Staff Profiles

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Prof. Joseph Elizeri Mbaiwa
Director & Professor of Tourism Studies
Department:
Okavango Research Institute
Office:
Admin Block 014
Phone:
+267-681-7224

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

  • B.A. Environmental Science & History. University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana (1992)

GRADUATE EDUCATION

  • PDGE (Postgraduate Diploma in Education), University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana (1993).
  • M.Sc. (Environmental Science), University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana (1999).
  • Ph.D. (Parks, Recreation & Tourism Science), Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America (2008).
  • PCPSPM (Postgraduate Certificate in Public Sector Project Management), Botswana Accountancy College, Gaborone, Botswana (2018).

 

CITATION INDEX (January 2019)

  • Google Scholar Citations - 2682 
  • H-index                25
  • i10-index             45          

 

RESEARCH INTEREST & FOCUS

  • Tourism development: I am using a mixed methodological approach (qualitative and quantitative methods) to analyze whether tourism development can be used as a tool to achieve improved rural livelihoods and biodiversity conservation in natural resource rich environments like the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
  • Rural Livelihoods: I am using community-based approaches like the Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM), ecotourism and sustainable tourism to analyze the effectiveness of these approaches in promoting improved rural livelihoods and biodiversity conservation in local community environments especially those living in wildlife areas.
  • Biodiversity conservation & Natural Resource Management: Globally and in Botswana, natural resources such as wildlife and forests are generally on decline. As a result, my research focus has been to establish whether sustainable development approaches like sustainable tourism development are not useful tools where stakeholders (government, private sector, local communities, Non-Governmental Organisations) can jointly use such to achieve biodiversity conservation.
  • Environmental Management: I have focused on doing research that aims at improving Botswana’s environmental base. That is, Botswana is faced with the growing pressure on water resources; the degradation of rangeland pasture resources; the depletion of wood resources; overuse or exploitation of some rangeland products; pollution of air, water, soil and vegetation resources; and wildlife depletion.

RESEARCH SKILLS

  • Qualitative Research Methods and analytical tools: Ethnographic methods (observation, Focus Group Discussion and interviews), surveys, data collection, sampling (purposive sampling, judgement, snowballing), thematic or content analysis etc.
  • Quantitative research Methods and analytical tools: quantitative data and analysis using Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) software statistical tools such as correlation, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), chi-square, regression etc.
  • Mixed Method approach – I have been trained in the mixed method approach or triangulation when doing research. This involves the use of both qualitative and quantitative approaches in research. These are methods I used in both my masters and doctorate research.
  • Document studies: I have the skills in the collection of data from secondary data sources particularly from published and unpublished work. This includes data collection from materials such as: journal articles, books, magazines, newspapers, government policy documents, reports, maps, and audio-visual information etc.

 

BIO SKETCH 

Prof Joseph E. Mbaiwa is the Director of the Okavango Research Institute (ORI), University of Botswana. His credentials are as follows: Professor of Tourism studies (2013 to present), Associate Professor of Tourism Studies (2010-13), Senior Research Scholar (2005-2010), Research Scholar (2000-2005). He graduated with a PhD in Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University (USA) in 2008. He also holds M.Sc. (Environmental Science), Post graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Bachelor’s Degree in (Environmental Science) all from University of Botswana. Prof Mbaiwa also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Sector Project Management from Botswana Accountancy College (2017-2018). Prof Mbaiwa has close to 20 years experience in tourism and natural resource management research and consultancy experience in Botswana. He is widely published on issues of tourism development, rural livelihoods and biodiversity conservation issues with focus on the Okavango Delta Botswana. He was a taskforce member appointed by the Ministry of Environmental, Natural Resource Conservation and Tourism to prepare a proposal dossier that resulted in the Okavango Delta being listed as the 1000th UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Kgathi, DL, Mosimanyana, E., Mbaiwa, JE, & Masamba, WL (Eds.) (2018). Ecosystem Services and Human Well-Being at Lake Ngami, Botswana, Nova Science Publishers, New York. 397pages. ISBN: 978-1-53613-988-4.
  • Mbaiwa, J.E. & Darkoh, M.B.K. (2006). Tourism and the Environment in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Pula Press, Gaborone, 193pp, ISBN 99912 61 141.
  • Gontse, K., Mbaiwa, J. E., & Thakadu, O. T. (2018). Effects of wildlife crop raiding on the livelihoods of arable farmers in Khumaga, Boteti sub-district, Botswana. Development Southern Africa, 35(6), 791-802.
  • Mbaiwa, J.E., Motsholapheko, R.M., Kgathi, D.L. & Monnamorwa, S. (2018). Tourism and Energy Use in Lodges and Camps in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. International Journal of Tourism Policy, 8(1):1-17.
  • Mbaiwa, J. E. (2018). Effects of the safari hunting tourism ban on rural livelihoods and wildlife conservation in Northern Botswana. South African Geographical Journal, 100 (1):41-61.
  • Mbaiwa, J.E. (2017): Poverty or riches: who benefits from the booming tourism industry in Botswana? Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 35:1, 93-112.
  • Mbaiwa, J.E. (2015). Ecotourism in Botswana: 25 years later. Journal of Ecotourism, 14(2-3):204-222.
  • Mbaiwa, J.E. (2012). Hosts and Guests: Stereotypes and Myths of International Tourism in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. In: W. E. A. van Beek & A. Schmidt (eds.). African Hosts & their Guests: Cultural Dynamics of Tourism in Africa, pp117-136.
  • Mbaiwa, J.E. (2011). Cultural Commodification and Tourism: The Goo-Moremi Community, Central Botswana. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 102(3)290-301.
  • Mbaiwa, J.E., Bernard, F.E. & Orford, C.E. (2008). Limits of Acceptable Change for Tourism in the Okavango Delta. Botswana Notes and Records, 39:98-112.
  • Mbaiwa, J.E., Ngwenya, B.N. & Kgathi, D.L. (2008). Contending with Unequal and Privileged Access to Natural Resources and Land in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Singapore Tropical Geographical Journal, 29(2): 155-172.
  • Mbaiwa, J.E. & Mbaiwa, O.I. (2006). The Effects of Veterinary Fences on Wildlife Populations in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. International Journal of Wilderness, 12(3): 17-23.
  • Mbaiwa, J.E. (2005). Enclave Tourism and its Socio-economic Impacts in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Tourism Management, 26(2): 157-172.

STUDENT SUPERVISION

  • Ms Poifo Jibajiba – M.Phil. in Natural Resource Management, Economic Aspects of human Wildlife Conflicts in Boteti and Okavango Delta. Main Supervisor. Graduated in October 2018.
  • Mr Gontsi Kelekgosi – M.Phil. in Natural Resource Management (ORI), Thesis Title: Perceptions and Attitudes of local communities towards Human wildlife conflicts in Boteti and Okavango Delta, Botswana. Main Supervisor – Graduated, October 2017.
  • Ms Kedirileng Mhale – M.Phil. in Natural Resource Management, Occupational Health and Safety in Accommodation Facilities in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Main Supervisor – Graduated in October 2017.
  • Mr Unabo Tafa: MPhil in Natural Resource Management, (ORI) – Thesis Title: The Role of Tourism Development and Land Use Conflicts at Tachila Nature Reserve. Main Supervisor, Graduated in October 2016.
  • Ms. Site Alton – Master of Development Practice (MDP), Thesis Title: Perceptions of workers towards HIV and AIDS in accommodation facilities in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Main-supervisor, Graduated in October 2016.
  • Ms. Esther Juan Elias - Master of Development Practice (MDP), Thesis Title: Analysis of risk factors influencing Adolescence Pregnancy and Prevalence: Case of Maun senior secondary school in the Okavango Delta Botswana, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Main-supervisor, Graduated in October 2016.
  • Dr Monkgogi Lenao – PhD (Geography), Thesis Title: Tourism, Rural tourism development and economic diversification for local communities in Botswana the case of Lekhubu Island, Department of Geography, University of Olu, Finland. Co-Advisor- 2014.
  • Mr Owen Musora – M.Phil. in Natural Resource Management (ORI) – Thesis Title: The Ecological Impacts of Tourism in the Okavango Delta, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, main-supervisor, Graduated in 2013.
  • Ms. Gaositwe Lillian Pelane: Master of Science in Environmental Science – Thesis Title: The Role of MOMS in Community Based Natural Resource Management and Monitoring: A Comparative Case Study of Sankuyo (Botswana) and Mashi Conservancy (Namibia), Department of Environmental Science, University of Botswana, Co-supervisor, Graduated in 2013.
  • Mr Monkgogi Lenao – M.Sc. (Environmental Science) – Thesis Title: Tourism, Cultural Authenticity and Cultural Commoditization: The Case of Traditional Basketry in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, Department of Environmental Science, University of Botswana, Co-supervisor, Graduated in October 2009.

SELECTED PROJECTS

  • Tourism Development, Rural Livelihoods and Conservation in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
  • Network of Excellence in Renewable Energy Technologies for Development (NEED). Source: Europe Aid/133437/D/ACT/ACPTPS.
  • Research Capacity Development for Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management “(SASSCAL) Countries. 
  • Exploring human-wildlife interactions in Agro-Ecosystens in Northern Botswana. Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management “(SASSCAL).
  • National Science Foundation (US NSF) Funded Research project  on Natural Resource Utilization and Land Use Conflicts in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. 

 

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