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. He is on leave in 2021–22 serving as a Senior Advisor for Climate at the U.S. Department of Defense.

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).

Dr. Busby 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. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received his Ph.D. in political science in 2004 from Georgetown University.

Courses Taught
Media Expertise
  • Energy Policy
  • Global Civil Society
  • Global Public Health
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Environment

Newsworthy

NewsMarch 31, 2022
The U.S. can get close to deep decarbonization by 2050, study finds

The United States will get only partially toward deep reductions in greenhouse gases with the policy tools currently available even in the scenario most favorable politically to decarbonization. That's the finding from a recent study published in Energy Policy by a team of interdisciplinary researchers from The University of Texas at Austin that looked at the political feasibility of deep decarbonization in the United States. The results suggest that new policies and tools will be needed to reduce greenhouse gases from sectors like heavy industry.

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NewsSeptember 24, 2021
Strauss and Clements announce the launch of the Asia Policy Program

The Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security are pleased to announce the launch of a new joint program at The University of Texas at Austin: the Asia Policy Program.

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NewsJuly 8, 2021
LBJ School professor to serve as climate advisor for Biden administration

Josh Busby, an associate professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, has joined the Biden administration as a senior advisor for climate in the U.S. Department of Defense. He will spend a year working on climate change and national security at the Pentagon, where he will be involved in the Biden administration's prioritization of climate change including the National Defense Strategy.

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