Dr Rebecca Pearse

B. Psych (USyd); MA, PhD (UNSW)
Lecturer, School of Sociology / Fenner School of Environment & Society
College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 02 6125 8148/2639

Research interests

  • Climate change and energy
  • Inequality
  • Social change and movements
  • Feminist theory
  • Sociology of knowledge


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

Beck’s current projects investigate the possibilities for just sustainable transitions, with particular focus on rural land and labour relations. She is a Chief Investigator on two ARC Discovery Projects: Decarbonising Electricity (Goodman et al. 2018-21) and Environmental Justice and the Making of Just Food and Energy Policy (Schlosberg, Pearse, Rickards 2020-22).

Beck previously held a teaching fellowship in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, where she was also a Key Researcher at the Sydney Environment Institute (2017-20). In 2019, Beck led the development of the City of Sydney's Equality Indicators framework with James Hitchcock and the Sydney Policy Lab. In 2016-17, Beck was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Sociology at Australian National University, working on the ARC project Gendered Excellence in the Social Sciences. Before that she worked as a Research Associate contributing to the The Coal Rush and Beyond and Global Arenas of Knowledge ARC Discovery Projects.

Beck's work is published in environmental policy and sociological journals. Her doctoral thesis was published as a monograph Pricing Carbon in Australia (Routledge/Earthscan, 2018) and documents the regulatory contradictions of Australia's short-lived emissions trading scheme. Beck also contributed to Beyond the Coal Rush (Goodman et al 2020, CUP), to a revision of Raewyn Connell's Gender: In World Perspective (3rd edition, 2015, Polity), and to an ethnography of climate movement politics with Stuart Rosewarne and James Goodman (Routledge, 2014).


Projects and Grants

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