Fana is an associate professor and convenor of Undergraduate Studies in the Planning Programme, School of Architecture & Planning and a Hall Coordinator at Earnest Oppenheimer Hall, Parktown. His research interests spread over a wide range of theoretical, applied and policy arenas in the global as well as African realms of development. The research encompasses principally the interface between development and urban studies largely within the context of the poignant dynamics of the political economy in Africa.
Over the years, he has worked and published in areas of land reform, planning, gender, spatial development, urban politics, local economic development, community development, and African city. The analysis of these topics is drawn from a wide range of disciplines which include: economics, history, sociology, anthropology, political and geography. More so, his insights in the exploration of these areas are draw from his experience as an African.