Prof Joseph E. Mbaiwa is the Director of the Okavango Research Institute (ORI), University of Botswana. His credentials also include: Professor of Tourism studies (2013 to present), Associate Professor of Tourism Studies (2010-13), Senior Research Scholar (2005-2010), Research Scholar (2000-2005). He has over 20 years’ experience in tourism and natural resource management research and consultancy experience in Botswana. He is widely published in areas of tourism development, rural livelihoods and biodiversity conservation issues with focus on the Okavango Delta Botswana.He has published over 150 publications including: 4 books, 63 journal articles, 42 book chapters, 22 referred conference proceedings, 11 technical reports, 32 consultancy reports and presented over 92 papers in international and national conferences. Prof Mbaiwa has supervised and graduated 15 Masters and PhD students. He was a taskforce member that prepared a proposal dossier that resulted in the listing of the Okavango Delta as the 1000th World Heritage Site. He is also a Board Member of the Botswana Tourism Organisation.
Prof JE Mbaiwa was trained in Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management and Tourism Sciences. His research interests include: tourism development, rural livelihoods, community-based natural resource management, environmental management, natural resource use and biodiversity conservation. Prof Mbaiwa has used the Okavango Delta in Botswana as his study area hence he rhetorically describes the Okavango Delta as his "research laboratory".
Prof JE Mbaiwa has supervised and graduated 16 Masters and PhD students in the following areas: