Co-Directors, Conflict Research Consortium
Campus Box 327
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: (303) 492-1635
Fax: (303) 492-2154
In 1979 and after working for five years as a graduate research assistant for Kenneth Boulding, Guy completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Colorado with a dissertation exploring the better ways of handling environmental disputes invo lving risk and uncertainty. As a Cabot Post-Doctoral Fellow in Energy Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he then explored the many energy facility siting conflicts that had arisen during the height of the energy crisis. He nex t served on the staffs of the Governor's blue ribbon oversight committee for the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant and the Consortium on Energy Impacts, a joint government, university, and industry effort to identify and mitigate the impacts of Rocky Moun tain area energy development.
Heidi also received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado in 1979 with a dissertation which examined public participation in energy facility siting conflicts. She then worked with Larry Susskind at the Massachusetts Institute of T echnology's Department of Urban Studies and Planning on an EPA study of environmental mediation. Next, she worked with Accord Associations, one of the country's pioneering environmental dispute resolution programs.
In 1987, they both returned to the University of Colorado to establish, with several other colleagues, the Conflict Research Consortium. This multi-disciplinary university/community program is one of the few major research centers devoted to the d evelopment of more constructive approaches to those difficult conflicts which stubbornly resist even the best conflict resolution techniques. Their work has focused upon environmental and public policy conflicts, international conflicts involving violati ons of fundamental human rights, and social conflicts involving racial, ethnic, gender, and lifestyle issues. They have also received numerous grants to develop the Web as a conflict resolution training tool. In addition to numerous papers, conference p resentations, and teaching activities the Burgess's have written or edited two books, Justice Without Violence, and the Encyclopedia of Conflict Resolution. Another book, Constructive Confrontation: Strategies for Dealing with Intractabl e Conflicts is in process.
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