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
ENVM 5002 - Analyzing Socio-Environmental Systems
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
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
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
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 4101 - Sustainable Futures Planning
Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
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.