I am concerned about the risk to civilisation from its current trajectory, especially of Limits to Growth, manifest as rising energy costs, climate change and worsened by the global disparity between rich and poor.
In 1989 I co-founded an NGO called BODHI, which is one of the oldest Buddhist influenced development organisations based in the West. BODHI has supported education and health projects in seven Asian nations, particularly in India.
My PhD was called "Inequality and Sustainability". It argues that global inequality generates “environmental brinkmanship”, ultimately risking the health of rich and poor.
Highlights of my academic career to date include work with the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the World Medical Association and the Special Programme for Tropical Diseases Research. I am also a contributing author to the IPCC, on the topic of climate change and nutrition. I am a co-editor of EcoHealth, journal of the International Association of Ecology and Health. Currently, I have published about 120 articles and chapters, and given invited lectures in 13 countries.
I am trying to finish the editing of a book called "Climate Change and Global Health" (CABI, 2014).
Adjunct Professor, NCEPH, ANU
Professor, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra
Director, Benevolent Organisation for Health, Development and Insight (BODHI)
ARC Future Fellow, NCEPH, ANU then Faculty of Health, University of Canberra
Associate Professor, NCEPH, ANU
General Practitioner (mostly part time), Tasmania
Senior Research Fellow in Global Health, Deakin University
Australian National University, PhD (epidemiology and population health)
Univ. of London, UK, MSc (epidemiology)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, Dip LSH&TM
Royal College Physicians, London, DTM&H
University of Newcastle, NSW, BMed
University of Newcastle, NSW, BMedSci (Hons)
Kovats S, Butler CD. Global health and the global environment: linking research and policy, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4: 44-50.
Infectious disease emergence and global change: systemic thinking in a shrinking world, Infectious Diseases of Poverty 1:5 http://www.idpjournal.com/content/1/1/5
AJ McMichael +CDB: Promoting global population health while constraining the environmental f/print, Annual Review of Public Health. 32: 179-197
Butler C.D. The climate crisis, global health, and the medical response, World Medical Journal. 56(2):56-8
Butler C.D. North and South, The., Int'l Encyclopaedia Social Sciences (Ed: A. Hedblad) New York: MacMillan Ref USA, Vol 5:542-4
McMichael A.J., Butler C.D. and Folke C. New visions for addressing sustainability, State of the Planet 2006-07 (Eds: D. Kennedy et al) Island Press, Washington DC, pp 161-6.
Butler C.D. and McMichael A.J. (2006): Environmental health, Social Injustice and Public Health (Eds: BS Levy, VW Sidel, Oxford: Oxf Univ Press, pp 318-36.
Human carrying capacity and human health, PLoS Med http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.0010055
Butler C.D. Overpopulation, overconsumption and economics, The Lancet 343: 582-4
Grants and Contracts
Health and sustainability: Australia in a global context
Australian Research Council
Public Health And Health Services (1117)
Other Environmental Sciences (0599)
International Relations (160607)
One of "100 doctors for the planet" French Environmental Health Association (2009)