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Andrew Rumbach
Senior Fellow
Colead, Climate and Communities Practice Area
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center

Andrew Rumbach is a senior fellow at the Urban Institute where he coleads the Climate and Communities practice area in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center.

Rumbach is a mixed-methods researcher who studies household and community risk to natural hazards and climate change. He is especially interested in how federal, state, and local government plans and policies shape hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, and community disaster recovery. He has studied numerous federal and state-declared disaster events and has written about affordable housing and disaster vulnerability, land-use policy and environmental risk, the vulnerability of cultural and historic resources to disasters and climate extremes, and rural governance of disasters. His writing has appeared in such venues as the Journal of the American Planning Association, Housing Studies, Habitat International, and the Journal of Urban Affairs. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Natural Hazards Center; the Rockefeller Foundation, and others.

Rumbach earned a BA in political science from Reed College and a PhD and MRP in city and regional planning from Cornell University.

Research Areas
Climate change, disasters, and community resilience
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Climate resilient housing
Equitable disaster recovery
Climate safety net
Environmental displacement and migration
Families with low incomes
Inclusive recovery
International housing and land markets
International urban development and the environment
Land use and zoning
Rural people and places
Planning for climate change
Climate impacts and community resilience
Equitable emergency management policy