Researchers

Dr. Gabriel Faimau
University of Botswana, Botswana

Team Leader

Gabriel Faimau, PhD is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Botswana (UB). Dr. Faimau’s main research interests are focused on multiculturalism, religion and politics, new media and religious practice, religion on the Internet, the politics of intercultural dialogue and social implications of HIV/AIDS. His current research on the dynamics of religious economy in Botswana focuses on how religious marketing shapes the socio-cultural and religious landscape in Botswana. He is also currently involved as a research team member in the study on New Media Practices in a Changing Africa, funded by the Research Council of Norway (http://www.mediafrica.no/). He has written extensively in the area of media discourses and cultural representations and has published numerous refereed research articles in international journals, including Journalism Studies, Cogent Social Sciences, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Sociology Compass and Verbum SVD.

 

Dr. Botshabelo Kealesitse
University of Botswana, Botswana

Team Member

Botshabelo Kealesitse, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Marketing at the University of Botswana. Dr Kealesitse’s main research interests are on Social Marketing, public sector service quality, funding for Non-Government Organisations, online media and its impact on consumer purchase decisions, as well as market orientation of small businesses. He supervised a study on citizens’ perceptions of church advertising in Botswana. This study focused on the use of advertising as a tool for attracting membership to churches and how the public responded to this advertising. He is currently the Principal Investigator in a team studying the donation behaviour of individuals and companies in Botswana with aims to identify potential local donors for Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) following the departure of international donors from Botswana. He has written extensively in the area of social marketing and published in both local and international journals such as International Journal of Public Sector Management, International Journal of Business Administration, International Journal of Economics, Commerce and Management, Journal of Global Business and Technology as well as Botswana Journal of Business.

 

Dr. William Lesitaokana
University of Botswana, Botswana

Team Member

William Ofentse Lesitaokana, PhD is a Senior Lecturer of Digital Media in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Botswana (UB). Dr. Lesitaokana’s main research interests include: audiences’ consumption of new media, digital media production, youth cultures and the anatomy of the media in Botswana. His research expertise is in qualitative research and ethnography. His current research project investigates how both the structure and operations of the media in Botswana impacts upon the form and quality of media products. Currently, he is also a research team member in the study on New Media Practices in a Changing Africa, funded by the Research Council of Norway (http://www.mediafrica.no/). Dr. Lesitaokana has written extensively in the area of media and communication discourses and has published numerous refereed research articles in local and international journals including: Lonaka Journal of Teaching and Learning, Journal of New Media and Society, Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Applied Journal of Journalism and Media Studies, and Journal of New Media and Culture. He also has edited chapters in books and refereed conference proceedings to his name.

 
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