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Tanya Zack

Visiting senior lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr. Tanya Zack is a South African planner specializing in urban policy, regeneration, informality and sustainable development. She has been an advisor and consultant in the development arena for over 25 years and has worked locally and internationally with senior level clients in government, academic institutions, the private sector, and directly with the communities. She has wide experience in establishing and managing teams on complex programmes integrating fields such as housing, informal economies, city governance and sustainable development with policy development, capacity building and meaningful monitoring and evaluation. Her projects in the inner city including taking a lead in the development of an inner-city transformation policy, and on cross border shopping, have influenced City strategy and are recognised as ground-breaking interventions. She is the author of an acclaimed series of photo books entitled Wake Up This Is Joburg. She has deep knowledge, experience, a proven track record and a passion for working with likeminded organisations and individuals on complex programmes that aim to tackle long-term sustainability challenges in contemporary urban sites.


  • –present
    Visiting senior lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2007 
    University of Witwatersrand, PhD Urban and Regional Planning