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Colleen Scanlan Lyons Ph.D.

Colleen Scanlan Lyons Ph.D.

Instructor: Global Inquiry for 21st Century Leadership (PRLC 3800, Spring Semester)

Dr. Scanlan Lyons is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in social impact assessment and strategic planning for social inclusion in development and conservation initiatives. Dr. Scanlan Lyons serves as a Research Associate with the Environment and Society Group of the University of Colorado’s Institute of Behavioral Science and an Assistant Professor Adjunct in the Anthropology Department at the University of Colorado. She also teaches a course on crosscultural leadership and development in a global context each spring for the Presidents Leadership Class and a course on conservation, development, and social movements each fall for the International Affairs Program. In 2012 she began the Global Inquiry program for the Presidents Leadership Class and each summer she brings a group of CU students to Brazil to engage in community-driven projects in the areas of sustainable development, social entrepreneurship, and environmental governance. She is the Principal Investigator for one of nine grants in the Western Hemisphere from the Partners of the Americas Foundation to support the development of this course in Brazil and Bolivia 2015. Dr. Scanlan Lyons has particular expertise in project development and management pertaining to the social aspects of climate resilience, forest conservation, network building and community-level participation, mobilization, and empowerment. She collaborates with social-environmental leaders and social entrepreneurs and serves as a liaison among the academic, civil society, governmental, and private sectors, working with diverse socialenvironmental institutions and organizations throughout the world, such as the Climate Reality
Project, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Global Greengrants Fund, the City of Boulder Open Space Department, the American Forum for Global Education, and the National Institute for Research in the Amazing (INPA). While her geographic expertise lies in Brazil, where she has over twenty years of experience working with organizations in the Amazon and Atlantic Forests, she has also developed collaborative projects in Bolivia, Belize, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Uganda, and the United States. She is a core founder of the Brazil-US Network for Environment, Society, and Governance, which includes research and academic institutions in the U.S. (CU along with the Universities of Wisconsin, Kansas, and Indiana) and Brazil (University of São Paulo, Federal University of Maranhão, State University of Santa Cruz, and the National Institute for Research in the Amazon). Dr. Scanlan Lyons speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and some French.

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