Welcome to the website for Andrew Rumbach, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado Denver. My research centers on household and community risk and resilience to natural hazards, in the United States and India. My current research projects include a longitudinal study of mobile home park recovery after Hurricanes Harvey and Michael; an examination of “rural urbanization” in India and its shaping of disaster risk; and a study of historic preservation planning and flood hazards in Colorado. At CU Denver I teach graduate courses on environmental planning, hazards planning and international development.
In addition to research and teaching, I manage the Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado, a guide and website for helping communities to build resilience through land-use planning. I also lead a team of Colorado practitioners who deliver community-based trainings from the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center on hazard mitigation, disaster recovery and resilience. Lastly, I am a steering committee member of the Colorado Cultural and Historic Resources Task Force, which works to reduce the impact of natural hazards on museums, libraries, collections, and historic properties.
During the academic year 2019-2020, I am on sabbatical from the University of Colorado Denver. During this time I will be advising the Colorado Resiliency Office in the Department of Local Affairs and a visiting scholar at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.