Research Fellow, Sociology
Dr Rebecca Pearse is a sociologist who joined the School of Sociology and the Fenner School of Environment & Society at ANU 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 research history includes studies of rural community responses to energy and mining projects, urban inequalities, and market mechanisms for emissions reduction. Before joining the ANU, Beck worked at the University of Sydney Political Economy Department teaching in areas including ecological economics and labour studies.
Beck’s current projects investigate the possibilities for just sustainable transitions, with a particular focus on rural land and labour relations. Beck is working with Sustainable Farms to undertake a social study of knowledge production and networks among NRM practitioners and farmers in the NSW Central West and South West Slopes. Read more about this work here.