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 2013.

Her PhD and current research, which is supervised by Jo Vearey (Wits) 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 answer some of these questions and inform a conceptual framework on how policy is made in South Africa using the Trafficking in Persons Act of 2013 as a case study. Her doctoral work will be 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 elaborate on and develop this framework.

Thea currently co-ordinates the PhD Work in Progress seminars that are held on a monthly basis at ACMS. She tweets @Theathinks and blogs about her research at