Andrew Rumback

Andrew Rumbach

Associate Professor
  • Urban and Regional Planning Department


Mailing Address:
  • CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street

Denver, CO 80202

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Planning and Design at the University of Colorado Denver. My research is broadly concerned with the social and institutional dimensions of disasters and climate change, and with the relationships between urbanization and environmental risk. I am especially concerned with how urban planning policies and practice can help build more resilient cities, communities, and regions. I focus primarily on India and the United States.

I hold a PhD and MRP in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a BA in Political Science from Reed College. My doctoral dissertation was awarded the Gill-Chin Lim award for best dissertation in international planning by the ACSP’s Global Planning Educators Group (GPEIG) in 2011. My work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, NOAA, the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, the Clarence S. Stein Institute, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

My current research and professional projects include:

  • A study of household and community recovery following the 2013 floods in Colorado, with a focus on affordable housing;
  • A mixed-methods analysis of new towns and master planned settlements in India and their relationship to informal development;
  • A study of indigenous institutions and their role in tsunami recovery in American Samoa;
  • A community-based study of urbanization and landslide risk in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India (with Save the Hills).

Most Recent Courses:

  • Natural and Built Environments
  • Disaster/Climate Change Planning
  • Planning in the Developing World

Areas of Expertise

Disasters and climate change, environmental risk, urban resilience, international planning, small town and rural development 

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, City and Regional Planning - Cornell University - 2011 
  • Master of Regional Planning - Cornell University - 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science - Reed College - 2002