Randall Kramer

Randall Kramer

Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Global Environmental Health

Deputy Director, Duke Global Health Institute | Chair, EEP Program

Randall Kramer is the Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Global Environmental Health in the Nicholas School of the Environment and deputy director of the Duke Global Health Institute. 

Before coming to Duke in 1988, he was on the faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has held visiting positions at IUCN--The World Conservation Union, the Economic Growth Center at Yale University, and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, World Health Organization and other international organizations. He was named Duke University's Scholar Teacher of the Year in 2004.

Kramer's research is focused on the economics of ecosystem services and on global environmental health. He is currently conducting a study on the effects of human land use decisions on biodiversity, infectious disease transmission and human health in rural Madagascar. Recent research projects have used decision analysis and implementation science to evaluate the health, social and environmental impacts of alternative malaria control strategies in East Africa. He has also conducted research on health systems strengthening, economic valuation of lives saved from air pollution reduction. and the role of ecosystems services in protecting human health.

In The News


Cole, JC, McDonald, JB, Wen, X, and Kramer, RA. "Marketing energy efficiency: perceived benefits and barriers to home energy efficiency (Accepted)." Energy Efficiency (January 15, 2018): 1-14.
Bartlett, JA, Cao, S, Mmbaga, B, Qian, X, Merson, M, and Kramer, R. "Partnership Conference." Annals of Global Health (October 27, 2017).
Simmons, RA, Mboera, L, Miranda, ML, Morris, A, Stresman, G, Turner, EL, Kramer, R, Drakeley, C, and O'Meara, WP. "A longitudinal cohort study of malaria exposure and changing serostatus in a malaria endemic area of rural Tanzania." Malaria journal 16, no. 1 (August 2, 2017): 309-.
Miteva, DA, Kramer, RA, Brown, ZS, and Smith, MD. "Spatial Patterns of Market Participation and Resource Extraction: Fuelwood Collection in Northern Uganda." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 99, no. 4 (July 2017): 1008-1026.
Pattanayak, SK, Kramer, RA, and Vincent, JR. "Ecosystem change and human health: implementation economics and policy." Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences 372, no. 1722 (June 2017).

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 557: Social Science Surveys for Environmental Management (ENVIRON 557: Social Science Surveys for Environmental Management)
ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar (ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)
ENVIRON 997: Duke Environmental Leadership: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 997: Duke Environmental Leadership: Independent Studies and Projects)

Research@Nicholas: Global Environmental Health

Contact Information

9 Circuit Drive, 4115 Environment Hall
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328


Ph.D., University of California at Davis (1980)
M.E., North Carolina State University (1976)
A.B., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1975)