Dr Betsi Beem

BA, Florida International University, MA, PhD University of Washington
Senior Lecturer

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6599

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Biographical details

Dr. Beem’s interests include the intersection of international and domestic policy and politics in governing the environment. She examines the ways in which science or other forms of expert knowledge gain authority in political decision making, while also attending to agenda setting and institutional dynamics. The interaction of issue frames, decision venues, and advocacy groups that transcends national borders in environmental policymaking is of particular interest.

Dr. Beem’s research focuses on marine policy and protected areas and she has done extensive work on the roles of science and policy learning in the development of fisheries policies for the management of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay. Her current research projects include evaluating the dynamics of change that led to the re-zoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; examining implementation of the World Heritage Convention the United States, Canada, and Australia, and how policy instruments create new domestic political institutions that may provide opportunities or constraints to national and international advocacy groups; and a comparison of marine protection policies in the US and Australia.

Dr. Beem is also committed to career development and teaching. In 2006 she initiated and currently runs the Making Policy Work initiative (mpw), a program designed to educate students about policy relevant careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors and to build connections between university students and practitioners. In addition to a weekly email list and webpage, she holds periodic workshops to enhance career skills and decision-making. Her student focused teaching philosophy and innovative teaching approaches that use “serious games” to enhance learning outcomes contributed to her being awarded the 2008 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching (Design and Practice) Award.

Research interests

  • International relations
  • Policy and Administration

Teaching and supervision

Current Courses
  • GOVT6316- Policy Making: Power, and Politics
  • GOVT6311- Issues in Public Policy
Past Courses
  • GOVT2552 - Policy Analysis
  • GOVT2557 - Public Sector Management
  • GOVT6331 - International Public Management
  • GOVT6116 - International Organisations
  • USSC6902 - US Politics: Competing Centres of Power
  • GOVT6316 - Policy Making: Power, Power, and Politics
  • GOVT6311 - Issues in Public Policy: Implementation

Associations

Dr Beem is actively engaged in the international community of academics examining these issues, holding the following positions:

  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Coastal Management Journal
  • Member of the Board of Directors of The Coastal Society (US) (2009-2011)

Dr Beem is a member of the following organizations:

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • Australian Political Science Association

Awards and honours

Dr Beem has been awarded the following research grants:

  • 2010: University of Sydney Faculty of Arts Collaborative Research Scheme (2011-2012)
  • 2006: University of Sydney, School of Social and Political Science Research Grant

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Law and Society; Beem B, Crofts T, Hendrischke H, Howard-Wagner D, Humphrey M, Lambourne W, Lee M, Macdonald G, Martin G, O'Brien K, O'Malley P, Park S, Piper N, Scott Bray R, Van Krieken R, Winter B; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.
  • The Treaty Implementation and the Creation of Domestic Political Venues Research Group; Beem B, Smith R, Banki S, Shearing S; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2009

  • Treaty implementation and the expansion of domestic policy arenas: the World Heritage Convention in Canada, Australia and the United States.; Beem B; International Council for Canadian Studies/Faculty Research Program (FRP).

2007

  • Framing Science: The Roles of Consensus, Capacity and Cognition in Re-zoning the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; Beem B; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Beem, B. (2012). Learning the wrong lessons? Science and fisheries management in the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery. Public Understanding of Science, 21(4), 401-417. [More Information]
  • Beem, B., Mikler, J. (2011). National regulations for a borderless industry: US versus UK approaches to online gambling. Policy and Society, 30(3), 161-174. [More Information]
  • Beem, B. (2010). Learning the wrong lessons?: science and fisheries management in the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery. Public Understanding of Science, Online, 1-16. [More Information]
  • Beem, B. (2009). Leaders in Thinking, Laggards in Attention? Bureaucratic Engagement in International Arenas. Policy Studies Journal, 37(3), 497-519. [More Information]
  • Thompson, D., Treleaven, L., Kamvounias, P., Beem, B., Hill, E. (2008). Integrating Graduate Attributes with Assessment Criteria in Business Education: Using an Online Assessment System. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 5(1), 34-48.
  • Beem, B. (2007). Co-Management from the Top? The Roles of Policy Entrepreneurs and Distributive Conflict in Developing Co-Management Arrangements. Marine Policy, 31(4), 540-549. [More Information]
  • Beem, B. (2006). Mutating Science: the Politics of Bio-technology. Australian Review of Public Affairs, 20 November 2006(online), online-online.
  • Beem, B. (2006). Planning to Learn: Blue Crab Policymaking in the Chesapeake Bay. Coastal Management, 34(2), 167-182. [More Information]
  • May, P., Jones, B., Beem, B., Neff-Sharum, E., Pogue, M. (2005). Policy Coherence and Component-Driven Policymaking: Arctic Policy in Canada and the United States. Policy Studies Journal, 33(1), 37-63.
  • May, P., Jones, B., Beem, B., Neff-Sharum, E., Poague, M. (2005). Regional Policy Agglomeration: Arctic Policy in Canada and the United States. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 7(2), 121-136. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Beem, B. (2010). Expertise and Policy Change in Managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park: The Roles of International and Domestic Policy Arenas. TCS22: The Coastal Society's 22nd International Conference, USA: The Coastal Society’s.
  • Beem, B. (2010). Responding to Climate Change in Australia: Subnational Initiatives. 2010 Climate Change Adaptation and Governance Workshop, Australia: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility NCCARF.
  • Beem, B. (2010). The intersection of science and policy for coastal management. TCS22: The Coastal Society's 22nd International Conference, USA: The Coastal Society’s.
  • Beem, B. (2010). Transforming Domestic Policy Venues: Legislative and Organizational Dimensions of Implementing Environmental Treaties. American Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting, Online: Social Science Research Network.
  • Beem, B. (2010). Treaty Implementation And The Creation Of Domestic Policy Venues. Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2010 APSA 2010, online: Australian Political Studies Association.
  • Beem, B., Mikler, J. (2009). National Regulations for a Borderless Industry: US versus UK Approaches to Online Gambling. ecpr 5th General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research.
  • Beem, B. (2008). Bureaucratic autonomy, international networks and issue framing: re-zoning the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2008, Brisbane: University of Queensland.
  • Beem, B. (2008). Bureaucratic expertise, international advocacy and policy entrepreneurs: re-zoning the Great Barrier Reef. The Coastal Society 21st Biennial Conference, Redondo Beach, CA: The Coastal Society’s.
  • Beem, B. (2008). International expertise and domestic advocacy: bureaucratic autonomy and policy change. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Research Meeting 2008, Los Angeles, CA: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
  • Beem, B., Mikler, J. (2008). Regulating the digital commons: US and UK approaches to on-line gambling. 49th International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco: International Studies Association.
  • Beem, B. (2007). Framing science: the roles of consensus, capacity and cognition in re-zoning the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Coastal Zone 2007, Portland, OR: Coastal Zone.
  • Beem, B. (2007). Leaders in thinking, laggards in attention? Rezoning the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Research Meeting 2007, Washington DC: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
  • Beem, B. (2006). Counting Crabs: Institutions, Evidence, and Persuasion in the Chesapeake Bay. International Conference of the Coastal Society, Florida: The Coastal Society’s.
  • Beem, B. (2006). Top Down Co-Management? International Association for the Study of Common Property: 11th Biennial Global Conference, Canada: International Development Research Centre.
  • Beem, B. (2005). Getting to Co-management: A policy learning approach. 2005 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
  • Beem, B. (2005). Institutions and Policy Learning for Blue Crab Fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay. Beyond Fragmented Government: Governance in the Public Sector, Australia: Peeters Publishers.
  • Beem, B. (2004). Planning to learn: Blue Crab policy making in the Chesapeake Bay. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Research Meeting 2004, Atlanta, GA: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
  • Beem, B. (2004). Political Consequences of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Arctic Science Relating to Climate Change. Fifth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences, Fairbanks, Alaska: International Arctic Social Sciences Association.
  • Beem, B. (2003). Fisheries Policy Learning: The Interplay of Information, Actors, and Venues. People and the Sea II, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Centre for Maritime Research.

Reference Works

  • Beem, B. (2011). Parks, Reserves, and Protected Areas. In Mark Juergensmeyer, Helmut K. Anheier (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Sage Publications.
  • Beem, B. (2010). Climate Change Conferences, United Nations. In Geoffrey Garrett, Margaret Levi, Paula D. McClain, James E. Alt, Simone Chambers (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Political Science. USA: CQ Press.
  • Beem, B. (2010). Kyoto Protocol. In Geoffrey Garrett, Margaret Levi, Paula D. McClain, James E. Alt, Simone Chambers (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Political Science. CQ Press.
  • Beem, B. (2010). Science Policy. In Geoffrey Garrett, Margaret Levi, Paula D. McClain, James E. Alt, Simone Chambers, eds (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Political Science. CQ Press.

2012

  • Beem, B. (2012). Learning the wrong lessons? Science and fisheries management in the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery. Public Understanding of Science, 21(4), 401-417. [More Information]

2011

  • Beem, B., Mikler, J. (2011). National regulations for a borderless industry: US versus UK approaches to online gambling. Policy and Society, 30(3), 161-174. [More Information]
  • Beem, B. (2011). Parks, Reserves, and Protected Areas. In Mark Juergensmeyer, Helmut K. Anheier (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Sage Publications.

2010

  • Beem, B. (2010). Climate Change Conferences, United Nations. In Geoffrey Garrett, Margaret Levi, Paula D. McClain, James E. Alt, Simone Chambers (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Political Science. USA: CQ Press.
  • Beem, B. (2010). Expertise and Policy Change in Managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park: The Roles of International and Domestic Policy Arenas. TCS22: The Coastal Society's 22nd International Conference, USA: The Coastal Society’s.
  • Beem, B. (2010). Kyoto Protocol. In Geoffrey Garrett, Margaret Levi, Paula D. McClain, James E. Alt, Simone Chambers (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Political Science. CQ Press.
  • Beem, B. (2010). Learning the wrong lessons?: science and fisheries management in the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery. Public Understanding of Science, Online, 1-16. [More Information]
  • Beem, B. (2010). Responding to Climate Change in Australia: Subnational Initiatives. 2010 Climate Change Adaptation and Governance Workshop, Australia: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility NCCARF.
  • Beem, B. (2010). Science Policy. In Geoffrey Garrett, Margaret Levi, Paula D. McClain, James E. Alt, Simone Chambers, eds (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Political Science. CQ Press.
  • Beem, B. (2010). The intersection of science and policy for coastal management. TCS22: The Coastal Society's 22nd International Conference, USA: The Coastal Society’s.
  • Beem, B. (2010). Transforming Domestic Policy Venues: Legislative and Organizational Dimensions of Implementing Environmental Treaties. American Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting, Online: Social Science Research Network.
  • Beem, B. (2010). Treaty Implementation And The Creation Of Domestic Policy Venues. Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2010 APSA 2010, online: Australian Political Studies Association.

2009

  • Beem, B. (2009). Leaders in Thinking, Laggards in Attention? Bureaucratic Engagement in International Arenas. Policy Studies Journal, 37(3), 497-519. [More Information]
  • Beem, B., Mikler, J. (2009). National Regulations for a Borderless Industry: US versus UK Approaches to Online Gambling. ecpr 5th General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research.

2008

  • Beem, B. (2008). Bureaucratic autonomy, international networks and issue framing: re-zoning the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2008, Brisbane: University of Queensland.
  • Beem, B. (2008). Bureaucratic expertise, international advocacy and policy entrepreneurs: re-zoning the Great Barrier Reef. The Coastal Society 21st Biennial Conference, Redondo Beach, CA: The Coastal Society’s.
  • Thompson, D., Treleaven, L., Kamvounias, P., Beem, B., Hill, E. (2008). Integrating Graduate Attributes with Assessment Criteria in Business Education: Using an Online Assessment System. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 5(1), 34-48.
  • Beem, B. (2008). International expertise and domestic advocacy: bureaucratic autonomy and policy change. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Research Meeting 2008, Los Angeles, CA: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
  • Beem, B., Mikler, J. (2008). Regulating the digital commons: US and UK approaches to on-line gambling. 49th International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco: International Studies Association.

2007

  • Beem, B. (2007). Co-Management from the Top? The Roles of Policy Entrepreneurs and Distributive Conflict in Developing Co-Management Arrangements. Marine Policy, 31(4), 540-549. [More Information]
  • Beem, B. (2007). Framing science: the roles of consensus, capacity and cognition in re-zoning the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Coastal Zone 2007, Portland, OR: Coastal Zone.
  • Beem, B. (2007). Leaders in thinking, laggards in attention? Rezoning the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Research Meeting 2007, Washington DC: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

2006

  • Beem, B. (2006). Counting Crabs: Institutions, Evidence, and Persuasion in the Chesapeake Bay. International Conference of the Coastal Society, Florida: The Coastal Society’s.
  • Beem, B. (2006). Mutating Science: the Politics of Bio-technology. Australian Review of Public Affairs, 20 November 2006(online), online-online.
  • Beem, B. (2006). Planning to Learn: Blue Crab Policymaking in the Chesapeake Bay. Coastal Management, 34(2), 167-182. [More Information]
  • Beem, B. (2006). Top Down Co-Management? International Association for the Study of Common Property: 11th Biennial Global Conference, Canada: International Development Research Centre.

2005

  • Beem, B. (2005). Getting to Co-management: A policy learning approach. 2005 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
  • Beem, B. (2005). Institutions and Policy Learning for Blue Crab Fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay. Beyond Fragmented Government: Governance in the Public Sector, Australia: Peeters Publishers.
  • May, P., Jones, B., Beem, B., Neff-Sharum, E., Pogue, M. (2005). Policy Coherence and Component-Driven Policymaking: Arctic Policy in Canada and the United States. Policy Studies Journal, 33(1), 37-63.
  • May, P., Jones, B., Beem, B., Neff-Sharum, E., Poague, M. (2005). Regional Policy Agglomeration: Arctic Policy in Canada and the United States. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 7(2), 121-136. [More Information]

2004

  • Beem, B. (2004). Planning to learn: Blue Crab policy making in the Chesapeake Bay. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Research Meeting 2004, Atlanta, GA: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
  • Beem, B. (2004). Political Consequences of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Arctic Science Relating to Climate Change. Fifth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences, Fairbanks, Alaska: International Arctic Social Sciences Association.

2003

  • Beem, B. (2003). Fisheries Policy Learning: The Interplay of Information, Actors, and Venues. People and the Sea II, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Centre for Maritime Research.

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