Busby, Joshua W. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • Ph.D., Georgetown University
  • M.A., Georgetown University
Research Areas
  • Social Movements
  • Climate Change
  • Global Health
Teaching Areas
  • Policy Process and Institutions
  • Environmental and Energy Policy
  • Social Policy
  • Development Policy

Joshua Busby is a distinguished scholar at the Strauss Center, nonresident fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a senior research fellow at the Center for Climate & Security. Dr. Busby has published widely on climate change, global health, transnational advocacy movements and U.S. foreign policy for various think tanks and academic journals, including International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies and Perspectives on Politics. His first book, “Moral Movements and Foreign Policy,” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. His second book, “AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations,” with co-author Ethan Kapstein, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 and won the 2014 Don K. Price Award (the American Political Science Association’s award for the best book on science, technology and environmental politics). He was one of the lead researchers on a five-year, $7.6 million project funded by the Department of Defense called “Climate Change and African Political Stability” (CCAPS). He is the principal investigator of another DOD-funded project, “Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia” (CEPSA) — a three-year, $1.9 million grant. Dr. Busby is a life member in the Council on Foreign Relations. He received his Ph.D. in political science in 2004 from Georgetown University.

Current Courses
Media Expertise
  • Energy Policy
  • Global civil society
  • Global Public Health
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Environment

Newsworthy

Media MentionSeptember 3, 2019
Brazil is slowly killing its magnificent rainforest. [Opinion]

The resistance by the president of Brazil to international help to put the fires now burning by the thousands in the Amazon rain forest has struck many as odd. But even a quick look at the politics of Brazil and its region helps make this entrenchment easier to understand.

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Media MentionAugust 20, 2019
Electricity as Coercion: Is There a Risk of Strategic Denial of Service?

"Increasing interconnection of electricity systems both within and between countries has much promise to help support clean energy power systems of the future," argue Amy Myers Jaffe, LBJ Professor Joshua Busby, Sarang Shidore, a visiting scholar at the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin, and Morgan Bazilian, director of the Payne Institute and a professor of public policy at the Colorado School of Mines in this blog post for the Council on Foreign Relations. 

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Media MentionJuly 28, 2019
The United States’ Gas Flare-Up

LBJ Professor Joshua Busby and Morgan Bazilian, director of the Payne Institute and a professor of public policy at the Colorado School of Mines, outline why an environmental and economic problem that was on the decline is back with a vengeance.

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