I am an activist-academic, who in 1989 co-founded the NGO BODHI Australia, which still exists, struggling, with partners in India, to improve health and human rights.
In 2014 I became the first Australian contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to be arrested for climate disobedience.
I was sole editor of the first edition of "Climate Change and Global Health" (CABI, 2014) and am senior editor of the second edition (in preparation). I have published (or have in press) 176 articles and chapters (plus letters etc), and have given invited lectures in 25 countries. Almost all of my academic work, since 1991, concerns the risk to civilisation from the pursuit of economic "growth" as it simplistically measured.
I was also senior editor of "Health of People, Places and Planet. Reflections based on Tony McMichael’s four decades of contribution to epidemiological understanding" (ANU Press, 2015), the festschrift of the late Professor AJ (Tony) McMichael AO.
In 2018 I was appointed as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Doctors for the Environment, Australia, a group for which I was a founding board member, in 2001.
Honorary Professor, NCEPH, ANU
Director, Benevolent Organisation for Health, Development and Insight (BODHI)
Principal Research Fellow, College of Arts, Flinders University
Adjunct professor, Health Research Institute, University of Canberra
Professor, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra
Associate Professor, NCEPH, ANU
Senior Research Fellow in Global Health, Deakin University
General Practitioner, Tasmania
Australian National University, PhD (epidemiology and population health)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, MSc (epidemiology)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Diploma (epidemiology)
Royal College Physicians, London, DTM&H
University of Newcastle, NSW, BMed
University of Newcastle, NSW, BMedSci (Hons)
Limits to growth, planetary boundaries and planetary health, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Sounding the alarm: Health in the Anthropocene Vol 13, 665 , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Health of People, Places and Planet: Reflections based on AJ (Tony) McMichael’s four decades of contribution to epidemiological understanding, ANU Press
Climate Change and Public Health, CABI
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
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.
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.
Human carrying capacity and human health, PLoS Med http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.0010055
Inequality, global change and the sustainability of civilisation, Global Change and Human Health
Overpopulation, overconsumption and economics, The Lancet
Grants and Contracts
Health and sustainability: Australia in a global context
Australian Research Council
Medical Association for the Prevention of War
Doctors for the Environment, Australia
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) Tony McMichael public health ecology and environment award (2018)