Tanja Winkler

Associate Professor

BSc (TRP) (Wits); MUD (Wits); PhD (UBC, Vancouver, Canada)

Is currently deputy dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. Before joining the Planning Programme at UCT in January of 2011, I enjoyed a brief, sixteen month, lecturing stint at the University of Sheffield, England, and a much longer, ten-year, lectureship at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where I still hold an honorary post. I completed a PhD on resident involved and led urban regeneration in January of 2006 from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and I worked as an urban design consultant and a municipal official in South Africa and Britain, respectively.

My current research interests include two distinct, but related, projects:

  1. Critically assessing ‘the voice of the poor’ in urban policy and public decision making processes.
  2. Critically assessing the role and value of community-university engagements (or service-learning) for the enhancement of teaching, learning and knowledge production.

I am also an editorial board member of ‘Planning Theory’, ‘International Planning Studies’, and ‘Planning Theory and Practice’.

Recent Publications:

Winkler, T. (2018). Rethinking Scholarships on Planning Ethics.  In M. Gunder, A. Madanipour & V. Watson (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory.  Chapter 7.  81—92.  London, New York: Routledge.
Winkler, T. (2018). At the Coalface, take 3: Re-imagining Community-University Engagements from here.  In V. Watson, G. Bhan & S. Srinvas (Eds.), Companion to Planning in the Global South.  Chapter 4.  London, New York: Routledge.
Winkler, T. (2017). Black Texts on White Paper: Learning to see resistant texts as an approach towards decolonising planning. Planning Theory.  OnLineFirst DOI: 10.1177/1473095217739335 
Winkler, T. (2017). The 'radical' practice of teaching, learning, and doing in the informal settlement of Langrug, South Africa. In H. Rangan, M. Kam Ng, J. Chase & L. Porter (Eds.). Insurgencies and Revolutions: Reflections on John Friedmann's Contributions to Planning Theory and Practice. 219—228. New York: Routledge.
Winkler, T. & Duminy, J. (2016). Planning to change the world? Questioning the normative ethics of planning theories. Planning Theory.  15(2): 111—129.  (This article won the 2017 Association of European Schools of Planning, AESOP, “Best Published Paper Award”). 

Bassa, F. Petzer, B. & Winkler, T., (2015) At the coalface, Take 2: Lessons from students’ critical reflections. In L. Porter (Ed.) Interface: Planning Theory & Practice. 16(3): 409—434. (This article was written with students).

Winkler, T. (2013). At the Coalface: Community-University Engagements and Planning Education. Journal of Planning Education and Research. Online Version: DOI: 10.1177/0739456X12474312.

Winkler, T. (2012). Why won’t downtown Johannesburg regenerate? Revisiting Hillbrow as a Case Example. Urban Forum. 23(4). Online Version: DOI 10.1007/s12132-012-9178-5.

Winkler, T. (2012). Between Economic Efficacy and Social Justice: Exposing the Ethico-politics of Planning. Cities. 29: 166—173. Online Version: DOI:10.1016/j.cities.2011.11.014.

Winkler, T. (2011). Retracking Johannesburg: Spaces for Participation and Policymaking. Journal of Planning Education and Research. 31(3): 258—271.

Winkler, T. (2011). On the Liberal Moral Project of Planning in South Africa. Urban Forum. 22(2): 85—97.

Winkler, T. (2009). Believing in Market Forces in Johannesburg. In E. Porter and K. Shaw (Eds.), Whose Urban Renaissance? An International Comparison of Urban Regeneration Strategies. London, New York: Routledge.

Winkler, T. (2009). Prolonging the Global Age of Gentrification: Johannesburg’s Regeneration Policies. Planning Theory, 8(4): 362—381.

Winkler, T. (2009). A Donor Agency Scramble for South Africa. International Planning Studies. 14(1): 7—24.

Winkler, T. (2009). For the Equitable City yet to Come. Planning Theory & Practice. 10(1): 65—83.

Winkler, T. (2009) «Construire Des Passerelles Ou Ériger Des Barrières? Associations Cultuelles Et Développement Local À Hillbrow, Johannesburg» (“Bridging Barriers or Barricading Bridges?”) Revue Tiers Monde, Janvier-Mars, 197 : 147—163.

Winkler, T. (2008). When God and Poverty Collide: Exploring the Myths of Faith Sponsored Community Development. Urban Studies. 45(10): 2099—2116.

Winkler, T. (2008). Super-Sizing Community Development Initiatives”, International Journal of Public Theology. 2: 47—69.

Winkler, T. (2006). Reimagining Inner-City Regeneration in Hillbrow, Johannesburg: Identifying a Role for Faith-Based Community Development. Planning Theory & Practice. 7(1): 79 – 91.


Contact Details:

Email: Tanja.Winkler@uct.ac.za
Phone : +27 (0)21 650 2360
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 2383