International Studies

Dr. Hélène Ducros



910 962-7735


Leutze Hall 219


International Studies

601 South College Road

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC 28403-5629


  • Ph.D in Geography, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law
  • B.A. in Government and Politics, University of Maryland at College Park
  • B.A. in Economics, University of Maryland at College Park
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching Languages-Across-the-Curriculum (LAC)

Dr. Ducros studies lived space, place-making, and landscape change and perception. Her research has inquired into rural transformations and rural-urban dynamics through an understanding of heritage preservation within cultural and economic policy. Her exploration into the role of material culture, identity and representation in local development strategies has led her to examine issues of memory, mobilities, tourism, the geographies of food, and the local-global nexus. Her geographical areas of expertise are France, Europe, Francophone Africa and the African Indian Ocean Rim. She is Chair of the Research Editorial Committee at EuropeNow, Council for European Studies at Columbia University.



  • Ducros, H. (2017). Un label patrimonial en France rurale pour des valeurs environnementales (Heritage-branding and environmental values in rural France), Norois : Environnement, Aménagement, Société, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2017/2 n° 243. (in press for November)
  • Ducros, H. (2017). Confronting sustainable development in two rural heritage valorization models. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25(3): 327-343. 
  • Ducros, H. (2016). Action locale, portée mondiale : Le label en réseau (Local action, global reach: Brand as network), JurisArt, 41: 31-32.
  • Ducros, H. (2014). Localized Responses to Unsustainable Growth. Global Environmental Politics, 14(2): 122-8.

Book chapters

  • Ducros, H. (2018). Constructing Sense of Place through Place-Labelization in Rural France, in J. Smith (ed.) Explorations in Place Attachment, London: Routledge. (in press for January)
  • Ducros, H. (2017). Wayfinding design for rural flânerie in France, in M. Hall, Y. Ram and N. Shoval (eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Walking, London: Routledge, 340-349.
  • Ducros, H. (2014). Protect, Promote, Develop: Rural Tourism and Village Patrimonialization, in K. Dashper (ed.), Rural Tourism: An International Perspective, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 59-78.

Courses Taught

  • INT 105: Introduction to International Studies
  • INT 300: Interdisciplinarity and International Studies