My research centers on household and community risk to natural hazards and climate change, in the United States and India. Using a mix of qualitative, quantitative and geospatial data, I examine the intersection of urbanization and extreme weather events and the political-economic context for disaster risk creation. My current projects include a mixed-method study of earthquake and landslide risk in the hill station cities of northeastern India; a study of historic resources at-risk from natural hazards in Colorado; and a longitudinal study of mobile home park recovery in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Rumbach, Andrew and Jeremy Nemeth. Disaster Risk Creation in the Darjeeling Himalayas: Moving Towards Justice. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.
Weinstein, Liza, Andrew Rumbach and Saumitra Sinha. Resilient Growth: Fantasy Plans and Unplanned Developments in India’s Flood-Prone Coastal Cities. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
Shirgaokar, Manish and Andrew Rumbach. Investigating Housing Tenures Beyond Homeownership: A Study of Informal Settlements in Kolkata, India. Housing Studies, 33(1): 117-139. PDF.
Rumbach, Andrew. At the Roots of Urban Disasters: Planning and Uneven Geographies of Risk in Kolkata, India. Journal of Urban Affairs, 39(6): 783-799. PDF.
Rumbach, Andrew and Manish Shirgaokar. Predictors of Household Exposure to Monsoon Rain Hazards in Informal Settlements. Natural Hazards, 85: 709-728. PDF.
Hoey, Lesli, Andrew Rumbach and Joshua Shake. Bringing Practice to the Classroom: Using a Deliberative Learning and Case Study Approach to Teach International Planning. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 37(2): 223-233. PDF.
Rumbach, Andrew, Carrie Makarewicz, and Jeremy Nemeth. The Importance of Place in Early Disaster Recovery: A Case Study of the 2013 Colorado Floods. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 59(11): 2045-2063. PDF.
Appler, Douglas and Andrew Rumbach. Building Community Resilience Through Historic Preservation. Journal of the American Planning Association, 82(2): 92-103. PDF.
Rumbach, Andrew. Decentralization and Small Cities: Towards More Effective Urban Disaster Governance? Habitat International, 52: 35-42. PDF.
Rumbach, Andrew and Dolores Foley. Indigenous Institutions and Their Role in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience: Evidence from the 2009 Tsunami in American Samoa. Ecology and Society 19(1). PDF.
Rumbach, Andrew . Do New Towns Increase Disaster Risk? Evidence from Kolkata, India. Habitat International, 43: 117-124. PDF.
Rumbach, Andrew and Neema Kudva. Putting People at the Center of Climate Change Adaptation Plans: A Vulnerability Approach. Risk, Hazards, & Crisis in Public Policy, 2(4): 1-23. PDF.
Rumbach, Andrew. Challenges of Disaster Response. In Forrester, John (Ed.) Interface: New Orleans. Planning Theory and Practice, 9(4): 517-564. PDF.
Reardon, Kenneth, Marcel Ionescu- Heroiu, and Andrew Rumbach. Equity Planning in Post-Katrina New Orleans: Lessons from the 9th Ward’s ACORN Housing / University Partnership. Cityscapes, 10(3): 29-48. PDF.
Peer Reviewed Book Chapters
Rumbach, Andrew and Carrie Makarewicz. Affordable Housing and Disaster Recovery: A Case Study of the 2013 Colorado Floods. In: Sapat, Alka and Ann-Margaret Esnard (Eds.) Coming Home After Disaster: Multiple Dimensions of Housing Recovery (pp. 100-112). Boca Raton: CRC Press. PDF.
Rumbach, Andrew. Disaster Governance in Small Urban Places: Issues, Trends and Concerns. In: Miller, Michelle Ann and Mike Douglass (Eds.) Disaster Governance in Urbanising Asia (pp. 109-125). New York: Springer. PDF.
Rumbach, Andrew. From Crowbars to Community Recovery: A Planning Education in the Eye of the Storm; Working Against the Odds (with John Forester and Ken Reardon); and Afterword (with Richard Hayes). In: Forester, John and Ken Reardon (Eds.) Rebuilding Community After Katrina: Transformative Education in the New Orleans Planning Initiative. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. PDF.
Rumbach, Andrew. Editors Introduction: Cities at Risk. In: Miraftab, Faranak and Neema Kudva (Eds.) Cities of the Global South Reader. London & New York: Routledge. PDF.
Reports & Other Publications
Rumbach, Andrew and Brandon Gossard. Manufactured Housing and Flood Recovery in Lyons, Colorado. Prepared on behalf of the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund. PDF.
Rumbach, Andrew, Carrie Makarewicz, Jeremy Nemeth, and Deborah Thomas. Understanding Household Recovery Following the Colorado Flash Floods (2013). Quick Response Research Report #250. LINK.
Smith, Gavin, David Perkes, Darrin Punchard, and Andrew Rumbach. Living With the St. Vrain. Community Planning Assistance Team report for the Town of Lyons, Colorado. LINK.
Rumbach, Andrew (2011). Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale: Potential Impacts on the Tourism Economy of the Southern Tier. Prepared for the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board. PDF.
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