Thomas (Tom) D. Beamish
- Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
- M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
- Environment, Hazards, Risks
- Social and Community Movements
- Organizations, Institutions and Economy
- Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
Professor Tom Beamish’s research interests include environmental hazards and risks; social and community movements; organizations and the economy; and science, technology and innovation studies. As an environmental and economic sociologist, and as a sociologist of risk, his research has generated two books and many papers. One book focused on the social and organizational responses to a thirty-eight year set of oil leaks and spills at an oceanside oil field that culminated in an oil spill disaster (titled, Silent Spill: The Organization of an Industrial Crisis. MIT Press. See link to book below). His latest book compares the civic politics of risk in three communities in response to a local university led, and controversial federal government sponsored, biodefense intiative (titled, Community at Risk: Biodefense and the Collective Search for Security. Stanford University Press. See link to book below). Professor Beamish has also researched and written extensively about organizational and institutional aspects (and impediments) of “green” innovation(s) and regarding metropolitan level governance in California as it responds to urban growth and climate change.
Community at Risk? Biodefense and the Collective Search for Security.
Stanford University Press: Palo Alto, CA.
MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.