Israel R. Blackie

Israel R. Blackie

Associate Researcher

Name:  Israel R. Blackie

Telephone: (+267) 3617759/ 71363023



Personal Profile

Mr. Israel Rocky Blackie joined the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) in 2019 as an Associate Researcher (Sociologist). Holds the following qualifications: BA (Sociology), MA (Population Studies), Mphil (Sociology) from the University of Botswana where he is currently pursueing a PhD in Sociology. Mr. Blackie was charged with Corporate Strategy Development, Cascading and Management, as an Assistant Director (Government Reforms Coordinator) in the Department of Wildlife and National Parks for 10 years cummulative before joining BIDPA.  He previously worked for two years as a Research Officer at the Office of the Ombudsman where he founded the Applied Research Unit before joining Centre for Research Enterprise and Project Management (CREPM) as a Research and Training Officer in 2009. Whilst at CREPM, he was also engaged as a Training Expert under the European Union (Non State Actors) to train Non-Governmental Organisations, Community Based Organisations including Faith Based. Mr. Blackie has interest in rural livelihoods (poverty), natural resource commons (CBNRM), intersection of state and local people and their institutions on resource conservation and management as well as other social problems including HIV and AIDS. Mr Blackie has participated in the Tourism Rapid Evaluation: Botswana Tourism Policy & Strategy Review – 2018/19 leading to the development of the revised Botswana Tourism Policy (2019).


Research Publications (Peer Reviewed Journal Articles)

  • Blackie, I.R, (2019). Impact of the Wildlife Hunting Ban/Prohibition on Rural Livelihoods in Botswana. Taylor and Francis: Cogent Social Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2018.1558716.


  • Blackie, I. R & Sowa, J. (2019). Dynamics of Social Ecology of Elephant Conservation in Botswana and Implications on Environmental Development. Journal of African Interdisciplinary Studies, 3(2):4–25.


  • Blackie, I.R., & Balekang, G.B. (2016). Desires, Intentions and Decisions of HIV Positive Women in Attaining Motherhood in Botswana. American Journal of Social Sciences, 1, A1-A17.


Conference Paper

  • Blackie, I.R. (2017). Impact of the Wildlife Hunting Prohibition on Rural Livelihoods in Botswana, Annual International Sociological Association Conference, Poznan, Poland.