Robin A. 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, adaptive/temporary land use and 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

PhD Researcher & Lecturer 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

Holden, Meg; Chang, Robin; and Gunderson, Rebecca (2019): Resilience and Pedagogy. Learning From International Field Studies in Urban Resilience in Canada and Germany. In Cities and the Environment (CATE) 12 (1). Available online at

Chang, Robin A. (2018): Temporary Use & Collective Action: How Urban Planning Practices Contribute to Adaptive Capacity Building for Economic Resilience. In plaNext 7, pp. 82–99. Available online at

Zimmermann, Karsten; Chang, Robin; Putlitz, Andreas (2018): Planning Culture. Research Heuristics and Explanatory Value.
In Thomas W. Sanchez (Ed.): Planning Knowledge and Research. New York, NY: Routledge.

Chang, Robin (2017): How ‘temporary urbanism’ can transform struggling industrial towns. Edited by Catesby Holmes. The Conversation. New York (Politics + Society). Available online at

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? Available online at

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

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. & Leyva, F. (2013). Knowledge Management and Transfer for Microenergy Systems: Crossing Borders Worldwide. Available online at

Chang, R. & Leyva, F. (2013). Users Perspectives. Available online at

Chang, R. (2011). A Dilemma to Contain: Shipping Containers in Kitimat. Kitimat, BC. Available online at

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

Robin Chang, Meg Holden, Lena Aumueller, Florian Eckervogt, Rebecca Gunderson (2018, February ). Researching Urban Resilience. German and Canadian Experiential Insights. 2018 Dortmund Conference: The Great Transformation – Challenge and Opportunity for Spatial Planning. Dortmund, NRW.

Chang, Robin (2017, September). bestendiging van slow urbanism; enkele internationale voorbeelden. (Inter)National Insights. ZOHOCitizens. ZOHOCitizens. Rotterdam, NL.

Chang, Robin (2017, June). Temporary Use. Making sense of Dichotomies between ephemeral tactics and strategic institutions. 2017 EURA Conference: Cities Locked in Networks. European Urban Research Association (EURA). Warsaw, Poland.

Chang, Robin (2017, April). Investigating the Temporary. Means to Institutionalization & Acculturation. 11th AESOP Young Academ-ics Conference: Planning & Entrepreneurship. Association of European Schools of Planning Young Academics (AESOP YA). Munich, Germany.

Chang, Robin; Maegdefrau, Nadine (2017, March). Resiliency and You. Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change. Can cities have the wisdom to adopt preventive measures before disaster. Resiliency and YOU 2017 Series. Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions; Pacific Water Research Centre; Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University. SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC.

Babicki, Dominica; Carr, Constance; Chang, Robin; Holden, Meg (2016, July). Toward Better Case Studies. :Understanding what ecourbanism means for urban governance. Track 7a: Local and regional governance. 22nd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference (ISDRS 2016). International Sustainable Development Research Society. Lisbon, Portugal.

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, July): ZwischenInnovation: Illustrating Actor-Network Theory through Temporary Use. 29th Annual AESOP 2015 Congress. Prague, Czech Republic, July 13–16.

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

2019-2020 Fortgeschrittenenprojekt (‘F-Projekt’ or Advanced Bachelor Project):
F 02 – Focus on the False Creek Flats:
Transformative Processes for Industrial Innovation and Adaptivity in Vancouver,

2019 Summer Semester:
Temporary Urbanism: Experimenting to plan? Or planning for experimentation?
Energizing Participation: What happens when social processes meet natural and complex adaptive systems?

2018-2019 Winter Semester:
Temporary Land Use: Evolving Practices & Processes
Complexity Continued: Concepts for Adaptive Planning

2018 Summer Semester:
Planning Alternatives: Complex Perspectives and Processes

2017-2018 Winter Semester:
Temporary Land Use: Evolving Practices & Processes
Urban Resilience: A Conceptual Breakdown

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



Master Thesis
Eyinck, Daniel. Potenziale von Zwischennutzungen bei der Quartiersentwicklung am Beispiel “Barker Barracks” in Paderborn

Bachelor Thesis


Master Thesis

Pieper, Marvin. The Role of Metaphors and Analogies in Spatial Planning

Hellwig, Vanessa. Innovative Städte in Deutschland. Eine empirische Analyse der Innovationskraft und Erfolgsfaktoren

Mienhardt, Madeleine. Exploring the Contribution of Temporary Urbanism to ustice in Participatory Planning – A Discourse Analysis

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

Bachelor Thesis

Bergmann, Marinus. Jugendkultur und Graffiti in Dortmund – eine ethnographische Untersuchung

Jorg, Lena Kristen. A Disaster Resilient City? Bristol’s Flood Risk Management Approaches and Adaptive Capacity

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

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

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

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


Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS)
Die Urbanisten e.V.