Welcome to the website for Andrew Rumbach, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado Denver and research affiliate at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.
As a researcher and teacher, I am broadly interested in urban sustainability and community resilience. My research examines the root causes of environmental risk in cities, asking why low-income and marginalized communities tend to suffer disproportionately from disasters. I am also interested in local government decision-making about disaster and climate risk, especially in small cities and rural communities. My research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Natural Hazards Center, and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others, and is based primarily in the United States and India.
At the University of Colorado, I teach graduate courses in environmental planning, urban sustainability, disaster and climate change planning, and international development.
I am the co-director of the International Planning Case Studies project, which provides practitioner developed cases to international planning educators. I also help manage Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado, a guide and website for helping communities to build environmental resilience through land-use planning. I am a board member of the American Planning Association Colorado chapter and on the steering committee of the Colorado Cultural and Historic Resources Task Force.