Treasa Galvin has a background and training in Social Anthropology and Sociology. Before moving to the University of Botswana, where she is currently a senior lecturer, Dr. Galvin lectured at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and the University of Zimbabwe. Her research interests lie in the areas of migration and refugee movements, ethnic relations and kinship and family structures.
Dr. Galvin’s current research explores the lack of access to healthcare services for migrants and refugees in Botswana; the deportation of undocumented Zimbabwean migrants from Botswana; human smuggling and trafficking in Zimbabwe and the wider Southern African region; and the impact of EU membership on Ireland’s response to undocumented migrants.
She has presented guest lectures at a number of Universities such as Lintz University in Austria, the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and the European Institute, Queen’s University Belfast together with summer schools at the University of Deusto (Spain) and the Refugee Studies Programme (Oxford University). Dr. Galvin has been involved in the development of a number of post-graduate degree programmes such as the Master’s Degree in Ethnic and Racial Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, the MPhil/PhD degree in Sociology at the University of Botswana and the Master’s Degree in Development Practice (MDP) (University of Botswana) of which she is currently the coordinator.
Her previous research includes exploration of: migration/mobility and inter-ethnic/racial marriage in Zimbabwe; the post-Independence policy of national reconciliation in Zimbabwe; refugee integration and the issue of multi-cultural healthcare in Ireland, as a relatively new refugee destination; access to HIV /AIDS services for migrants and refugees in Botswana; and the socio-economic living conditions of Zimbabwean migrants in Botswana, Swaziland and South Africa.