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Benjamin O'Bright

PhD Candidate


School has become more personal, engaging and part of who I am

I graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Masters of Science degree in Politics and Government of the European Union. I've spent the better part of a decade working in human rights and youth engagement across North and South America with a variety of organizations. More recently, I have been working as a Researcher with the Ottawa-based North South Institute, specializing in natural resource governance, corporate social responsibility, climate change, and energy, and as a Project Officer with the Eden Stanley Group, a social innovation and strategic communications firm in the United Kingdom. At Dalhousie, under the supervision of Professor David Black, I am studying the impact of advances in science and technology, particularly digital media and communication, on political human security. 

Current Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information: benobright@dal.ca

Why I chose Dal Political Science:

Dalhousie offered me the opportunity to get to know, at a personal level, my fellow graduate students and faculty members. Unlike other large universities, I have had consistent opportunities to become involved in on-going research projects, student organizations, and events. My professors are always accessible, and by having the chance to get to know them, school has become more personal, engaging and part of who I am, rather than distant and impartial. While I chose Dalhousie for its excellent reputation, small class sizes, and research expertise in my field, all these extras that came with it truly affirmed my choice as the right one. 

RA Opportunities:

I'm currently working on two RA opportunities at Dalhousie. The first is the establishment of a Canadian development policy research network, under the supervision of David Black, for whom I am primarily providing advice on knowledge mobilization through digital media and information technology mediums.  

The second is a short RA opportunity with Brian Bow, for whom I am offering guidance on issues of regionalism and democratization in the European Union, to help inform several future publications. 


  • Besada, Hany, Fatima Denton, and Benjamin O'Bright. "Development and Sustainability in a Warming World: Measuring the Impacts of Climate Change." Background Paper - High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (2013). 1-44. 
  • Bergel, Andrew and Benjamin O'Bright. "The Resiliency Paradigm: Examining the Ground between Sustainability and Adaptability." Paper to be presented at the Sixth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses (Iceland) Reykjavik, 2014. 


  • Glyn R. Berry Memorial Scholarship for International Policy Studies (2013)
  • Graduate Scholarship, London School of Economics and Political Science (2012)
  • Carleton University Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement (2012)
  • Member of Dean’s Honour List for Carleton University (2008-2012)
  • L.B. Pearson, C.C. Gibson, and E.W.R. Stacie Scholarships, Carleton University (2009-2012)
  • Provincial Millennium Scholarship - 2008