Kristof Van Assche, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences


Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
(587) 594-2730
3-105 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4


Area of Study / Keywords

governance planning development environment policy strategy


Kristof is interested in evolution and innovation in governance, with focus areas in spatial planning and design, development and environmental policy. He worked in various countries, and often combines fieldwork with theoretical reflection: systems theories, interpretive policy analysis, institutional economics, post- structuralism.

He held visiting positions at McGill University, Krakov Agricultural University, Wageningen University, Groningen University, RWTH Aachen, Bonn University. Geographically, his work spans Europe, the America’s, Central Asia and the Caucasus and Africa. He published widely on these topics.

Kristof is also associated with Bonn University, where he is Senior Fellow at ZEF/ Institute for Development Research. and Memorial University, where is Research Fellow at the Harris Centre for Regional Development and Policy.

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Publications updated on Google scholar:



  • Innovation and evolution in governance
  • Strategy, community and organization
  • Spatial planning & design
  • Environmental policy & natural resource governance
  • Institutional design, experiment and transition.
  • Comparative policy, planning and administration
  • Research methods and methodology for sustainability


Classes taught:

  • Planning Theory
  • Planning and development for Northern & resource communities
  • European traditions in planning and governance
  • Community development & participation
  • Rural development & planning
  • International planning & development
  • Planning theory & practice

Featured Publications

Beunen, R., Van Assche, K., Duineveld, M. (eds)

2015 January;

an Assche, K., Hornidge, A.K.

2015 January;

Iordachi, C., Van Assche, K., Eds.

2015 January;

Van Assche, K, Beunen, M, Duineveld, M

2014 January;

Radomski, P., Van Assche, K.