Dr. Stephanie Chang

Dr. Stephanie Chang
University of British Columbia, Canada


Dr. Chang is a professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada, with the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) and the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (IRES). She held a Canada Research Chair in Disaster Management and Urban Sustainability (Tier 2) from 2004 to 2013. Dr. Chang has published extensively on the socio-economic impact of natural disasters, modeling disaster losses, urban risk dynamics, critical infrastructure systems and interdependencies, economic evaluation of disaster mitigations, and disaster recovery. Much of her research involves interdisciplinary collaboration. Dr. Chang’s current research focuses on planning for multi-hazard risks faced by coastal communities, with projects variously addressing marine oil spills, maritime transportation disruption, earthquakes, coastal flooding, and climate adaptation.

Dr. Chang is currently co-director of UBC’s Master in Engineering Leadership (MEL) program in Urban Systems. She received the 2001 Shah Family Innovation Prize from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), was EERI’s 2011 Distinguished Lecturer, and was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Research Award by the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM). She has served on the U.S. National Research Council’s Committee on Disaster Research in the Social Sciences and its Committee on Earthquake Resilience – Research, Implementation, and Outreach. Dr. Chang received her B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University (1989) and M.S. and Ph.D. in Regional Science from Cornell University (1994).