Robin Chang

(+49)231 755-6057

(+49)231 755-4787

Open Office Hours
Wednesdays 13:30-15:00


Campus Address
Campus Süd
Geschossbau I
Room 421


Research Interests

  • Planning Cultures: comparative planning, organizational and knowledge management, innovation processes
  • Environmental Planning: resource management, climate change adaptation, (temporary/interim/tactical) land use, green governance
  • Complexity Sciences: (Actor) Network Theory, Resilience Theory


Master Thesis

The Actor-Network Approach: Temporary Use in Planning Practice

Abstract available here.


Academic & Professional Experience

Since 07/2015

Research Associate at the Department of European Planning Cultures, Faculty of Spatial Planning of the Technical University of Dortmund

Since 01/2014

Administrative Support for the European Urban Research Association (EURA) Secretariat in Dortmund


Student Research Assistant with Professor Ulrike Weiland at the Institute for Geography at University Leipzig


Community and Land Use Planner at the District of Kitimat in British Columbia, Canada

04/2011 – 01/2012

Planning Assistant at the District of Kitimat in British Columbia, Canada




Technical University of Dortmund (GE), Masters in Science of Spatial Planning


Academic exchange with the Town & Regional Planning Program at the University of Dundee (UK)


University of Northern British Columbia (CA), Bachelor of Environmental Planning


Scholarly & Community Publications

Chang, R. (2016). CultNature. The Fate of Innovative Renewable Energy Concepts without Community Ownership in Central Germany. In M. Andouin, M. Razaghi, & R. Himsl (Eds.), Governance, Innovation and Performance in Cities Quarterly: Vol. 2. Multi-level Governance in the Urban Context (1st ed., Vol. 2, pp. 8–12). Lausanne, Switzerland: Chair MIR, École Polytechnic Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Chang, R. (2016). Renewably Energized ‘Urban’scapes:: What Now After the Innovations? Retrieved from

Zimmermann, K., Chang, R., & Putlitz, A. (2016). Gleanings from Governance and Green Infrastructures: A 2015 IGLUS Snapshot in Dortmund. Retrieved from

Chang, R. (2015). ZwischenInnovation: Actor-Network Theory through Temporary Use in Bremen. In M. Macoun & K. Maier (Eds.), Book of Proceedings. Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility (pp. 3095–3109). Fakulta architektury.

Chang, R. (2011). A Dilemma to Contain: Shipping Containers in Kitimat. Kitimat, BC. Retrieved from District of Kitimat website:

Chang, R. & Leyva, F. (2013). Knowledge Management and Transfer for Microenergy Systems: Crossing Borders Worldwide. Retrieved from

Chang, R. & Leyva, F. (2013). Users Perspectives. Retrieved from

Chang, R., Negrin, C., & Connell, D. J. (2010). Profile of Economic Development Agencies in Prince George. Prepared for H.B. Lanark and the City of Prince George. Prince George, BC.

Picketts, I., & Chang, R. (2009). Adapting to Climate Change in Prince George (Foundation Research Bulletin No. 1). Victoria, BC.

Conferences & Presentations

Chang, R. (2016, March). Tracing the Temporary: Actor-Network Theory (ANT) Case Studies in Vancouver (CA) & Seattle (US). 46th Annual Urban Affairs Association Conference, San Diego, California.

Chang, R. (2016, February). ’ANT’icipating Complexity in Temporary Use: Two Comparative Case Studies in Bremen & Seattle. 14th Meeting of the AESOP Thematic Group on Planning and Complexity, Bamberg, Bayern, Germany.

Chang, R. (2016, February). Narrating through Actor-Network Theory: Sharing Stories behind Temporary Use. Colloquium for Doctoral Students of the School of Spatial Planning: Winter Semester 2015/2016, Dortmund, NRW.

Chang, R. (2015, September). CultNature: Biomass Landscape Parks. Dortmund Module, Dortmund, NRW.

Chang, R. (2015, April). Urban: Interrupted. Temporary Use through Actor-Network Theory. Prof. Dr. Anne Taufen Wessells. 4th Year Urban Ecology, Sustainable Urban Development Program, Tacoma, Washington.

Chang, R. (2014). Community ownership potential for micro-energy networks through CultNature in the Ruhr region of Central Germany. Symposium “Innovating Energy Access for Remote Areas: Discovering untapped resources”, Berkeley, California.

Chang, R. (2010, March). Professional Development for Students. PlanTalk Series, Prince George, BC.

Chang, R. (2010, February). Sustainability through Agriculture in Southwest British Columbia: Perceptions from Diverse Practitioners. Annual Conference, Guelph, Ontario.

Chang, R. (2009, September). Meaningfully Engaged: A Proposal for Enhancing Youth Capacity to Collaborate on Youth Sexual Health Research. Youth Sexual Health Team Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Chang, R., & Kosek, L.-A. (2008, October). Local Urban green space: Planned and Unplanned. PlanTalk Series, Prince George, BC.

Chang, R., Carmichael, E., & Dudzik, D. (2008, June). Urban Beautification: From Guerilla Gardening to sustainable Landscaping for Climate Change. Annual Conference, Prince George, BC.

Chang, R. (2008, May). Meaningfully Engaged: An Introduction. Youth Sexual Health Team Meeting, Fort St. James, British Columbia.

Teaching Responsibilities

Seminars & Projects

2016-2017 Fortgeschrittenenprojekt (‘F-Projekt’ or Advanced Bachelor Project)
Resilient City: Risks, Repercussions and Realities for Resilience Planning in Vancouver

2016 Summer Semester:
Canuck Zone Seminar: More than forest, igloos, and hockey

2015-2016 Winter Semester:
Tempoaray Land Use



2018 Bachelor Thesis
Schnittfinke, Tanja. Please mind the gap: Discrepancies in the preception of empowerment through Glasgow’s Resilience Strategy 


2017 Bachelor Thesis
Stell, Marvin. The Influence of Previous Shocks and Stresses on the Strategy of Urban Resilience.

2017 Bachelor Thesis
Tiessen, Jan-Simon. Potential of Industrial Brownfields for Urban Development and Environment in the Ruhr Region – Redevelopment of Zeche Waltrop. In Progress

2016-2017 Fortgeschrittenenprojekt (‘F-Projekt’ or Advanced Bachelor Project)
Resilienz: Modebegriff oder echte Chance für eine andere Raumplanung?
Project Coordinator: Dipl.-Ing. Nadine Mägdefrau

2016 Master Thesis
Koelbel, Julia. Social Innovation in Urban Planning: Comparative Temporary Use Case Studies in the Netherlands and Germany.


Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS)
International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS)