Dr Rebecca Pearse

B. Psych (USyd); MA, PhD (UNSW)
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Sociology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research interests

  • Environmental political economy
  • Social change and movements
  • Sociology of knowledge
  • Feminist theory and gender relations
  • Work and energy transition


Beck Pearse is a Postdoctoral Fellow working on the Gendered Excellence in the Social Sciences ARC project with A/Prof Helen Keane, A/Prof Fiona Jenkins, and Prof Emerita Marian Sawer. Before that she worked at the University of Sydney on the Global Arenas of Knowledge ARC project led by CIs Prof Emerita Raewyn Connell and A/Prof Fran Collyer, with Dr João Marcelo Ehlert Maia (GVF) and Dr Robert Morrell (UCT). Beck is also an honorary associate at UTS contributing to the Coal Rush and Beyond ARC project, www.coalrush.net

Beck’s research is guided by her interest in socio-ecological change and inequalities. She has expertise in the political economy of climate and energy policy, social responses to environmental change, the sociology of knowledge, feminism and gender relations. Beck previously held sessional lecturing positions teaching courses in environmental politics and political economy at UTS and the University of Sydney.

Beck's work has been published in Australian and international journals including Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, Environmental Politics, Energy Policy, Feminist Economics, Ephemera, Carbon Management, and Global Change, Peace & Security. She has co-authored a book with Stuart Rosewarne and James Goodman called Climate Action Upsurge: An Ethnography of Climate Movement Politics (Routledge, 2014), and co-authored a revision of Raewyn Connell's Gender: in World Perspective (3rd edition Polity 2015).


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