Featured Researcher: R. Patrick Bixler, Ph.D.

R. Patrick Bixler, Ph.D.

R. Patrick Bixler, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Email: rpbixler@utexas.edu

Curriculum Vitae (Adobe PDF)

R. Patrick Bixler, PhD, is a research fellow with the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Bixler's work focuses on collaborative governance, community engagement, and the ways that cross-sector networks influence policy and on-the-ground outcomes. He is particularly interested in the role of social capital – the value of the resources embedded in networks – in achieving collective impact. He applies this perspective to a range of critical public policy and nonprofit challenges and was recently selected to discuss the application of social capital as a measure of nonprofit sector health at the 2017 Symposium on Public Policy for Nonprofits organized by ARNOVA and the Independent Sector. He has an interest in environmental policy and governance and recently published a book, Forest Conservation in the Anthropocene, that examines the impacts of climate change on America's forests and policy responses to facilitate adaptation. His published work appears in numerous social science and environmental science journals on topics of land and water management, biodiversity conservation, climate adaptation, residential development, and urban resilience. He also co-leads the Austin Area Sustainability Indicators (A2SI), a community data and impact project, and through this project has pursued new avenues of research around the role of data in philanthropic decision-making and nonprofit collaboration in Central Texas. Through A2SI, he is currently engaged in a number of regional policy and problem-solving discussions with Austin-based philanthropic organizations, City of Austin public officials, and local non-profits to design, measure, and track collective impact initiatives to solve some of the region’s most pressing challenges.

Austin Area Sustainability Indicators

By placing community indicators research in the hands of system and philanthropic leaders, the Austin Area Sustainability Indicators seeks to promote sustainability through data-based policy solutions. The indicator project, co-led by Dr. Patrick Bixler, uniquely tracks and analyzes 36 indicators connecting 128 measures of individual response data of six counties in the greater Austin region with available public and private sources. To explore this project, visit the Austin Area Sustainability Indicators website.