Bruce Cahan is a Lecturer in Stanford University's Management Science and Engineering Department, a Lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (, a Distinguished Scholar at Stanford's Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute's mediaX Program, and an active member of CodeX Fellow at Stanford’s Center for Legal Informatics. Bruce's course offerings at Stanford include Ethics of Finance and Financial Engineering (MS&E 148), Investing on the Buy Side of Wall Street (MS&E 449), Sustainable Banking (CEE 244A) and Redesigning Finance ( As an Ashoka Fellow through Urban Logic, Bruce is creating the Space Commodities Exchange, GoodBank™(IO), an independent teaching bank for high-transparency, impacts-aware commercial bankers, and other projects.

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford University - Department of Management Science & Engineering (2016 - Present)
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Stanford mediaX (2016 - 2019)
  • Adjunct Professor, Stanford University - Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (2016 - 2017)
  • Consulting Professor, Stanford University - Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (2014 - 2016)
  • Visiting Scholar, Stanford University - Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (2011 - 2014)
  • Non-Residential Fellow, Stanford Law School - Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX) (2008 - 2012)
  • Non-Residential Fellow, Stanford Law School - Center for Internet and Society (2006 - 2009)

Program Affiliations

  • Center for Human Rights and International Justice
  • Center for Human Rights and International Justice

Professional Education

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, Economics and International Business (1976)
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), Temple University School of Law, Law (1979)

2020-21 Courses

All Publications

  • Study design, rationale and methods of the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) study: a cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate environmental and human health impacts of a water-sensitive intervention in informal settlements in Indonesia and Fiji. BMJ open Leder, K., Openshaw, J. J., Allotey, P., Ansariadi, A., Barker, S. F., Burge, K., Clasen, T. F., Chown, S. L., Duffy, G. A., Faber, P. A., Fleming, G., Forbes, A. B., French, M., Greening, C., Henry, R., Higginson, E., Johnston, D. W., Lappan, R., Lin, A., Luby, S. P., McCarthy, D., O'Toole, J. E., Ramirez-Lovering, D., Reidpath, D. D., Simpson, J. A., Sinharoy, S. S., Sweeney, R., Taruc, R. R., Tela, A., Turagabeci, A. R., Wardani, J., Wong, T., Brown, R., RISE Consortium, Awaluddin, F., Batagol, B., Bata, L., Bulachi, D., Cahan, B., Davis, B., El-Sioufi, M., Jovanovic, D., Prescott, M. F., Ramsay, E., Rogersh, B., Saifuddaolah, M., Schang, C., Tseng, C., Vamosi, R., Vilsoni, S., Vakarewa, I., Zulkifli, A. 2021; 11 (1): e042850


    INTRODUCTION: Increasing urban populations have led to the growth of informal settlements, with contaminated environments linked to poor human health through a range of interlinked pathways. Here, we describe the design and methods for the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) study, a transdisciplinary randomised trial evaluating impacts of an intervention to upgrade urban informal settlements in two Asia-Pacific countries.METHODS AND ANALYSIS: RISE is a cluster randomised controlled trial among 12 settlements in Makassar, Indonesia, and 12 in Suva, Fiji. Six settlements in each country have been randomised to receive the intervention at the outset; the remainder will serve as controls and be offered intervention delivery after trial completion. The intervention involves a water-sensitive approach, delivering site-specific, modular, decentralised infrastructure primarily aimed at improving health by decreasing exposure to environmental faecal contamination. Consenting households within each informal settlement site have been enrolled, with longitudinal assessment to involve health and well-being surveys, and human and environmental sampling. Primary outcomes will be evaluated in children under 5 years of age and include prevalence and diversity of gastrointestinal pathogens, abundance and diversity of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) genes in gastrointestinal microorganisms and markers of gastrointestinal inflammation. Diverse secondary outcomes include changes in microbial contamination; abundance and diversity of pathogens and AMR genes in environmental samples; impacts on ecological biodiversity and microclimates; mosquito vector abundance; anthropometric assessments, nutrition markers and systemic inflammation in children; caregiver-reported and self-reported health symptoms and healthcare utilisation; and measures of individual and community psychological, emotional and economic well-being. The study aims to provide proof-of-concept evidence to inform policies on upgrading of informal settlements to improve environments and human health and well-being.ETHICS: Study protocols have been approved by ethics boards at Monash University, Fiji National University and Hasanuddin University.TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: ACTRN12618000633280; Pre-results.

    View details for DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042850

    View details for PubMedID 33419917

  • Space Policies for the New Space Age: Competing on the Final Economic Frontier Cahan, B., Sadat, M. NewSpace New Mexico. USA. 2021
  • Space Commodities Futures Trading Exchange: Adapting Terrestrial Market Mechanisms to Grow a Sustainable Space Economy NEW SPACE Cahan, B. B., Pittman, R., Cooper, S., Cumbers, J. 2018
  • Space Commodities in Service of National Security American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) Space Forum Cahan, B., Locke, T. 2018

    View details for DOI 10.2514/6.2018-5150

  • Outer Frontiers of Banking: Financing Space Explorers and Safeguarding Terrestrial Finance NEW SPACE-THE JOURNAL OF SPACE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION Cahan, B. B., Marboe, I., Roedel, H. 2016; 4 (4): 253–68
  • Making Cities Smarter than Their Bankers Artificial Intelligence and Smarter Living — The Conquest of Complexity: Papers from the 2011 AAAI Workshop Cahan, B. 2011
  • Using High-Transparency Banks to Reconnect Money and Meaning Community Development Investment Review Cahan, B. 2009
  • Learning from crisis - Lessons in human and information infrastructure from the World Trade Center response SOCIAL SCIENCE COMPUTER REVIEW Dawes, S. S., Cresswell, A. M., Cahan, B. B. 2004; 22 (1): 52–66
  • Turning to Digital Government in a Crisis: Coordinating Government, Business & Nonprofit Services in Response to the World Trade CenterAttacks of September 11, 2001 Dawes, S., Cahan, B., Cresswell, A. NSF National Science Foundation Digital Government Exploratory Research. 2003
  • United States' Experience with Public-Private Partnership: Elements of Effective Public-Purpose Partnership OECD E-Government Project Cahan, B. 2002
  • Financing the NSDI: Aligning Federal and Non-Federal Investments Cahan, B. FGDC: Federal Geographic Data Committee. Washington DC. 2000
  • National Health Insurance: How would the courts take it? Temple Law Quarterly Cahan, B. 1979; 52