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PhD fellows

The Southern Centre for Inequality Studies hosts an interdisciplinary PhD fellowship. The fellowship supports Wits PhD students who are undertaking interdisciplinary research on inequality in the global South. The Centre currently hosts three PhD fellows: Erin Hazan, Kabir Arora and Kudakwashe Manjonjo. 

Erin Hazan

Erin Hazan is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently conducting research into expressions of gender for women prisoners, imprisoned in the Transvaal during the twentieth century. Her previous research on the gendered nature of the 1927 Immorality Act was the focus of an MSc in African Studies at Oxford University. Erin is also a research assistant on the South Africa’s Hidden War: Histories of Sexual Violence from Apartheid to the Present project, based at the University of Exeter. She has a keen focus on gender and feminist history.

Kabir Arora (Qabeer Jalandhari) 

Kabir attained his Bachelors of Arts (Hons.) Geography from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and his Masters in Public Policy from National Law School of University, Bengaluru. Currently, he is doing a Ph.D. from the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environment Studies, Faculty of Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand. Kabir's Ph.D. is focused on the home as a place of work in the lives of waste-pickers in Bangalore. Since, 2014, he has coordinated the Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers, a national network of waste-pickers organizations in India. He has been a part of the support team coordinating the Global Alliance of Waste-pickers.

Kudakwashe Manjonjo

Kuda Manjonjo is a democratic activist based in Zimbabwe. His main interests are community-led socio-economic political activism and the growth of the global solidarity economy. He has held professional roles in both academia and civil society. This has been in the education, agriculture, and renewable energy industries. Kuda's academic interests are in labor financialization, labor, and the political economy. He is also the author of the fiction book, ‘Aluta Continua-The Struggle Continues,’ and holds an MA in Labour and Globalization from the University of Witwatersrand. He is currently undertaking his Ph.D. studies at the University of Witwatersrand.