Lecturer, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney

Beck Pearse is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Her research addresses inequalities and social/environmental change. Her most recent book - 'Pricing Carbon in Australia' (Earthscan/Routledge 2018) - details the rise and fall of the national emissions trading scheme in Australia.

Beck's current research is focused on energy transformations. She contributes to the 'Coal Rush and Beyond' ARC research project, and is currently investigating the socio-economic significance of renewable energy developments for rural communities.




  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, University of Sydney
  • 2016–2017
    Postdoctoral fellow, Australian National University
  • 2015–2016
    Research associate, University of Sydney
  • 2008–2015
    Research assistant, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2011–2015
    Research assistant, University of Sydney
  • 2012–2013
    Sessional lecturer, University of Sydney (Government, Political Economy)
  • 2010–2012
    Sessional lecturer, tutor, University of Technology Sydney (Social Inquiry)
  • 2010–2011
    Tutor, research assistant, University of New South Wales (International Relations)


  • 2015 
    University of New South Wales, PhD (Social Sciences)
  • 2009 
    University of New South Wales, Master of Arts (Development Studies)
  • 2005 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Psychology (hons)

Research Areas

  • Environmental Politics (160605)
  • Environmental Sociology (160802)
  • Studies In Human Society (16)
  • Environment Policy (160507)