PhD Students

Champlin, Carissa

Name Carissa Champlin, MSc.
Department Construction Management & Engineering
Room Horstring-Z202/Z206
Tel. 053-489 6859
Tel. secretary 053-489 4254/2670
E-mail c.j.champlin@utwente.nl
Position PhD researcher

Postal address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Department of Construction Management & Engineering
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

Education

2006 - 2008
MSc Urban Management, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Specialization: Urban Transport & Governance

2003 - 2005
MSc International Trade & Development, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, United States
Specialization: Non-profit development & Sociology

1999 - 2003
BSc Political Science & German, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, United States
Specialization: International Relations

Employment record

2012 - current
PhD candidate at the department of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Topic: The Design of Needs-Based Planning and its Instruments: Enhancing PSS usability for integrated revitalization planning strategies

2008 - 2012
Freelance Urban Planner at Stadt. International Urban Consulting (co-founder), Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin

2007 - 2008
Research Assistant, Habitat Unit Technische Universität Berlin

2005 - 2006
International Bureaus Coordinator, School of International Studies, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

2003 - 2005
Strategic Recruiter, United States Peace Corps, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Research

PhD research: The Design of Needs-Based Planning and its Instruments: Enhancing PSS usability for integrated revitalization planning strategies

Current planning practices show growing disparity between strategic blueprinting preferred by policy makers and the ad hoc procedures applied by practitioners. Particularly in the case of revitalization projects, fragmented landscapes of pre-existing physical and social structures must be integrated into comprehensive visions and strategies.

With this in mind, planning support systems (PSS) carry powerful potential. Still in its infancy, the field that explores PSS applications must strengthen understandings of user-oriented design and the adoption of PSS tools. In order to close the policy-practice gap, PSS must be designed for flexibility, innovation and speed while positioning decision-making results within an integrated planning process.

This research draws on insights from the field within the Revitaplan framework, an EU-Interreg funded project to develop a holistic package of planning support systems to support decision making in municipal revitalization projects in the Dutch-German border region. In return, it will provide tangible improvement recommendations for the design of PSS tools and their indicators creating integrated strategies that align better with ad hoc planning practices.