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Lloyd Burton, Professor and Concentrations Director

Lloyd Burton

University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
P.O. Box 173364 - Campus Box 142
Denver, CO 80217 - 3364
Phone: (303) 315 - 2482
Fax: (303) 315 - 2229

 Curriculum Vitae



Areas of Interest: law and public policy; environmental law and policy; disaster management law and policy; cultural dimentions of public lands management.

Place and Native Voice Project

Bio:  Professor Burton holds undergraduate degrees in Government (Prescott College) and Conservation of Natural Resources (UC-Berkeley); an M.A. in Cultural Geography with a Regional Planning emphasis (San Francisco State University); and the Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley. He co-directs the M.P.A. program concentration in Environmental Policy, Management, and Law; and also teaches in the M.P.A. program concentration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. He is the founder and managing co-host of The Jurisprudence of Disasters, a collaborative research network established under the auspices of the Law and Society Association.  Much of his current research centers on the interface between environmental management and disaster management, in contexts such as wildfires in the Wildlands/Urban Interface in states of the Mountain West, and hazardous infrastructure in urban settings.  He has done overseas sabbatical research in New Zealand (Fulbright Award, 1994); Thailand (2004); Australia, and Spain (2012).  He has written books on the water rights of American Indian tribes, and on legal aspects of the religious uses of public lands.  His current book project is on the law of living in dangerous place.

Recent Publications:


 [with M. Jude Egan], “Courting Disaster: Systemic Failures And Reactive Responses In Railway Safety Regulation”, 20 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 553 (2011).
 "The Constitutional Roots of All-Hazards Policy, Management, and Law," Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Vol. 5 : Iss. 1, Article 35 (2008).


Available at:
Worship and Wilderness: Culture, Religion, and Law in Public Lands Management.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002 | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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