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Research of Lloyd Burton



Professor and Director, Program Concentration  Environmental Policy, Management, and Law
School of Public Affairs
University of Colorado Denver
1380 Lawrence St., suite 500
Denver, Colorado 80204

phone: 303.315.2482
fax: 303.315.2229



Growing out of research done for his book Worship and Wilderness (on the management of sacred sites and resources on public lands), in 2004 Lloyd received a grant from the National Park Service to establish the Place and Native Voice Project

Still being administered as a partnership between the Park Service and the School of Public Affairs, the Project trains Native American Indian college students to serve as cultural resource interpreters at national parks and monuments in the Mountain West with which their tribes have a traditional cultural and historical association.

These students’ work includes preserving and presenting to park visitors oral teachings on traditional ecological knowledge from their elders (who approve what teachings can be shared).  The students are also contributing authors to Sustainability and the Sacred, an online anthology combining their work and original research done by Lloyd, who edits this electronic publication.

Sustainability and the Sacred provides a research context for reframing some of these forms of traditional ecological knowledge and their accompanying rituals as early indigenous statements of environmental policy and environmental management principles.  The anthology is a continuous work in progress, with new chapter sections being added after each year’s PNV interns submits their work.


As founding director of both the MPA Program Concentration in Environmental Policy, Management, and Law and the concentration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, another focus of Lloyd’s work is on the interface between environmental management and emergency management.

One current example of this research is on environmental and public health damage occasioned by railway disasters, which is also the first known example of the application of the Institutional Analysis and Development framework to the study of the Law of All-Hazards Management.

Another is work he currently has under way on conflicts between land use and natural disaster management, such as wildfires at the Wildlands-Urban Interface (WUI).

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