College - Author 1

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Department - Author 1

Experience Industry Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration



Primary Advisor

Brian Greenwood, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Experience Industry Management Department


Risk management can be defined as a decision-making process of planning, identifying, analyzing, developing a response for, and controlling potential risks with the goal of minimizing the negative impacts of those risks. Risk management is an essential practice for all events, especially large-scale, live entertainment events. The purpose of this study was to examine the risk management practices for Burning Man. The instrument utilized in this study was a best practices guide developed by the researcher. Data were collected prior to, during, and following Burning Man 2022: Waking Dreams. Sources of data include printed material and online sources published by Burning Man Project. The researcher determined that Burning Man Project effectively meets many of the best practices put forth by the Event Safety Alliance and successfully implements the standard tactics for reducing liability facing the organization. Burning Man Project is recommended to incorporate additional practices to mitigate weather, food access, and structural risks.