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Honorary Professor, University of Wollongong

Professor Sharon Beder has written 10 books and many book chapters, articles and conference papers, as well as consultancy reports and teaching resources. Her research has focussed on how power relationships are maintained and challenged, particularly by corporations and professions. She has designed and written several websites including one on Business-Managed Democracy (


  • 2006–present
    Honorary Professor, University of Wollongong
  • 2002–2006
    Professor, University of Wollongong


  • 1989 
    University of NSW, PhD/Science and Technology Studies
  • 1985 
    University of NSW, Masters/Science and Technology Studies
  • 1977 
    University of Canterbury, BE (Civil) First class honours


  • 2009
    This Little Kiddy Went to Market: The Corporate Capture of Childhood, Pluto Press, London and UNSW Press, Sydney
  • 2006
    Environmental Principles and Policies, UNSW Press, Sydney and Earthscan, London
  • 2006
    Suiting Themselves: How Corporations Drive the Global Agenda, Earthscan, London
  • 2006
    Free Market Missionaries: The Corporate Manipulation of Community Values, Earthscan, London
  • 2003
    Power Play: The Fight to Control the World’s Electricity, Free Press, New York and Scribe, Melbourne
  • 2002
    Global Spin: The Corporate Assault on Environmentalism, Scribe, Melbourne and Green Books, Devon, UK
  • 2000
    Selling the Work Ethic: From Puritan Pulpit to Corporate PR, Zed Books, London
  • 1998
    The New Engineer, Macmillan, South Melbourne
  • 1996
    The Nature of Sustainable Development, Scribe, Newham, Victoria
  • 1989
    Toxic Fish & Sewer Surfing, Allen & Unwin, Sydney


Engineers Australia ‘Australia’s most influential engineers’ list, 2004.Bulletin Magazine ‘Smart 100’ list, 2003, environmental category.World Technology Award for Ethics, 2001