In many ways, "public policy" world is as varied as the people who practice it. There is no one path to it; thinkers and doers pursue their passion for service for so many different reasons. The LBJ School was founded to improve the quality of public service in the United States and abroad at all levels of governance and civic engagement. We practice this through interdisciplinary scholarship, hands-on experience and a customizable educational experience that allows students to develop unique skills and expertise.
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Environmental Governance
- Governing/Managing Public and Civic Affairs
- Environmental and Energy Policy
- Management and Leadership (including Nonprofits)
- Research and Empirical Methods
Dr. Patrick Bixler is an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs with a joint appointment in the Community and Regional Planning program in the School of Architecture. His interdisciplinary appointment contributes to the work of Planet Texas 2050 and he serves as a core faculty member of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. His current research focuses on climate and environmental governance, urban sustainability and resilience, hazard preparedness and response, and network science. He is particularly interested in how public, private and nonprofit institutions collaborate to solve complex social and environmental problems and promote social innovation. Through his research and teaching he emphasizes the importance and impact of civic and community engagement.
Bixler co-leads a Planet Texas 2050 Flagship Project and leads the Austin Area Sustainability Indicators project, which won the 2020 Community Impact Award from the Community Indicator Consortium. His research has recently been published in Cities, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Science and Policy, Sustainability and Nonprofit Policy Forum.
- Boundary crossing for urban community resilience: A social vulnerability and multi-hazard approach in Austin, Texas, USA
- A Process-Oriented Model of Decision-Making toward Landscape-Scale Prescribed Fire Implementation in the Southern Great Plains, USA
- Unpacking Adaptive Capacity to Flooding in Urban Environments: Social Capital, Social Vulnerability, and Risk Perception
- Fertile soil for organic public sociology: Community-based natural resource management
- Pathways to urban sustainability through individual behaviors: The role of social capital
- Spring 2022 - 59324 - PA 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
- Spring 2022 - 59385 - PA 388L - Advanced Topics in Management
- Fall 2021 - 61067 - PA 388L - Advanced Topics in Management
- Fall 2021 - 61215 - PA 397C - Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
- Spring 2021 - 60755 - PA 388L - Advanced Topics in Management
- Fall 2020 - 59235 - PA 397C - Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
- Spring 2020 - 58525 - PA 388L - Advanced Topics in Management
- Fall 2019 - 59534 - PA 397C - Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
- Spring 2019 - 60234 - PA 388L – Advanced Topics in Management
- Spring 2018 - 60877 - PA 388L – Advanced Topics in Management