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LBJ School Faculty Members Lead Summer Policy Programs at Universities Abroad

August, 17, 2009 --  LBJ School faculty members, professors David Eaton, Eugene Gholz, Robert Wilson and senior lecturer Gary Chapman, are leading summer educational programs on policy issues ranging from climate change to new governance systems to digital transformation at universities abroad.

On Monday, August 16, 2009, LBJ School Professor Eugene Gholz will speak at a colloquium on Climate Change organized by the Center for Sustainable Development of the National University of Brasilia and the Brazilian Association of Federal Judges.

This event is the result of a growing environmental law and policy collaboration between the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. The Brazilian climate change colloquium is the result of a course, Climate Change Law and Policy, that Gholz taught along with Antonio H. Benjamin, a visiting professor at the UT School of Law, in the Spring of 2008.

Currently in progress is the “Development Within a Low Carbon World: Preparing Professionals for Post-Kyoto Climate Change Negotiations and Sustainable Growth Policies,”  international workshop led by LBJ School Professor David Eaton  at the Hiroshima International Center in Higashi Hiroshima. The course, taking place August 5 through August 21, 2009, is designed and organized by the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution in the UT Austin School of Law; in collaboration with Hiroshima University’s Graduate School of International Cooperation and Development (IDEC) and its Center of Excellence (COE) for Social Capacity and International Cooperation (HICEC), along with the Global Change System Analysis, Research and Training (START) in Washington, D.C. The course will focus on climate change negotiation towards a low carbon society.

In addition, two other LBJ School Professors also taught summer courses abroad.

LBJ School Professor Robert H. Wilson, Associate Dean for the LBJ School, taught “Governance and Metropolitan Regions in the Americas," from July 13 to 24, 2009, at the Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil. The course focused on four issues that are integral to the construction of new governance systems that are equipped to meet the challenges of collective life in the large and complex metropolitan areas.

“First is the ability of government to provide adequate public services in an efficient manner,” said Wilson. “Second is a concern with the institutional complexity of planning for and providing those services in metropolitan areas where multiple governments coexist. Third is the capacity of political systems to incorporate citizen preferences and participation in metropolitan government.  Finally, given the high levels of socioeconomic and tax-base disparities in the metropolis, is the overriding concern with the extent to which emerging practices of governance address issues of social equity.”

Gary Chapman, LBJ School senior lecturer, co-directed the First International School on Digital Transformation in Porto, Portugal from July 19 through July 24, 2009. Along with University of Texas at Austin College of Communication Professor Sharon Strover, and Karen Gustafson, a staff member for the University of Texas at Austin-Portugal Colaboratory, or CoLab, Chapman led the intensive six-day residential program that aimed to bring together emerging and established scholars and professionals from around the world.

The School is part of University of Texas at Austin-Portugal CoLab, a five-year-long collaboration emphasizing education and research in digital media, advanced computing, mathematics and commercialization of science and technology.