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Leslie Duram

Leslie Duram, Professor, Fulbright Scholar, Director of the Environmental Studies Program

Geography and Environmental Resources

Dr. Duram's research interests are environmental geography (local- to global-scale environmental issues), environmental public participation, climate change education, plant-based diets, and campus sustainability.

Dr. Duram was awarded the 2023 SIU Teaching Excellence Award (university-level, tenured faculty), Saluki Pride.

Dr. Duram was Special Issue Editor of the journal Sustainability: "Local- to Global-Scale Environmental Issues."

In the News

"11,000 Scientists Issue Warning" (NBC News)
"Campus Gardens take Root" (Washington Post)
Plant-based Climate Summit (YouTube)
SIU research team wins $1.33M NSF Grant


Ph.D., University of Colorado.

Selection of Courses Taught

  • GEOG 439: Global Climate Change
  • GEOG 470: Contemporary Issues in Environmental Studies
  • GEOG 480: Internship in Geography
  • GEOG 500: Principles of Research
  • GEOG 426: U.S. Environmental Policy
  • GEOG 429/529; ERP 594: Organic Farming and Local Food

Selected Publications


Duram, L.A. 2024.  Endangered Places: Disappearing Sites around the World. Bloomsbury: London. 288 pages.

Duram, L.A. 2021. Environmental Geography: People and the Environment. University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln, NE. 344 pages. Paperback.

Duram, L.A. 2018. Environmental Geography: People and the Environment. Book Series: Understanding Our World. ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA. 344 pages. Hardbound.

Duram, L.A., Contributing Editor, and K. Kennedy-White. 2013. America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States. ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA. 3 Volumes, 1297 pages.

Duram, L.A., Editor, 2011. Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable and Local Food. Bison Books (University of Nebraska Press). 462 pages. Paperback. 

Duram, L.A., Editor, 2010. Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable and Local Food. Greenwood Press (Praeger), 462 pages. Hardbound.

Duram, L.A. 2005. Good Growing: Why Organic Farming Works. University of Nebraska Press, 250 pages.

Journal Articles:

Null, C., K. Hurst, and L.A. Duram. 2024. Beyond the classroom: Influence of a sustainability intervention on university students’ environmental knowledge and behaviors. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Deku, Pearl and L.A. Duram. 2022. The Perceived Role of Communities and Government Officials in Solid Waste Management. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. 13 (1): 1-18.

Duram, L.A. 2021. Teaching a Social Science Course on Climate Change: Suggestions for Active-Learning. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society102(8): E1494–E1498.

Taylor, J. T. and Duram, L.A. 2021. Linking Personal Experience to Global Concern: How Zoo Visits Affect Sustainability Behavior and Views of Climate Change. Sustainability. 13(13), 7117;

Gibson, D. and Duram, L.A. 2020. Shifting Discourse on Climate and Sustainability: Key Characteristics of the Higher Education Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement. Sustainability. 12(23) 10069.

Chitiyo, P. and Duram, L.A. 2019. Role of NGOs in addressing agricultural challenges through certified organic agriculture in developing regions: A Zimbabwe Case Study. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa. 21(3): 138-157.

Chitiyo, P. and Duram, L.A. 2017. Alternative Agriculture Characteristics in Zimbabwe: Experts Views. Journal of Geography and Earth Sciences. 5(1):41-49.

Marshall, A.C. and Duram, L.A. 2017.  Factors Influencing Local Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Tisza River Basin Management: The Role of Employment Sector and Education. Environmental Science & Policy. 77(2017): 69-76.

Sanabria, Julia and Duram, L.A. 2017. Climate Change and Health: Risk Awareness can Improve Patient Care. Illinois Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. Illinois Pediatrician. 35(2): 6-7.

Bonney, M. and Duram, L.A. 2016. Applying AASHE STARS to Examine Geography’s “Sense of Place” in Sustainability Education. Journal of Sustainability Education. 11. ISSN-2151-7452.

Marshall, A.C., Paul, J.S., Brooks, M.L., and Duram, L.A. 2016. Anglers’ Perceptions and Fish Consumption Risks in the Lower Tisza River Basin. Exposure and Health. 1-15.

Duram, L.A., and S. Klein. 2015. University Food Gardens: A Unifying Place for Higher Education Sustainability. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development. 9(3/4): 282-302.

Duram, L.A. and L. Williams. 2015. Growing a Student Organic Garden within the Context of University Sustainability Initiatives. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 16(1): 3-15.

Solís, P., Adams, J., Duram, L.A., Hume, S., Kuslikis, A., Lawson, V., Miyares, I., Padgett, D., Ramírez, A. 2014. Diverse Experiences in Diversity at the Geography Department Scale. Professional Geographer. 65: 205-220,

Duram, L.A. and A. Mead. 2013. Exploring Linkages between Domestic Fair Trade and Consumer Food Co-operatives in the United States. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 29(2): 151-160.

Duram, L. A. and M. Cawley. 2012. Irish Chefs and Restaurants in the Geography of “Local” Food Value Chains. The Open Geography Journal. 5: 16-25.


Association of American Geographers, Rural Geography Specialty Group. Donald Q. Innis Award for Excellence in Food and Agricultural Research. 2017.

2015 SIU University Women’s Professional Advancement (UWPA) Mentorship Award.

Delegate from Ireland to the Fulbright Commission, European Meeting. 56th Annual Berlin Seminar for Fulbright Scholars. Berlin, Germany, March 21-25, 2010.

Best Paper Award: Balanced Development Theme. Irish Social Science Platform. Paper title: “Linking Research and Policy: Assessing a Framework for Organic Agricultural Support in Ireland.” 1-2 December, 2009.

John Fraser Hart Award for Research Excellence. Association of American Geographers. Rural Geography Specialty Group, 2008.


Li, R., H. Henson, L.A. Duram, J. Schoof, and W. Williams. 2022. “Converging Earth Science and Sustainability Education and Experience to Prepare Next-Generation Geoscientists.” National Science Foundation, Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM), NSF-22-527. ($1,333,365).

Renzaglia, K., L.A. Duram, D. Gibson, J. Green, and M. Lydy. 2018. “Master Teaching Fellowships in Environmental Sustainability.” National Science Foundation, Robert Noyce Teacher Training Program. NSF-17-541 ($2,196,757).

Duram, L.A. 2016. “Universities Build Environments and Neighbors: UBEAN.” US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, 2015 Local Food Promotion Program. USDA-AMS-LFPP-2015 Grant. ($130,899).

Duram, L.A. 2015. “Outreach and Education Coordinator for LOGIC and the Center for Sustainable Farming.” SIU Green Fund. Sustainability Award. ($18,992).

Williams, L and L.A. Duram. 2012-15. “Growing LOGIC: Creating Long-Term, Sustainable Organic and Permaculture Gardens for the SIU Community.” SIU Green Fund. Sustainability Award. ($88,054).

Duram, L.A. 2009-10. “Geography and Organic Farming in Ireland.” Research portion of Fulbright Scholar Grant. Council for International Exchange of Scholars. US State Department. Based at National University Ireland at Galway. (€40,000).

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Dr. Duram moderating a session at the USDA Organic Farming Systems Research Conference in Washington DC

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Dr. Duram with graduate

Dr. Duram with graduating PhD Advisee

Leslie with Master's Student Graduates

Dr. Duram with Master's Student Graduates

Dr. Duram FFL

Dr. Duram is a Plant-Based/Vegan educator

Dr. Duram's Environmental Geography  Dr. Duram's Good Growing

American Goes Green cover  Dr. Duram Encyclopedia  

Duram Encyclopedia paperback
  Duram - Environmental Geography

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