David J. Eaton, Ph.D. is the Bess Harris Jones Centennial Professor in Natural Resource Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He 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.