School of Arts

Dr Beth Edmondson

Position: Head of School / Senior Lecturer
Study area: History and Politics
Location: Gippsland Campus, Room 1E219
Phone: 5122 6388


Doctor of Philosophy (Politics) University of Melbourne - 1995
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Flinders University -1989
Bachelor of Arts Murdoch University - 1988



Bachelor of Arts


  • International Relations (ATSGC2570/3570)
  • Courtesans, Concubines and Conquest (ATSGC2452/3452)
  • Modern World Events and Issues (ATSGC1312)
  • Globalisation and Social Change (ATSGC1898)


Beth completed undergraduate studies at Murdoch and Flinders Universities, and completed my PhD at the University of Melbourne. She worked at Monash University, teaching in History/Politics and International Relations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Beth joined Federation University in January 2014.

Beth is currently Deputy Head of School, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in the Faculty of Education and Arts. She also lectures in History and Politics and supervises honours and postgraduate research.

Beth has also worked with colleagues from other Australian Universities in producing teaching materials and resources for use in Business schools and faculties. Their co-authored book, Communication for Business, Oxford University Press, 2013, won an APA award in 2014 for the best Australian tertiary publication.

Beth has an extensive record in researching and publishing on the politics of international climate change, and the importance of international governance mechanisms. She co-authored Climate Change and Order: the end of prosperity and democracy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations
  • Climate Change Politics
  • Gender Studies
  • International Governance Mechanisms
  • Public and Social Policy
  • Australian Politics

Research interests

She is also fascinated by the complex historical roles, status and opportunities that women have experienced. Beth is also interested in how different learning contexts and situations affect the breadth, depth and quality of students' learning experiences.


In recent years, Beth has supervised honours and PhD research in the following areas:

  • Political history
  • Indigenous health policies
  • Social media
  • Learning contexts
  • Leadership management in education
  • Online collaborative learning
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Publications



(with Stuart Levy), Climate Change and Order: the end of prosperity and democracy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

(with Liz Tynan, Angela Martin, Beth Edmondson, David Wolstencroft, Damian Grace and Don Swanson), Communication for Business, Oxford University Press, 2013.

(with Stuart Levy), International Relations: Nurturing Reality, Pearson Longman, 2008.

Book chapters

'Collective Responsibilities: a basis for order in the 21st century' in Stefan Litz (ed), Globalization and Responsibility 2015, Common Ground Publishing (forthcoming).

'The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Beyond Monitoring?', in Brendan Gleeson and Nicholas Low (eds.), Governing for the Environment: Global Problems, Ethics and Democracy, Palgrave: Houndmills, 2001.

Refereed journal articles

Collective responsibilities: new principles for order in the 21st century, The Global Studies Journal, vol 3, issue 4, 2011, pp. 11-20.

The impossible dream: consensus-based international climate change, The Global Studies Journal, vol 2, issue 3, 2009, pp. 1-14

(With Debra Manning), The Primacy of Philosophy for Effective Learning, The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Number 10, 2009, pp. 553-568

(With David Wolstencroft), Structuring ambiguity: teaching public relations through a virtual consultancy, Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal vol 10, 2009, pp. 35-50.

Global Order: Accommodating Diversity in the 21st Century, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 1, Number 2, 2008, pp. 25-34.

Confronting the Pedagogical Challenges of Asynchronous Online Discussion Groups, International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 101-108.

Making Flexible Delivery Meaningful, International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 4, 2007, pp. 9-18.

Utilising Multiple Intelligences in e-Learning Design, International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 12, 2007, pp. 35-42.


Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project