Danya Rumore portrait
  • Research Professor, College Of Law - Dean
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), City & Metropolitan Planning
  • Director, Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, College Of Law


  • Ph.D., Environmental Policy and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Project: Role-Play Simulations: A Tool for Transformative Civic Education and Engagement Around Science-Intensive Environmental Issues
  • M.Sc., Environmental Management and Geography, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • B.S., Environmental Science and Natural Resource Economics, Oregon State University


Danya Rumore, Ph.D., is the Director of the Wallace Stegner Center Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, a Research Professor in the S.J. Quinney College of Law, and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning. Her 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 and a Co-Director of the Gateway and Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) Initiative.