Stephanie Chang


B.S.E. (Princeton), M.S. (Cornell), Ph.D. (Cornell)

Professor, Joint appointment with IRES

Professor Stephanie E. Chang joined UBC in January 2004 and has 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. Much of Dr. Chang’s work aims to bridge the gap between engineering, natural sciences, and social sciences in addressing the complex issues of natural disasters. Her research has ranged from empirical investigation of major urban disasters to computer modeling and analysis of risk reduction strategies.

Dr. Chang is particularly interested in issues of urban risk dynamics, disaster recovery and resilience, infrastructure systems, climate change adaptation, and coastal cities. She was awarded the 2001 Shah Family Innovation Prize by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), was EERI’s 2011 Distinguished Lecturer, and received the 2018 Distinguished Research Award from the Integrated Disaster Risk Management Society (IDRiM). She has served on the editorial boards of Earthquake Spectra, Environmental Hazards, and Natural Hazards

Stephanie Chang


  • UBC Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
  • UBC Master in Engineering Leadership
  • Straight of Georgia Data Centre

Research and Specialties

  • Climate change
  • Disasters and natural hazards
  • Quantitative analysis/modeling
  • Transportation
  • Urban infrastructure


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