Personal details

Dr Rowena Maguire
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
Law, Environmental Science and Management, Other Law and Legal Studies
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Doctor of Philsophy (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Laws (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Visiting Fellow Strathmore Law School, Nairobi, Kenya


Equitable Climate Policy, International Climate Regulation, Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, Women and Environmental Regulation, Australian Environmental and Climate Law, ILGG

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Rowena Maguire is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and a Domain Leader within the Transforming Innovation System within the Institute for Future Environments at the Queensland University of Technology.  She is also a visiting fellow at Strathmore Law School, Nairobi, Kenya and a Research Affiliates at the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research.    Rowena’s research is primarily concerned with equitable design and implementation of climate and environmental law with a focus on the land sector, specifically forest and agricultural regulation.  Her current research projects focus on gender and land sector governance and waste management and gendered implications.
Her PhD research examined the international regulation of forest resources, published as a monograph: Global Forest Governance: Legal Concepts and Policy Trends (Edward Elgar, 2013).  Following on from this study, Rowena was appointed as a Research Affiliate to the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research and worked on a donor REDD+ project in Kenya.  From 2014- 2016, Rowena was a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery project examining international climate governance integrity issues.  Rowena is currently working on a project funded by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) examining Agriculture based emission-reduction options to support Nationally Determined Contributions in Vietnam and Fiji.  In this project Rowena is responsible for examining land tenure arrangements, gender and governance arrangements.
Rowena is also collaborating on transdisciplinary research teams within the Institute for Future Environments  at QUT on projects concerning waste reduction and re-use.  She is interested in this gendered dimensions of waste management and reduction and the regulatory nudges that shift human behavior.    Projects include:
 – Designing Plastic Waste Out;
– Reducing Waste at QUT;
– Regulation of Sustainable Fashion and fashion waste.
Rowena coordinates the units ‘Environmental and Sustainability Law’ and ‘Introduction to International Law’ in the undergraduate program within the School of Law and supervises higher degree research students in the areas of international environmental and human rights law.

This information has been contributed by Dr Rowena Maguire.


Units currently taught


  • LLB440: Environmental and Sustainability Law
  • LLB141: Introduction to International Law
  • LLB:104 Contemporary Law and Justice
  • LLH:472: Public International Law



This information has been contributed by Dr Rowena Maguire.


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