Position 
PhD Fellow
Nationality 
Cameroon
At UNU-CRIS 
03/06/2019
Research Interests 

Migration governance
Reintegration
Migration and development
International student mobility

Education 

PhD in social work and social welfare studies, specialization in return migration( UGent, Belgium)
Msc. Cultures and Development studies- KU Leuven ( Belgium)
Msc. Social and Cultural Anthropology-  KU Leuven  ( Belgium)
Bsc. Gender studies with Sociology    -  Buea ( Cameroon)

Biographical Statement 

Presca Wanki is a PhD fellow at Ghent University. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr Ine Lietaert ( Ghent University and UNU-CRIS), her doctoral research focuses on the post-return experiences of migrants in Cameroon. In investigating this, she focused on people returning from different Western countries and under different circumstances by critically examining how community expectations and [in]formal support structures determine their reintegration processes. Apart from focusing on her research, she also assists in supervising a master student for her dissertation.

Presca holds a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and an Advanced Master’s degree in Cultures and Development Studies from KU Leuven. She wrote her master’s thesis on “The Education-Migration Nexus: An Anthropological Study of Everyday Lives of Cameroonian Students in Leuven”. In this thesis, she seeks to answer a plethora of questions concerning the everyday lives of self-sponsored Cameroonian students in Leuven who live a double life by juggling work and studies. The main questions which arise are; How do they identify with their student, worker or transnational caregiver identity? Can these identities go together?

Moreover, these issues unveil their next step in their migration trajectory. For this master’s thesis, Presca was awarded the Gülen Chair Award for the Best Intercultural Master Thesis. The study was published in the journal ‘Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power’.