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Lecturer, Department of Political Economy, Australian National University

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 investigates the possibilities for just renewable energy transition in rural Australia.


  • 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)