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Professor Patel
Prof Leila Patel
Centre for Social Development in Africa
Director and South African Research Chair in Welfare and Social Development

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House 9, Research Village, Bunting Road
011 559 1999

Leila Patel is Professor of Social Development Studies at the Centre for Social Development in Africa, University of Johannesburg. She played a leading role in the development of welfare policy post-apartheid. Her research interests are in social welfare and social development with reference to social protection, gender and care, and children and youth. In 2014 she received the Distinguished Woman Scientist Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences and in 2015 she was awarded the South African Research Chair in Welfare and Development by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of the Western Cape in 2015. Her research and policy work has also been recognized locally and internationally and in 2015 she was awarded a B2 rating as a researcher of international standing in her field. The second edition of her book on Social Welfare and Social Development in South Africa was recently published by Oxford University Press.