Busby, Joshua W. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Environment


Media MentionApril 17, 2019
International security under changing climate conditions

LBJ School Professor Josh Busby discussed international security under changing climate conditions on a Council on Foreign Relations conference call.

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Media MentionApril 16, 2019
In Niger, rising temperatures mean barren fields — but fertile ground for terrorism

LBJ School Professor Josh Busby talked with PBS NewsHour about how climate change and its role in creating humanitarian emergencies and political instability in the African region between the Sahara Desert and the equator. Busby, who develops country risk assessment rankings for USAID And other international organizations, noted that "Climate changes can undermine economic development. And low economic development is a well-associated risk factor for conflict."

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December 17, 2018
The latest global climate negotiations just finished. Here’s what happened.

LBJ Professor Joshua Busby recaps the latest round of global climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland. It was the 24th meeting of the “conference of the parties” (COP) to the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change — and the most important meeting since COP 21, the 2015 Paris agreement. Busby reflects on what happened, the significance and what's next. 

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