Fields of Study: International Relations, Public Policy and Public Administration, and Environmental Politics and Policy
About: Brendan Davidson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science. He obtained his B.A. in Geography and Philosophy from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado, Denver. Brendan’s research interests include public-private sector governance, worker driven social responsibility, participatory mapping, precarious labor, supply chain transparency related to global extractives industry for minerals, and Latin America. His current aim seeks to uncover implications for labor and workers from the coming energy transition and posit policy measures that can help facilitate a green energy transition while improving work conditions of laborers key to this transition. Prior to returning to school, Brendan worked in the public sector for seven years with several organizations, including:
• the National Park Service assisting with air quality assessments of National Parks
• Office for Victims Programs providing communications expertise, policy and research support to the legislatively established Colorado Human Trafficking Council
• the National Renewable Energy Laboratory managing public affairs and external outreach efforts for the organization’s wind energy program and shepherding large-scale public education projects for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
In his spare time, Brendan enjoys running, fly-fishing, backpacking, illustration, design, and learning Spanish.