Wilson holds a Public Policy Scholar appointment at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (January-July, 2011). He is the Associate Dean for Research and Mike Hogg Professor of Urban Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. He has served as director of the UT-Austin Brazil Center and the Urban Issues Program and the PhD in Public Policy Program. Among his publications are Metropolitan Governance in the Federalist Americas: Case Studies and Strategies for Equitable and Integrated Development (co-editor), University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming; Urban Segregation and Governance in the Americas (co-editor), Palgrave Macmillan; Governance in the Americas: Decentralization, Democracy and Subnational Government in Brazil, Mexico and the United States (co-author), University of Notre Dame Press; Public Policy and Community: Activism and Governance in Texas (editor), University of Texas Press; States and the Economy: Policymaking and Decentralization, Praeger; The Political Economy of Brazil: Public Policies in an Era of Transition (coauthor), University of Texas Press; and over 60 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports. He served as a Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil); held the Visiting International Philips Professorship at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, São Paulo; held the Fulbright/FLAD (Luso American Development Foundation) Chair in Knowledge Management Policies at the Advanced Technical Institute, Lisbon; and was inducted into the Brazilian National Order of the Southern Cross, rank of Commander, by order of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. He served a member of Policy Council, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.He holds a PhD in urban and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
1. Complete the manuscript Metropolitan Governance in the Federalist Americas: Case Studies and Strategies for Equitable and Integrated Development, co-edited with Peter Spink and Peter Ward (under contract with the University of Notre Dame Press).
2. Prepare a manuscript on LBJ's Neglected Legacy: How Lyndon Johnson Reshaped Domestic Policy and Government, Norman J. Glickman, Laurence E. Lynn and Robert H. Wilson, eds. (under contract with the University of Texas Press)
3. Initiate a new project Metropolitan Governance: A Cross-Country Study. Although metropolitan economies are becoming the key spatial location for wealth generation, few nations have developed governance structures to effectively manage metropolitan areas' growth, poverty, infrastructure, and public services challenges. This project will define the range of metropolitan governance structures used around the world and assess their ability to manage and support these economies.