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Beck Pearse joined ANU’s School of Sociology and the Fenner School of Environment & Society in 2020. Her teaching and research focuses on inequalities and policy. Beck is interested in how people from different walks of life work and experience environmental change and how policy can contribute to building a fair and abundant world.

Beck's PhD thesis was published as a monograph, Pricing Carbon in Australia (2018, Routledge/Earthscan). She is a Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project 'Environmental Justice and the Making of Just Food and Energy Policy' (Schlosberg, Rickards, Pearse 2020-22). Beck previously held a teaching fellowship in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney (2017-20).


  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, Australian National University
  • 2017–2020
    Lecturer, University of Sydney (Political Economy)
  • 2016–2017
    Postdoctoral fellow, Australian National University (Sociology)
  • 2015–2016
    Research associate, University of Sydney (Education)
  • 2011–2015
    Research assistant, University of Sydney (Education)
  • 2008–2015
    Research assistant, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2010–2015
    PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales
  • 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

  • Sociology (1608)
  • Studies In Human Society (16)
  • Environment Policy (160507)