Tracy Jooste is a public policy practitioner working in the field of human settlements in South Africa. She has a special interest in urban development, socioeconomic rights and housing finance. She is currently Director for Policy and Research at the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements. Current research projects focus on expanding support to informal settlements, addressing the affordability of housing and understanding the link between health and human settlements. She also serves on national policy, research and legal forums in human settlements.
Prior to joining the public sector in 2012, Jooste worked in consulting for several years, advising government across a range of areas including urban systems, municipal finance and local governance as well as institutional development and benchmarking.
Jooste holds a master’s degree in public policy and a bachelor’s degree in economics and politics from UCT. In 2011 she obtained a post-graduate diploma specialising in housing and urban finance from the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.