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 Nonprofits)
  • Environmental and Energy Policy

David J. Eaton received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering and geography from Johns Hopkins University. He teaches courses on systems analysis, environmental and energy policy and nonprofit management at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He has lectured in 20 countries and conducted field research in 15 nations. Dr. Eaton has written about 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 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."

Dr. 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 from 1997 to 1999.

Courses Taught
Media Expertise
  • Energy Policy
  • Evaluation of Energy and Water Conservation Programs
  • Joint Management of Groundwater
  • Water Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Sustainable Development in International River Basins
  • Climate Change
  • Joint Management by Palestinians and Israelis of Shared Ground Water
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Health Care


FeatureAugust 12, 2022
Public policy courses this fall

The LBJ School is pleased to offer nearly 100 classes this fall to equip future public policy professionals with the skills they will need to lead and succeed. Alongside 18 dual degree options, 27 specializations and the vast resources of The University of Texas at Austin, students have endless opportunities to customize their degree.  

Here’s a snapshot of a few of our stand out courses: 


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NewsJune 30, 2021
Horowitz Foundation awards grants to 25 scholars for social policy research

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy has selected Maria-Elena Giner, Ph.D. candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, as one of 25 scholars to receive grants for research in the social sciences for the 2020 award year.

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NewsJune 9, 2020
LBJ faculty lauded for achievements during 2019–20 academic year

While this past academic year saw some remarkable changes in the academic process, the continued excellence of LBJ School faculty remained constant. Here is a collection of the recognition that LBJ faculty garnered in 2019–20.

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