Writer, Researcher, Planner, Policy Developer

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.


Research Reports

Policy and Strategy Development

Monitoring and evaluation

Communication, Seminars, Conferences





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WAKE UP, THIS IS JOBURG, is a series of ten photobooks by Tanya Zack and Mark Lewis about the city we hate to love but do anyway. Wake up, this is Joburg tells the stories of ten ordinary, interesting, odd or outrageous denizens of the city of Johannesburg. Wake up, this is Joburg is about that thing you can’t quite put a finger on when you tell people why you live here. The series is published by Fourthwall Books .


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