Research Professor, Law and Research Assistant Professor, PlanningUniversity of UtahDirector, Environmental Dispute Resolution Program
Danya Rumore, Ph.D., is the Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program in the Wallace Stegner Center and a Research Associate Professor in the S.J. Quinney College of Law. She is also a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning in the College of Architecture and Planning. Danya’s work and research focus on supporting effective collaborative decision-making and stakeholder engagement in the context of environmental and public policy issues. She has particular expertise in facilitating collaboration around science-intensive environmental issues, gateway and natural amenity region planning concerns, and public lands management. Danya teaches courses on collaboration, negotiation, dispute resolution, facilitation, and effective communication. She is a nationally recognized expert in online facilitation and has conducted trainings on how to run effective online meetings for government agencies, NGOs, consultants, and academic organizations across the U.S. and internationally. Danya was the 2018 recipient of the Rob Williams Award for Emerging Environment and Public Policy Leaders. She completed her doctorate in Environmental Policy and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was the Assistant Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative. Danya also holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Geography from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Economics from Oregon State University. Prior to joining the University of Utah, Danya worked with the Consensus Building Institute, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, and the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. She is the founder of the Gateway and Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) Initiative.