Dr. Rebecca Pearse

Australian National University

Rebecca Pearse is a lecturer in environmental sociology at the Australian National University’s School of Sociology and the Fenner School of Environment and Society . Previously, Beck was a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney (2017-2020).  She works at the intersection of social theory and political economy.

Rebecca’s teaching and research focuses on environmental inequalities, policy and social change. Beck’s current research investigates the possibilities for rapid and just energy transition, with a particular focus on land and labour relations. Beck’s work has been published in Australian and international journals including Sociological Review, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, Environmental Politics, Energy Policy, and Feminist Economics.

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 the latest revision of Raewyn Connell’s Gender: in World Perspective (3rd edition Polity 2015). Based on her PhD, Beck’s latest book is titled Carbon Pricing in Australia: Contestation, the State and Market Failure (Routledge 2018).

Rebecca Pearse is one of the Research Lead on Creating Just Food and Energy Policy.