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Visiting senior lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand

Tanya Zack is an urban planner and writer who holds a PhD from University of Witwatersrand for her work on Critical Pragmatism in Planning. She is the author of a series of photobooks entitled, ‘Wake Up, This Is Joburg’ (with photographer Mark Lewis). Her core skills and work experience include writing, policy development, research, and project management. Her clients have included the City of Johannesburg, the Department of Housing (now Human Settlements) and South African Cities Network. She has operated as an independent consultant since 1991 and straddles academic research and practice. Tanya's recent consulting work, research, publication and creative writing centres on the inner city of Johannesburg. This includes work on migrant spaces and in particular on the spatial and economic shifts in an Ethiopian entrepreneurial location in the inner city. In 2014 she was awarded a writing residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center to work on a book she is writing about the Ethiopian quarter.


  • –present
    Visiting senior lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2007 
    University of Witwatersrand, PhD Urban and Regional Planning