Thea de Gruchy

Thea de Gruchy is a doctoral researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand, where she has been since starting her MA in 2014.

Her PhD and current research, which is supervised by Jo Vearey (ACMS) and Anuj Kapilashrami (Edinburgh), funded by the Wellcome Trust, and part of the Migration and Health Project (maHp) at ACMS, centres on questions of policy process and asks how policy is made and influenced in South Africa. In 2015 and the beginning of 2016, Thea worked with Ingrid Palmary to explore some of these questions in relation to the Trafficking in Persons Act of 2013. Her doctoral work will use the development and implementation of policy and programmatic interventions, by both state and non-state actors, in the agricultural sector in Limpopo, South Africa to further explore questions of policy process, decision making, and the relationship between various spheres of governance around issues of migration and health.

Thea’s MA, which was funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), focused on the immigration industry and the relationship between the state, immigration intermediaries, and migrants. She has continuted to explore this relationship through a Faculty of Humanities Ad Hoc Grant from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Thea is also part of the Security at the Margins (SeaM) project – a collaborative project between ACMS and the Centre for African Studies at the University of Edinburgh – and currently coordinates the Work in Progress seminars that are held at ACMS. She tweets @Theathinks and blogs about her research at

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