Climate change, public health scholar to address Alabama World Affairs Council

Dr. Busby, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, is known for his research and expertise in climate change and public health.

Dr. Busby, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, is known for his research and expertise in climate change and public health.

Dr. Joshua W. Busby, associate professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss climate change and health in Africa and Asia during a presentation to the Alabama World Affairs Council on Nov. 15.

The event, which will take place in the Gold Room in Whitley Hall, will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by Dr. Busby’s presentation “Global Emergencies: Climate Change and Health in Africa and Asia.” The presentation is free to members of the Alabama World Affairs Council and $20 for guests. To register for the event, visit

“In today’s global environment, what affects one area of the world can quickly have a major impact on all of us,” said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan, president of the Alabama World Affairs Council. “We are pleased to have Dr. Busby share his expertise on these important issues facing Africa and Asia and the implications they have for the United States and other countries around the world.”

Dr. Busby is a distinguished scholar at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas, a non-resident fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a senior research fellow at the Center for Climate and Security. He has published widely on climate change, global health, transnational advocacy movements and U.S. foreign policy for various think tanks and academic journals, including International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, and Perspectives on Politics.

Dr. Busby has published two books – “Moral Movements and Foreign Policy” (2010, Cambridge University Press) and “AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations,” with co-author Ethan Kapstein (2013, Cambridge University Press). The second offering won the 2014 Don K. Price Award, the American Political Science Association’s award for the best book on science, technology and environmental politics.

Dr. Busby was one of the lead researchers on a five-year, $7.6 million project funded by the Department of Defense called “Climate Change and African Political Stability.” He also is the principal investigator of another Department of Defense project, “Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia.”

A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Busby received his Ph.D. in political science in 2004 from Georgetown University.

The Alabama World Affairs Council sponsors lectures and programs on current and recent events of national and international interest throughout the year with the aim to increase individuals’ knowledge of world affairs and how they impact the United States. The Council also serves as a platform to showcase some of the world-class faculty at Maxwell Air Force Base’s Air University. The Council has partnered with Troy University, Alabama’s International University, bringing all Council events to the University’s Montgomery Campus.