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Dr Ayalkibet Tesfaye

Name: Ayalkibet Tesfaye
Location: C-RING 626A Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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About Dr Ayalkibet Tesfaye


Ayalkibet B. Tesfaye obtained his PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His doctorate focused on: “Migration: Challenges and Experiences of the Ethiopian Diaspora in the city of Johannesburg (2000-2015) and the role of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church’s Ministry”. Ayalkibet’s work experience highlights matters related to social, pastoral, community development activities including HIV and AIDS prevention and counselling, and women empowerment. He was awarded the World Council of Churches doctoral scholarship for his research towards a PhD studies in Sociology. Currently, he is a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. His current research interest includes Ethiopian migration to South Africa, their cultural trait, and social integration.
Ph.D. degree in Sociology, University of KwaZulu-Natal 2018
MTh degree in Gender and Religion, University of KwaZulu-Natal 2012
BTh Honours degree in Gender and Religion, University of KwaZulu-Natal 2011
Research Interest
  • Ethiopian Migrants to South Africa and their culture
  • Gender and Religion
  • Migration, Social integration, and social cohesion
  • Tesfaye, A. B. (2019). “Migration Dynamics in Africa and Implications for Development.” In Africa Parading Through Development, edited by Maurice N. Amutabi, Nairobi, Kenya: The Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), PP. 263-276.
  • Oriental Orthodox Christianity in Africa. In Anthology of African Christianity, edited by Isabel Apawo Phiri, et al. Oxford, U.K: Regnum Books International, (2016), PP. 265-274.
  • Ecumenical Dialogue in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.”In Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism, edited by Pantelis Kalaitzidis, et al. Oxford, U.K.: Regnum Books International. (2013), PP. 534-545.
  • Traditional Theological Education System in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.” In Handbook of Theological Education in Africa, edited by Isabel Apawo Phiri, et al. Oxford, U.K.: Regnum Books International and Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications. (2013), PP. 281-291.