Dr. Michael Rendon

Dr. Michael Rendon
Adjunct Professor of Sociology

Areas of Expertise

  • Population and consumption
  • Circular economy
  • Informal recycling sector
  • Public policy

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Universitat Autonomo de Barcelona, 2020
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Colorado Denver, 2016
  • B.A., Population Studies, Fort Lewis College, 2000

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About Dr. Michael Rendon

Michael is interested in the sociopolitical relationships between humans and the natural world, specifically regarding extractive industries, material consumption, and resource recovery. His academic work focuses on waste policy and the global informal recycling sector.

Michael is a former mayor of Durango, CO, where he promoted sustainability, affordable housing, and practiced the art of listening. He is also very proud to have been the first male director of the Sexual Assault Services Organization (SASO), the rape crisis center in Durango. As both a graduate of Fort Lewis College and the previous coordinator of the Fort Lewis College Environmental Center, Michael is excited to be back on campus!


Publications

Rendon, Michael; Espluga-Trenc, Josep; and Verd, Joan-Miquel. (2021). "Assessing the functional relationship between the formal and informal waste systems: A case-study in Catalonia (Spain)." Waste Management