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Matthew McKinney

Matthew McKinney

Director, Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy

Matthew McKinney is Director of the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at The University of Montana where his work focuses on collaborative approaches to natural resource and environmental policy.

Prior to his current position, Matthew served as the founding director of the Montana Consensus Council for 10 years. During the past 20-plus years, he has designed, facilitated, and mediated over 50 public processes on issues related to federal land, water, fish and wildlife, land use, regional planning and resource management, and other public issues. He received a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Conflict Resolution from The University of Michigan; has published numerous articles in journals and books; co-authored The Western Confluence: A Guide to Governing Natural Resources (Island Press, 2004); and teaches workshops, seminars, and courses on natural resource policy and public dispute resolution.

Matthew is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Montana’s School of Law; Chair of the Natural Resource Conflict Resolution Program (the only graduate-level certificate program of its kind in North America); Senior Associate at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; and Senior Partner with the Consensus Building Institute. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, and was a research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2000 and 2002. 

When he is not working on natural resource and environmental issues, he can be found hiking, fishing, floating, and otherwise enjoying the outdoors.

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