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About Bruce Evan Goldstein

I am an Associate Professor in the Program in Environmental Design and the Program in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, and a faculty research associate in the Institute for Behavioral Science. My work focuses on how planners, activists, public agency managers and other stakeholders collaborate to address daunting social-ecological challenges, such as restoring fire regimes in a densely populated wildlands-urban interface, harmonizing common-property resource management with international efforts to protect biodiversity, and of course climate change. I am particularly interested in how learning networks can catalyze change in stable and durable institutions that are approaching dramatic social and ecological thresholds. My past work includes a 6-year study of the U.S. Fire Learning Network, a novel multi-scalar collaborative approach to restoring disrupted fire regimes across multi-jurisdictional landscapes, and the edited book “Collaborative Resilience: Moving Through Crisis to Opportunity” (MIT Press 2011), which focuses on how crises can be opportunities for collaboration, consensus building, and transformative resilience. Currently, I am collaborating with members of my project team on four projects – a community and network-scale resilience assessment in partnership with the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, a study of critical infrastructures within the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative, design and implementation of a nation-wide STEM learning network, and a study of the Locally-Managed Marine Areas Network in the South Pacific.


Present Associate Professor, University of Colorado
Present Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado
Present Program in Environmental Studies, University of Colorado

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Environmental Planning and Policymaking, Long-term, Large-scale Social-ecological Planning, and Collaborative Negotiation and Governance

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Honors and Awards

  • PhD in City and Regional Planning (University of California, Berkeley, 2004)
  • MS in Forest Ecology (Yale University, 1990)
  • BA in Literature and Biology (dual major) (Wesleyan University, 1986)


  • Collaborative Planning (Fall 2010)
  • Environmental Policy and Planning II (Spring 2010)
  • Planning Issues and Processes (Fall 2010, Fall 2009)

Contact Information

Office Location:
University of Colorado Boulder
Project Team Website (link below)


Articles (16)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (2)