Eaton, David J. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Geography, The Johns Hopkins University, 1977
  • M. of Public Works, The University of Pittsburgh, 1972
  • M.Sc. in Environmental Health, The University of Pittsburgh, 1972
  • A.B. in Biology, Oberlin College, 1971
Research Areas
  • Environmental Management with a focus on river basin quality
  • Insurance Policy
  • Large-scale public works programs
Teaching Areas
  • Finance, Management and Leadership (including non-profits)
  • Environmental and Energy Policy

David J. Eaton received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering and geography from Johns Hopkins University. Eaton teaches courses on systems analysis, environmental and energy policy and nonprofit management in the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He has lectured in 20 countries and conducted field research in 15 nations. Eaton has written on rural water supply, international water resource conflicts, energy management, environmental problems of industries, management of emergency medical services, applications of mathematical programming to resource problems, insurance and agriculture. His research focuses on sustainable development in international river basins, evaluation of energy and water conservation programs and prevention of pollution. Among his recent publications are the “NAFTA Handbook for Water Resource Managers and Engineers,” “Emergency Medical Services in Travis County, Texas” and “The Impacts of Trade Agreements on State Provincial Laws.” Eaton's current research concerns U.S.-Mexico environmental cooperation, new methods for evaluation of air pollution emissions, joint management by Palestinians and Israelis of shared groundwater and water conservation in Texas. The Texas Department of Insurance used research on tort reform directed by Eaton as evidence to justify rebates of more than $1.3 billion for liability insurance in Texas in 1997-1999.

Current Courses
Media Expertise
  • Energy Policy
  • Evaluation of energy and water conservation programs
  • Joint Management of groundwater
  • Water conservation in Texas
  • Water Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Sustainable development in international river basins
  • U.S. - Mexico environmental cooperation
  • Climate change
  • Joint management by Palestinians and Israelis of shared ground water
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Healthcare


NewsJune 23, 2017
LBJ Professors Receive "Insight to Innovation" Grant Awards

LBJ Professors Joshua Busby and David Eaton have each earned grant awards from The University of Texas at Austin's IC2 Institute to support their ongoing global research.

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NewsMarch 24, 2017
New study finds Texas has highest commercial title insurance rates among ten states

Texas has the highest title rates on lenders’ title policies for commercial property purchases compared to nine other states, according to a new study released by the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Media MentionFebruary 23, 2017
Peacock: Heavy title insurance regulation means consumers pay more

Bill Peacock writes an opinion piece on title insurance regulation in Texas, referencing research from the LBJ School's David Eaton. 

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