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Goldstein, Bruce Evan

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  • Bruce Goldstein is Associate Professor in the Program in Environmental Design and the Program in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He examines how can communities combine forces to adapt to social and ecological challenges and foster transformational change. He pursues this question through research partnerships with learning networks, which enable place-based learning and system-wide adaptation to innovate solutions that are site-specific and applicable network-wide. He partners with netweavers who are attempting to promote positive change across critical social and ecological thresholds. His research is qualitative and interpretive, and applies the principles of participatory action research.


  • Collaborative social-ecological planning and policy


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courses taught

  • ENVD 4361 - Special Topics: Social Factors in Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2023
    Addresses variable topics in the relationship of human experience and behavior to the built environment, e.g., social research methods in environmental design.
  • ENVM 5002 - Analyzing Socio-Environmental Systems
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Learn to use a 'systems thinking' approach to address complex environmental challenges. The objective is to introduce students to thinking about environmental challenges in a holistic manner, helping them to understand the connectivity between different parts of the same system and to identify the synergies and trade-offs contained within most socio-environmental systems.
  • ENVM 5011 - Collaborative Innovation and Social Change
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Enhancing practical abilities to work for social change. We (1) learn about innovators who effectively leverage change, (2) engage in hands-on, highly interactive approaches to empathize, problem-solve and co-create, and (3) turn our ideas into real-world, prototype designs. Class is varied and interactive, relying on a mixture of videos, case readings, interactive activities and discussion.
  • ENVS 5100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    A variety of topics not currently offered in curriculum; offered depending on instructor availability and student demand. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • PLAN 3100 - Studio 2: Intermediate Planning and Urban Design
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Uses intermediate-level planning concepts and practices to create solutions to specific challenges in a collaborative process. Through a sequence of design investigations students explores issues such as equity, housing, transportation, community engagement and land use.
  • PLAN 4101 - Sustainable Futures Planning
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Surveys innovative ways that planners and designers are addressing the great social and ecological challenges of the present and future. Includes issues such as population growth and climate change.


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