David Eaton


Bess Harris Jones Centennial Professor in Natural Resource Policy Studies

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


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.

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

Contact Information

Office Number:
SRH 3.342 (3rd floor)

LBJ School of Public Affairs
2315 Red River Street
Austin, Texas 78712-1536