Professor

School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) and
Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (IRES)
University of British Columbia

Biographical sketch


Stephanie Chang is a professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, with a joint appointment in the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) and the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (IRES). She held a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Disaster Management and Urban Sustainability from 2004 to 2013.  Her specialty is in the socio-economic impact of natural disasters, particularly earthquakes. She has co-edited a book on Modeling Spatial and Economic Impacts of Disasters (2004) and published extensively on loss estimation models for critical infrastructure systems, infrastructure interdependencies, economic evaluation of disaster mitigations, and urban disaster recovery. Dr. Chang has recently served on the editorial boards of the journals Earthquake Spectra and Papers in Regional Science, and on the U.S. National Research Council's Committee on Disaster Research in the Social Sciences. Prior to joining UBC, she worked as a research faculty member at the University of Washington and consultant at EQE International. She received her B.S.E. in Civil Engineering (1989) from Princeton University and Ph.D. in Regional Science (1994) from Cornell University.