Tania Katzschner

Senior Lecturer

Description and Research Interests:
Born in Germany, Tania Katzschner has lived and worked in South Africa since 1991. Prior to joining academia she was based at the City of Cape Town working as a senior manager and project co-ordinator in the Environmental Resource Management Department. 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, governance, democracy, people, and futures. She is currently registerd as a PhD student in the new Environmental Humanities programme at UCT, an interdisciplinary space exploring how we understand the relations between humans and the environment. 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 and obligation.

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.

Professional Office/Affiliations
Academic Board: Proteus Initiative:
Academic Board: Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Southern Africa:
Steering Committee: Environmental Humanities South UCT:
IUCN World Commission of Protected Areas Urban Specialist group member
Certified Member Environmental Assessment Practitioner SA (EAPSA)

Contact Details:

Phone: +27 (0)21 650 2381
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 2383