Phillan Zamchiya

Senior Researcher


Dr Phillan Zamchiya has been associated with PLAAS – first as a student and an intern, then as a researcher, since 2006. Before returning to work at PLAAS as  Senior Researcher he  was a Junior Research Fellow (lecturer and examiner) in International Development, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.  He has also worked as a consultant on land reform, development, civil society programming, democratisation and national elections in  Southern Africa and worked as a pro-democracy activist as projects coordinator, Students Solidarity Trust (an organisation that assisted victims of political violence) in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Research Focus

Land redistribution projects and wider impacts on poverty and inequality in South Africa


  • DPhil in Development Studies, University of Oxford
  • MPhil in Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape
  • BSc Hons in Politics and Administration, University of Zimbabwe

Selected Publications