Bixler, R. Patrick | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Research Areas
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Governing/Managing Public and Civic Affairs
Teaching Areas
  • Finance
  • Management and Leadership (including non-profits)
  • Social Policy

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.

Dr. 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.


NewsJuly 22, 2020
RGK-based Austin Area Sustainability Indicators wins community impact award

The Austin Area Sustainability Indicators (A2SI), an initiative led by LBJ Professor Patrick Bixler at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, was recently selected for the 2020 Community Project Impact Award from the Community Indicators Consortium (CIC).

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NewsMay 18, 2020
RGK's CONNECT program gives graduates valuable consulting experience

As the spring semester comes to a close, 29 CONNECT graduate fellows from across campus wrap up their data and evaluation projects and prepare to present their work. The CONNECT program, developed and spearheaded by LBJ Professor Patrick Bixler, identifies nonprofit and public-serving organizations in the Austin area that have scoped a data project and matches them with graduate students seeking applied evaluation or measurement-related experience.

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Media MentionFebruary 12, 2020
UT professor maps climate vulnerability in Austin

The Austin Monitor took a closer look at a study by LBJ Professor Patrick Bixler that assesses how climate change affects people in Austin based on their social vulnerability. Bixler presented the study's findings at a Feb. 5 meeting of the Environmental Commission




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