Kramer Named Deputy Director of the Duke Global Health Institute

July 31, 2011

Tim Lucas, 919-613-8084,

DURHAM, N.C. – Randall A. Kramer, professor of environmental economics at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has been appointed deputy director of the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI). Kramer currently serves as associate director for strategy at DGHI.

In his new position, Kramer will take a more active role in day-to-day operations of DGHI, particularly in the areas of strategic planning, faculty recruiting and development, overseas operations and other emerging initiatives. He will also represent the director on various boards and committees.

 “I am grateful for Randy’s commitment to DGHI and to continuing the progress we’ve made over the past four years,” says Michael Merson, founding director of the institute who last month was appointed interim vice president and vice provost for global strategy and programs at Duke.

Since it began in November 2006, DGHI has become one of the world’s leading academic global health institutes.  The institute now has more than 50 faculty members spanning Duke’s campus with more than 120 research and training activities in 28 countries throughout the world focused on a wide range of health issues.

Kramer's experience lies in the role of economics in environmental policy and management, focusing on improving the understanding of how human and business behavior is shaped by policies intended to protect the environment and human health.