Wilson, Robert H. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
Research Areas
  • Urban Policy
  • Metropolitan Governance
  • Comparative Public Policy
Teaching Areas
  • Research and Empirical Methods
  • Economics
  • Social Policy
  • Development Policy

Robert H. Wilson was a visiting professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil) prior to joining the LBJ School in 1979. He has held a number of visiting positions including the Visiting International Philips Professorship at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (São Paulo, Brazil), the Fulbright/FLAD Chair in Knowledge Management Policies at the Advanced Technical Institute (Lisbon, Portugal) and Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, DC). Wilson has held various administrative positions at The University of Texas at Austin including interim dean, associate dean for academic affairs and research, and director of the Policy Research Institute at the LBJ School; director of the Brazil Center at the Institute of Latin American Studies; and director of the Urban Issues Program. He has collaborated on projects with the United Nations Development Program, U.N.-Habitat, the Organization of American States, the Urban Institute, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Congressional Research Service, the Fulbright Commission, the Ford Foundation, the National Association of Counties, the Texas Legislative Education Board, the Texas Industrial Areas Foundation, PeopleFund, the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service and the Banco de Desenvolvimento do Nordeste and SUDENE (Brazil). He was inducted into the National Order of the Southern Cross with the rank of commander by the president of Brazil.

Media Expertise
  • Urban Policy
  • Public Policy in Brazil
  • Community Development
  • Urban and Regional Policy


NewsJuly 23, 2018
LBJ School co-hosts APPAM 2018 International Conference in Mexico City

"Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development" was the theme of the 2018 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) International Conference in Mexico City, Mexico. The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Instituto Tecnólogico Autónomo de Méxic (ITAM) jointly organized the conference, which was held July 19–20, 2018.

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NewsMarch 31, 2015
PRI Awards 2015–16

The resources available through the Urban Program and International Program of the Policy Research Institute (PRI) are an important asset to the LBJ School. The Urban Program provides funding for research projects on public policy issues of metropolitan areas, regionalism and inter-governmental relations in the U.S. and abroad. The International Program provides funding for research that will enhance understanding of issues in the international arena. These competitive awards are designed to support research by tenured and tenure track faculty and are expected to enhance the LBJ School’s visibility in academic and policy communities.

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NewsNovember 9, 2012
Between Covers: An annual celebration of LBJ School research, Nov. 13

On Nov. 13, 2012, the LBJ School will present "Between Covers: An Annual Celebration of LBJ School Research," honoring faculty and students who have published and edited books, articles and policy research reports over the past year. The event will take place in the LBJ School first floor lobby from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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