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 and Chair of the Feminist Reading Group within the School of Law at QUT.    She is also a research domain leader within the Institute for Future Environments at the Queensland University of Technology.  Rowena holds a visiting fellow position at Strathmore Law School, Nairobi, Kenya and was formally 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.  Since 2016, Rowena has focused her research on the implications of Gender Action Plans within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and she has produced some of the earliest legal scholarly papers examining gender and climate change.  On the strength of these publications, she was invited to join the Gender Legislative Index Initiative hosted at the University Technology of Sydney, which aims to map gender incorporation across all areas of law, where she is responsible for mapping recognition within environmental law.

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 acting as the Gender Specialist 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.  Rowena is also collaborating as a Gender Specialist on a project funded by the Cotton Development Research Corporation mapping labour risks across the Australian cotton supply chain.

Rowena coordinates the units ‘Environmental and Sustainability Law’ in the undergraduate program within the School of Law and supervises higher degree research students working on projects in the areas of environmental law, gender and human rights.  She teaches the gender and politics component within the QUT Pathways to Politics, a program enhanced at increasing the number of women entering politics in Queensland.

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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