Bruce Goldstein

IMG_3172Bruce 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. 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.


Yabes, Ruth and Goldstein, Bruce Evan. 2015. Collaborative Resilience to Episodic Shocks and Surprises: A Very Long-Term Case Study of Zanjera Irrigation in the Philippines 1979-2010. Social Sciences.

Doak, Daniel F., Victoria J. Bakker, Goldstein, Bruce Evan, and Benjamin Hale. 2013. What Is the Future of Conservation? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29(2): 77-81.

Goldstein, Bruce, Wessells, Anne Taufen, Lejano, Raul P., and William Butler. 2013. Narrating Resilience: Transforming Cities Through Collaborative Storytelling. Urban Studies.

Goldstein, Bruce Evan (ed.). Collaborative Resilience: Moving Through Crisis to Opportunity. MIT Press, November 2011. Link to Flyer, and Chapter 1, Introduction To Planning For Disaster: Building Resilience Through Collaboration.

Goldstein, Bruce Evan. 2010. Epistemic Mediation: Aligning Expertise across Boundaries within an Endangered Species Habitat Conservation Plan. Planning Theory and Practice 11(4): 523-547

Butler, William Hale and Goldstein, Bruce Evan. 2010. The US Fire Learning Network: Springing a Rigidity Trap through Multi-scalar Collaborative Networks. Ecology and Society 15(3): 21

Goldstein, Bruce Evan. 2010. The Weakness of Tight Ties: Why Scientists Almost Destroyed the Coachella Valley Multispecies Habitat Conservation Plan In Order To Save It. Environmental Management 46(2): 268-284

Goldstein, Bruce Evan and Butler, William Hale. 2010. The U.S. Fire Learning Network:Providing a Narrative Framework for Restoring Ecossystems, Professions, and Institutions. Society and Natural Resources, 23(10): 935-951

Goldstein, Bruce Evan, Butler, William Hale, and R. Bruce Hull. 2010. The U.S. Fire Learning Network: A Promising Conservation Strategy For Forestry. Journal of Forestry, 108(3): 121-125

Goldstein, Bruce Evan and Butler, William Hale. 2010. Expanding the Scope and Impact of Collaborative Planning: Combining Multi-stakeholder Collaboration and Communities of Practice in a Learning Network. Journal of the American Planning Association, 76(2): 238-249

Goldstein, Bruce Evan. 2009. Resilience To Surprises Through Communicative Planning. Ecology and Society, 14(2): 33

Goldstein, Bruce Evan and Butler, William Hale. 2009. The Network Imaginary: Coherence and Creativity within a Multiscalar Collaborative Effort to Reform U.S. Fire Management. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 52(8): 1013-1033

Goldstein, Bruce Evan and R. Bruce Hull. 2008. Socially Explicit Fire Regimes. Society and Natural Resources, 21(6): 469-482

Goldstein, Bruce Evan. 2007. Skunkworks In the Embers of the Cedar Fire: Enhancing Societal Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster. Human Ecology, 36(1): 15-28

Goldstein, Bruce Evan. 2007. The Futility of Reason: Incommensurable Differences Between Sustainability Narratives in the Aftermath of the 2003 San Diego Cedar Fire. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 9(4): 227-244

Letourneau, Deborah K. and Goldstein, Bruce Evan. 2001. Pest Damage and Arthropod Community Structure in Organic vs. Conventional Tomato Production in California. Journal of Applied Ecology, 38(3): 557-570

Goldstein, Bruce Evan. 1992. Can Ecosystem Management Turn an Administrative Patchwork into a Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem? The Northwest Environmental Journal, 8(4): 285-324

Goldstein, Bruce Evan. 1992. The Struggle Over Ecosystem Management at Yellowstone. BioScience, 42(3): 183-7

Goldstein, Bruce Evan. 1989. Sewage Treatment – Naturally Renewable Resources Journal 7(2): 5-11.

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