Thea de Gruchy is a PhD fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society, where she has been since starting her MA in 2013.
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. Part of this research explored the increasing precarity experienced by immigrants in South Africa as a result of changing and increasingly stringent immigration policy and regulations.
Her PhD and current research, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust, continues to try and make sense of the relationship between policy, specifically policy framed around security issues, and the precarity of marginalised and vulnerable groups. Building on work done in 2015 on human trafficking policy in South Africa, her PhD tests the conclusions drawn about the relationship between policy and precarity through research on communicable and non-communicable disease policy in the mining sector in the sub-Saharan region.
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