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Doctoral Researcher at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand

I am final-year doctoral fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand. My research investigates the everyday lived experiences of LGBTQI+ refugees, asylum seekers and forced migrants in Kenya and South Africa. I have a particular interest in the ethics and practices of knowledge production and often incorporate participatory arts-based methodologies into my research work. I am a co-founder and co-coordinator of the African LGBTQI+ Migration Research Network (


  • 2020–present
    PhD fellow, African Centre for Migration and Society
  • 2018–2019
    Assistant researcher, African Centre for Migration and Society
  • 2017–2018
    LGBTI and faith specialist, Sonke Gender Justice
  • 2012–2017
    Research and outreach coordinator, The GALA Queer Archive


  • 2008 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Arts
  • 2004 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Hons)


  • 2022
    Radical Imaginings: Queering the Politics and Praxis of Participatory Arts-Based Research, Peer-reviewed edited collection (Palgrave): Critically Engaging Participatory Action Research: Praxis, Paradox, Potential
  • 2022
    Queer and Trans African Mobilities: Migration, Asylum and Diaspora, ZED Books
  • 2021
    Seeking Sanctuary: Stories of Sexuality, Faith and Migration, Wits University Press
  • 2021
    LGBTI+ Asylum
Seekers in South Africa: A Review of Refugee Status Denials Involving Sexual Orientation
& Gender Identity, ACMS research report
  • 2021
    Imagining Otherwise: Using Art-Based Methods to Address Sexual, Gender And Health Inequalities, Global Public Health
  • 2020
    ‘It’s about being safe and free to be who you are’: Exploring the lived experiences of queer migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, Sexualities
  • 2017
    Creative Resistance: Participatory Methods For Engaging Queer Youth, MaThoko's Books
  • 2015
    Radical Objects: MaThoko’s Post Box & the Birth of the Black LGBT Movement in South Africa, History Workshop Journal
  • 2014
    Imagined worlds: On Writing African Sexualities , Overland Literary Journal