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. 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. 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."

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 1997–99.

Courses Taught
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 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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NewsJune 6, 2019
LBJ School students honored for research on post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal

A group of 12 students from the LBJ School and the Institute for Innovation, Creativity and Capital at UT investigated the challenges involved in reconstructing homes in rural areas damaged by the earthquake. Students produced a report, "Post-Earthquake Home Reconstruction in the Surrounding Hills of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal," in which they identified areas where the government could improve its assistance processes and recommended building technologies for earthquake reconstruction.

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NewsMay 30, 2019
Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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