Madalitso ZililoPhiri is a Doctoral Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Applied Social Policy. His doctoral thesis compares South Africa and Brazil's social policies, with a focus on poverty and inequality. Phiri's publications include book chapters and refereed journal articles in the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS), Africa Insight, African Journal of Conflict Resolution (AJCR), Innovation and Development, and the South African Journal of International Affairs (SAJIA). Phiri's research interests are in three clusters, comparative social policy in South Africa and Brazil, the political economy of development in Africa and the sociology of knowledge.
He holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Development Studies degree, a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree in International Relations and a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Politics and Sociology, all from the University of Cape Town (UCT), Cape Town, South Africa. He is also a Fellow (2016-17,2015-16, 2014-15) through Next Generation of Social Science in Africa, funded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), New York, United States of America (USA).