Carissa Champlin

Carissa Champlin

Assistant Professor, Human-Centered Design

Delft University of Technology

My research advances design thinking in urban planning to innovate, to reveal values underlying stated interests and observed behaviours, and to contextualize our (data-driven) planning methods and technologies extending to the plans and policies they produce. As a member of TU Delft’s [Climate Action Programme] (, the [4TU. Center for Resilience Engineering] (, the TPM [Resilience Lab] ( and CUSP, I study innovation in the realm of urban climate resilience.

In my current research, I am developing an urban toolkitting approach, see [PAVERS] ( project, that engages the full range of actors in the continuous codesign and adaptation of planning support methods and technologies. What I enjoy most about academics is collaborating with colleagues from different disciplines and sectors through engagement in transdiscipinary practice. And, I often employ gamified methods to facilitate communication and integrated scenario-based planning. I am particularly interested in promoting the shared and adaptive (re-)use of our urban socio-technical and environmental systems and resources.

  • Planning support methods and technologies
  • Spatial strategy making
  • Codesign
  • Public participation and community engagement
  • Serious gaming
  • Transdisciplinarity
  • Urban climate resilience
  • PhD in Civil Engineering, 2019

    University of Twente (Netherlands)

  • MSc in Urban Management, 2008

    Berlin Institute of Technology (Germany)