Welcome to the website for Andrew Rumbach, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado Denver.
As a researcher and teacher, I am broadly interested in urban sustainability and community resilience. My research examines the intersections of urbanization and environmental risk, with an emphasis on uneven geographies of risk and resilience in cities. I am also working to better understand local government policies and decision making about disaster mitigation and recovery. My research is based primarily in the United States and India.
At the University of Colorado Denver I teach graduate courses in environmental planning, urban sustainability, planning for natural hazards and climate change, and international development. I also lead an international field research methods course in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India, in partnership with Save the Hills, a community-based organization dedicated to reducing landslide risk.
I am the founding coordinator of Resilient Colorado, an initiative that supports Colorado communities working to become more resilient to natural hazards and climate change. I am currently a fellow of the Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers program, an NSF-funded effort to foster interdisciplinary research among young researchers working in the field of disaster studies.