Tanja Winkler

Associate Professor

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

I am the convenor of the City and Regional Planning Programme at UCT; and between 2016—2018 I served as a deputy dean for the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. Before joining 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 continue to hold an honorary post. I completed a PhD on resident-led urban regeneration in January of 2006 from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (supervised by Leonie Sandercock and John Freidmann), and I worked as an urban design consultant and a municipal planning official in South Africa and Britain, respectively. James Duminy and I are the recipients of the Association of European Planning of Schools (AESOP) “Best Published Paper Award” for 2017, which is published in Planning Theory and titled: Planning to change the world? Questioning the normative ethics of planning theories

An unwavering commitment to planning theory and planning education—along with longstanding concerns for socio-spatial justice—underpin my current research and teaching endeavours. My pedagogical approach is thus geared towards engaged scholarship and an ethics of care, while my research interests include spatial justice, Southern planning theory, planning ethics, and decoloniality.

I am also an editorial board member of ‘Planning Theory’, ‘International Planning Studies’, and ‘Planning Theory and Practice’; and I served as an academic advisor for a joint MSc degree in Integrated Urbanism & Sustainable Design (IUSD) at the Universities of Stuttgart (Germany) & Ain Shams (Egypt) between 2015—2018.

Selected Publications:

Gunder, M. (posthumously) & Winkler, T. (2021). Onto-cartography as a flat ontological method for meta-ethical evaluation of situated spatial planning values. Special Issue: Flat ontology in spatial planning. The Planning Review disP 225, 57(2): 80—91.

Winkler, T. (2021). Decolonizing planning theory and practice in an era of ‘post-truth’ politics. Planning Theory & Practice. 111—138. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2021.1872952 

Winkler, T. (2021). What to do with the chiefs? Revisiting the historical shifts and continuities of rural land administration and tenure systems in the former Transkei. International Planning Studies. 1—14.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13563475.2021.1883420 

Winkler, T. (2021). Vienna’s Ringstrasse: A spatial manifestation of socio-political values. Journal of Planning History. 20(3): 269—286. DOI: 10.1177/1538513220943146

Winkler, T. (2019). Exploring some of the complexities of planning on ‘communal land’ in the former Transkei. Town and Regional Planning. 75: 6—16.

Winkler, T. (2018). Black Texts on White Paper: Learning to see resistant texts as an approach towards decolonising planning. Planning Theory. 17(4): 588—604. DOI: 10.1177/1473095217739335

Winkler, T. (2018). Colonial city design lives here: Questioning planning education’s dominant imaginaries.  Planning Theory & Practice. 19(2): 266—269. 

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). 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