Virginie Tallio defended her Ph.D in Ethnology and Social Anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France) in 2007. She worked as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Germany) from August 2006 to February 2009 and as a researcher at the Centro de Estudos Internacionais (ex-Africanos) do ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Portugal) from May 2009 to May 2014.
Her research interests revolve around the use of public health policies as biopolitics, refugee camps as a social space, the corporate social responsibility policies and their influence on the development arena, especially in the context of an oil economy and methods in anthropology, especially in sensitive contexts. She pursues research in Africa, especially in Angola. She holds as well a D.E.A. in Economic Demography of Developing Countries from the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (France) and is an associate researcher with the LAM - Les Afriques dans le Monde (France).