Description and Research Interests:
Born in Germany, Tania Katzschner has lived and worked in South Africa since 1991. She is trained as a City and Regional Planner, and has professional experience as a social and environmental development practitioner working towards social-ecological change and transformation. She has worked with local government, parastatals, the private sector, NGOs, and conservation agencies. Her research interests are around human nature relationships, urban nature, and around reconnecting ecological questions to an expanded sense of care responsibility and obligation. In her work, she strives to bring together a sensibility for, understanding of, and practice towards the relationship between ecological wholeness and social coherence and healing. She is passionate about social and environmental justice and about supporting passion for the new changing thinking. She is currently registerd as a PhD student in the Environmental Humanities South interdisciplinary research cluster and postgraduate programme in the Faculty of Humanities at UCT. Working in different sectors has nurtured her fascination with in-between spaces and bridging different disciplines, knowledges, perspectives and ways of being in the world. She loves socially transformative practices that bring more life, more warmth, and more charge. She is preoccupied with reconnecting ecological questions to an expanded sense of care, responsibility, response-ability and obligation.
Katzschner, T (2017) ‘Design, Responsibility and ‘Staying with the Trouble’: Rethinking Urban Conservation in Cape Town’, in Resilience, International Policies, Practices and Discourses /Forum: Resilience and Design, July 2017 pp 26 – 33.
Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/aIX3rSjGWTeEdr3gjG29/full
Katzschner, T (2016) ‘Planning Perspectives: Values, Ethics & Responsibilities,’ Chapter 18 in Glazewski, J and S Esterhuyse (eds) Hydraulic Fracturing in the Karoo: Critical Legal and Environmental Perspectives, Cape Town: Juta.
Cameron, R and T Katzschner (2016) ‘Every last drop: the role of spatial planning in enhancing integrated urban water management in the City of Cape Town’, in South African Geographical Journal September 2016, pp 2151-2418.online available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03736245.2016.1231622
Lidström, S, West, S. Katzschner, T, Pérez-Ramos, MI, and H Twidle (2015) ‘Invasive Narratives and the Inverse of Slow Violence: Alien Species in Science and Society’, in Environmental Humanities, vol 7, pp 1 – 40.
Katzschner, T. (2014) Natures of Borders: From Historical to Prospective Epistemologies. In Ramutsindela, M. (ed) Cartographies of Nature: How Nature Conservation Animates Borders, pp. 141-167. New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN (10): 1-4438-6014X; ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-6014-7.
Katzschner. T. (2013) ‘Cape Flats Nature: Rethinking Urban Ecologies’ in L. Green (ed) Contested Ecologies : dialogues in the south on nature and knowledge, Cape Town: HSRC Press.
Katzschner, T. (2011) ‘Education for Sustainable Development to Education for a Sustainable Future - towards a shared response-ability’ in SAGE Green Series Volume 7 – Green Education.
Katzschner, T. (2010) ‘The Discomfort of Interdisciplinarity – New ways of looking at familiar things’, in SA Journal of Environmental Education – ethics, action, education, Volume 27, pp. 136 – 143.
Katzschner, T. and G. Oelofse (2009) ‘Climate Change: A tipping point for a move towards Sustainable Development?’ in K. Tang (ed.) Green CITYnomics: The Urban War against Climate Change Greenleaf Publishing.
Katzschner, T. (2008) ‘Homesickness – in Search of a Home’ published in special edition of Architecture SA November /December 2008.