University of Virginia: School of Architecture

Frank Dukes receives the 2012 Sharon Pickett Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution

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Frank Dukes, Director of the University of Virginia’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation, recently received the 2012 Sharon Pickett Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution. The Association for Conflict Resolution presents the Sharon M. Pickett Award annually to a person who has advanced the cause of environmental protection through effective conflict resolution, or who has authored a publication that advances awareness of an environmental protection concern addressed through conflict resolution.

The award was presented by Lou Gieszl, the immediate past President of the Association, who declared that “Frank Dukes is a nationally known leader in the ADR field and has an extensive background as a facilitator and as a public policy neutral. Frank has authored or co-authored several books and, in my view, has gone beyond the level of simple dispute resolution and conflict management. He’s at the realm of spiritual and personal transformation. He’s done extraordinary work in the area of reconciliation and righting unrightable wrongs.”

Author of Reaching for Higher Ground and Resolving Public Conflict: Transforming Community and Governance, Dr. Dukes works with communities on a wide range of issues including water quality, economic development, racial equity, and public lands. He facilitated ground-breaking consensus building efforts involving the tobacco farmer and public health communities, and is now involved in consensus building in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia as well as the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  He teaches courses in collaborative planning and other topics at UVa.

Published: October 22, 2012