Becky Walker

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Becky Walker is a postdoctoral research fellow at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS).  With a background in Social Anthropology and Development, Becky’s work explores women’s experiences of everyday violence in both South Asia and Southern Africa.

Duduzile Ndlovu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dudu is currently completing her PHD with ACMS, where she also undertook an MA in 2010. Dudu’s doctoral research title is on ‘Gender, Generational Difference and Memory: An exploration of art on Gukurahundi in Johannesburg, South Africa’.

Elsa Oliveira

Doctoral Research Fellow

Elsa Oliveira is doctoral research fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society, and co-coordinator of the MoVE project. Since 2010, Elsa has been involved in a range of research projects exploring the lived experiences of migrant groups in South Africa that make use of participatory visual and narrative methods. 

Goitse Manthata

Doctoral Research Fellow

Goitse Manthata is a doctoral research fellow. Prior to joining the ACMS, she worked with Doctors without Borders on a Stop Stockouts Project as a Data Manager.  Based in Johannesburg, her PhD research explores migration, health and wellbeing on the urban periphery.

Greta Schuler

Doctoral Research Fellow

Greta Schuler is a PhD candidate in creative writing and a doctoral fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS). Her research focuses on the lives of migrant sex workers in Johannesburg. Greta is involved in facilitating creative writing workshops with sex workers, and coordinates the Izwi Lethu newsletter project, as part of MoVE.

Jo Vearey

Associate Professor & maHp Coordinator

Jo Vearey is an Associate Professor with the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand.  She holds an Honorary Fellowship with the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, and a Senior Fellowship at the Centre for Peace, Development and Democracy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In 2015, Jo was awarded a Humanities and Social Science Wellcome Trust Investigator Award.

Khangelani Moyo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Khangelani Moyo is a postdoctoral research fellow, and a migration, China-Africa and urban studies research specialist with academic training in Sociology, Urban Studies, Anthropology and Migration Studies.

Kuda Vanyoro

Research Assistant & MA Candidate

Kuda Vanyoro is a MA (research) student at the African Centre for Migration & Society. His research is exploring policy-making around migration and health in Johannesburg and Vhembe, with a focus on the ways in which frontline healthcare providers act as street level bureaucrats.

Lenore Longwe

Office Manager

Lenore Longwe is the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) office manager. She has a degree in Public Administration from the University of the Western Cape. Her previous employment includes project administrator at Umsubomvu Youth Fund and Admin Coordinator at Robben Island Museum.

Meghna Singh

Visual Artist and Researcher

Meghna Singh is a doctoral candidate at the University of Cape Town and a research associate at the African Centre for Migration and Society at Wits University Johannesburg. Hailing from New Delhi (India) Meghna is currently pursuing visual art practice and a research project on the theme of oceanic migrations in South Africa.

Mphatso Kamndaya

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mphatso Kamndaya has a PhD in Public Health from the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Public Health. His research interests are in the social determinants of health, with a focus on untangling the influence of local measures of material disadvantage on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in vulnerable urban environments.

Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon

Writing Fellow

Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon is a researcher, writer and anthropologist. He is currently based  at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) as Writing Fellow on the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa. 

Naledi Mazibuko

Communications, Outreach and Administrative Support

Naledi is the postgraduate teaching administrator and a member of the maHp public engagement team.

Ntokozo Yingwana

Communication and Research Uptake Officer

Ntokozo Yingwana joined the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), at the University of the Witwatersrand) in April 2016 as the Communication and Research Uptake Officer.

Quinten Edward Williams

Artist and Visual Researcher

Quinten Edward Williams is a Johannesburg based artist. Arts-based research projects provide him with the opportunity to work with nuanced relationships that are embedded in specific places.

Stanford Mahati

Postdoctoral Fellow

Stanford Mahati is a postdoctoral fellow at the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand. His current research is supported by funding awarded from the Wellcome Trust- through maHp – and the ‘Life in the City’ programme of the Wits School of Governance.

Tackson Makandwa

Doctoral Research Fellow

Tackson Makandwa is a doctoral research fellow.  He worked as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Great Zimbabwe University, and as a processing officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs before joining the ACMS, where he also undertook an MA in Migration & Displacement.

Thea de Gruchy

Doctoral Research Fellow

Thea de Gruchy is a doctoral research fellow and has been at the ACMS since undertaking her MA in Migration & Displacement in 2013.  Her PhD is funded through a Wellcome Trust doctoral fellowship, awarded through maHp, and explores the making and effects of policy around migration and health for migrant farm workers in Vhembe District, Limpopo.

Theresa Sommers

Doctoral Candidate

Theresa Sommers is a PhD candidate in Global Governance and Human Security, with a focus on Global Health, at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and is a visiting student at the ACMS, WITS. She holds a BA in International Relations (Wellesley College, 2004) and a Master of Public Health (Boston University, 2007).

Zaheera Jinnah


Zaheera Jinnah has a PhD in anthropology and a background in development studies and social work. Her research interests are in labour migration, gender and diaspora studies. She is a researcher at the ACMS where she teaches, supervises graduate students, and engages in policy and academic research.