School of Public Affairs
New Zealand 1994-1995
Water Resource Management and Environmental Policy Reform in New Zealand: Regionalism, Allocation and Indigenous Relations
Lloyd Burton's expertise is in law and public policy, with an emphasis on the cultural dimensions of environmental law and policy, and a specialization in intergovernmental relations in all-hazards management. Prior to his 1994 Fulbright appointment Burton authored a book on the water right of American Indian Tribes; a central feature of his research agenda was the cultural aspects of environmental law and policy.
Burton's Fulbright research and teaching appointment took him to the Department of Geography at the University of Auckland in 1994. At the University of Auckland, Burton used his expertise to research the role and status of Maori peoples in the implementation of New Zealand’s Resource Management Act. Working with Professor Chris Cocklin, a colleague in the Geography Department, he produced environmental law and policy research and published two law review articles on water resource management and policy reform and its implications for indigenous relations, allocation and regionalism.
Burton is former chair of a gubernatorial commission overseeing cleanup of Colorado's largest municipal Superfund site; and is now serving his third term on the Denver Board of Environmental Health. In addition to his Fulbright assignment in New Zealand, he has conducted additional research overseas in Thailand, where he investigated culture, religion, and environmental management.