIV/AIDS
  • Children’s rights
  • Deviance
  • Educational Technologies in higher education institution

Prizes & Awards:

2017: One of the 50 of PhD Candidates in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Higher Education Studies Mentored under the CODESRIA African Academic Diaspora Support to African Universities Program. Attended the institute held at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, April 17th -28th 2017.

2015: Junior Research Scholar award: Awarded by JSAS (Journal of Southern African Studies), Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR, Lusaka, Zambia), Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE).

2009: Exchange Student Scholarship
Awarded the University of Botswana’ Center for International Education’s scholarship to be the first exchange student of the Masters of Arts in Development Studies at Northern Arizona University in the United States of America.

Memberships & Networks:

Member of Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) (2017-today)