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Brendan Haley

Adjunct Research Professor; PhD Graduate: Sustainable energy policy; Canadian political economy; Systems of Innovation; Energy efficiency


Brendan Haley is an adjunct research professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and a graduate of the School’s PhD in Public Policy program. Brendan is the Policy Director at Efficiency Canada, a Carleton University based research and advocacy organization focused on creating an energy efficient economy.

Previously, he was a SSHRC Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow at the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. At Carleton, Brendan’s research examined the role of traditional natural resource sectors in Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy. He drew insights from Canadian political economy, in the tradition of Harold Innis, and new literatures on technological innovation systems and sustainability transitions.

Brendan was previously the energy coordinator at Nova Scotia’s Ecology Action Centre. He played an important role in the development of the province’s energy efficiency framework, which led to the creation of Canada’s first energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Nova Scotia. Brendan taught a course in Energy Efficiency Policy in the School for Public Policy and Administration.

Brendan holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Dalhousie University and a Master’s in Environmental Studies from York University. He is a policy fellow with the Broadbent Institute and a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Selected Publications

2022 Kantamneni, Abhilash & Brendan Haley “Efficiency for All: A review of provincial/territorial low-income energy efficiency programs with lessons for federal policy” Efficiency Canada, Carleton University, March.

2021 Haley, Brendan & Ralph Torrie “Canada’s Climate Retrofit Mission: Why the climate emergency demands an innovation-oriented policy for building retrofits” Efficiency Canada: Carleton University, May.

2020 Lockhart, Kevin & Brendan Haley “Strengthening Canada’s Building Code Process to Achieve Net-Zero Emissions” Efficiency Canada: Carleton University, October.

2020 Haley, Brendan; James Gaede; Mark Winfield; Peter Love “From utility demand side management to low-carbon transitions: Opportunities and challenges for energy efficiency governance in a new eraEnergy Research & Social Science 59, January 1, 101312.

2019 Haley, Brendan; James Gaede; Cassia Correa “2019 Canadian Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard” Efficiency Canada: Carleton University, November.

2019 Leitch, Aletta; Brendan Haley & Sara Hastings-Simon “Can the oil and gas sector enable geothermal technologies? Socio-technical opportunities and complementarity failures in Alberta, CanadaEnergy Policy 125, 384-395.

2018 Haley, Brendan “Integrating Structural Tensions into Technological Innovation Systems Analysis: Application to the case of transmission interconnections and renewable electricity in Nova Scotia, Canada” Research Policy, 47: 6, July, 1147-1160

2018    Rosenbloom, Daniel, Brendan Haley, James Meadowcroft “Critical choices and the politics of decarbonization pathways: Exploring branching points surrounding low-carbon transitions in Canadian electricity systems” Energy Research & Social Science, 37, March: 22-36.

2017   Haley, Brendan “Designing the public sector to promote sustainability transitions: Institutional principles and a case study of ARPA-E” Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, available online Jan 22.

2016    Haley, Brendan “Getting the Institutions Right: Designing the Public Sector to Promote Clean Innovation” Canadian Public Policy, 42, S1, November.

2016    Haley, Brendan; Stewart Elgie, and Geoff McCarney “Accelerating Clean Innovation in Canada’s Energy and Natural Resource Sectors – The Role of Public Policy and Institutions” Report to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for Knowledge Synthesis Grant, May.

2016    Haley, Brendan. “A Green Entrepreneurial State as Solution to Climate Federalism” Broadbent Institute, March

2015    Haley, Brendan “Low-Carbon innovation from a hydroelectric base: The case of electric vehicles in Québec” Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 14, March: 5-25.

2014    Haley, Brendan “The Staple Theory and the Carbon Trap” in Stanford, Jim (ed), The Staple Theory @ 50: Reflections on the Lasting Significance of Mel Watkins “A Staple Theory of Economic Growth”, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

2013    Clarke, Tony; Diana Gibson, Brendan Haley and Jim Stanford. “The Bitumen Cliff: Lessons and Challenges of Bitumen Mega-Developments for Canada’s Economy in an Age of Climate Change” Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

2011    Haley, Brendan “From Staples Trap to Carbon Trap: Canada’s Peculiar Form of Carbon Lock-in” Studies in Political Economy 88, Autumn: 97-132.