Program in Environmental Design

University of Colorado Boulder

Bruce Goldstein

Associate Professor

Office: 111


Bruce Goldstein is 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. He examines how planners, activists, public agency managers and other stakeholders develop collaborative responses to social-ecological challenges, such as rapid growth in the wildlands-urban interface, biodiversity protection, common-property resource management, and climate change. Bruce is particularly interested in how learning networks can catalyze change in stable and durable institutions that are approaching dramatic social and ecological thresholds. Bruce’s 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. Bruce is currently initiating two projects – a community and network-scale resilience assessment in partnership with the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, and a study of the Locally-Managed Marine Areas Network.


  • 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)

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications