Lecturer + Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Education: BA University of Virginia; MS and PhD., George Mason University

Frank Dukes, Ph.D. is a mediator and facilitator who directed the Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) at the University of Virginia (UVa) from 2000 to 2015 before stepping down to concentrate on his applied work. He has convened and facilitated numerous collaborative change processes, including discussions involving communities affected by the 2014 Duke Energy coal ash release, ongoing work with Appalachian communities undergoing transition in the coalfields, work in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and building consensus for how the University of Virginia may best respond to sexual violence.

He also is founder of the University & Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE), which addresses the university’s legacy of slavery, segregation and its impact on the wider community. He was a member of the Charlottesville Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces, is a member of the design team for UVA’s Memorial for Enslaved Laborers, and co-leads IEN’s Transforming Community Spaces project, providing guidance and support for communities addressing deep differences over the public representation of their racial history.

He teaches collaborative planning, mediation, and a class titled “Righting Unrightable Wrongs.”

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.

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, and the 2016 Casteen Diversity Award, presented by the University of Virginia.

He was previously operator of a piano restoration business for over 10 years in Albemarle County.