Wanki, Presca

PhD Fellow

  • Presca Wanki
    Potterierei 72, 8000 Bruges, Belgium

    Research Interests

    • Migrant Reintegration
    • Migrant Return


    • MAS, Cultures and Development Studies, KU Leuven
    • MA, Social and Cultural Anthropology, KU Leuven

    Biographical Statement

    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 and the study was published in the journal ‘Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power’.

    Presca is currently a PhD researcher at Ghent University where she researches on the post-return experiences of returned migrants in Cameroon. In this research, she lays emphasis on how the perspectives of community members and the existing support structures impact the reintegration of returned migrants.

    Presca Wanki is working closely together with Assistant Professor Ine Lietaert.