Bruce Goldstein


Bruce Goldstein

Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
University of Colorado at Boulder
UCB 488
Boulder, CO 80309-0488

Tel: 303-735-0451
Fax: 303-735-1576

Bruce 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.

Recent Publications

Fazey, I., Schäpke, N., Caniglia, G., Patterson, J., Hultman, J., van Mierlo, B., Säwe, F., Wiek, A., Wittmayer, J., Aldunce, P., Al Waer, H., Battacharya, N., Bradbury, H., Carmen, E., Colvin, J., Cvitanovic, C., D’Souza, M., Gopel, M., Goldstein, M., et al. 2018. Ten essentials for action-oriented and second order energy transitions, transformations and climate change research. Energy Research & Social Science 405, 4-70.

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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