As Director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN), Dr. Dukes designs dispute resolution and public participation processes, mediates and facilitates, teaches and trains, and conducts research.
His courses currently include PLAN 3250/5250, Mediation Theory and Skills, and PLAC 5240, Collaborative Planning for Sustainability, as well as a University Seminar "Righting Unrightable Wrongs" (issues of restorative justice and reparations). He is co-instructor of a new occasional course titled "UVA History: Race and Repair", an outgrowth of a project he initiated entitled University & Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE), addressing UVa's legacy of slavery, segregation and discrimination.
He has worked as a mediator at local, state, and federal levels on projects involving environment and land use, community development, education, and health, with a particular emphasis on the Appalachian coalfields and Chesapeake Bay watershed regions. He is co-founder and core faculty of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. As part of IEN's "Collaborative Stewardship Initiative," he initiated the "Community-Based Collaboratives Research Consortium" seeking to assess and understand local collaborative efforts involving natural resources and community development, and the "Best Practices Guidance Project" resulting in the publication of Collaboration: A Guide for Environmental Advocates and, in 2011, Community-Based Collaboration: Bridging Socio-Ecological Theory and Practice. He also serves as an advisor to the student group University Mediation Services. Another book, Resolving Public Conflict: Transforming Community and Governance describes how public conflict resolution procedures can assist in vitalizing democracy. With two colleagues he is co-author of Reaching for Higher Ground: Tools for Powerful Groups and Communities, which describes how diverse groups and communities can create expectations for addressing conflict with integrity, vision, and creativity.
His most recent book is "Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia," written with Susan Hirsch and published in 2014.
He is the winner of the 2012 Sharon M. Pickett Award for Environmental Conflict Resolution, presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution.
He was previously operator of a piano restoration business for over 10 years in Albemarle County.