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Professor Rowena Barrett
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship)
Academic Division,
Education Portfolio,
Office of the PVC, Entrepreneurship
Discipline *
Business and Management
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Melbourne)

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  • Life Fellow, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Rowena Barrett is Executive Director, QUT Entrepreneurship .

QUT Entrepreneurship operates across the whole of the University.  The mission is to provide opportunities for all QUT students and staff to engage in entrepreneurship. This is done through collaboration to realise QUT’s entrepreneurial potential, with a learning program to inspire and develop entrepreneurship mindset and skill and with spaces developed for entrepreneurial practice.

The QUT Entrepreneurship  office is in B Block (B110) at the Gardens Point campus.  The QUT foundry, which is the Hub for QUT entrepreneurship activity, is located in B Block (B200b) at the Gardens Point campus as well as at The Precinct (level 1) in Fortitude Valley.

Rowena is an experienced and authentic leader who brings integrity, purpose and commitment to engaging people across many domains inside and outside the university around entrepreneurship.  She brings academic and practical understanding of motivations and drivers for entrepreneurship and has been instrumental in activating the University’s entrepreneurship DNA as well as ensuring QUT is a key player in the wider Queensland entrepreneurial ecosystem.

As an academic, Rowena is widely recognized as an expert in managing people in smaller and entrepreneurial firms.  Through her research Rowena has sought to unlock understandings of effective practice through impactful engagements in collaboration with industry and government.  She has a sizeable research portfolio and her work has been published widely in a range of different formats and media as she seeks to engage with diverse audiences.  She is a strong advocate for doing things differently and for academic knowledge to be shared widely.  Rowena is ambitious about collaboratively engendering knowledge, skills, innovation and entrepreneurship for the benefit of the University, our students and the wider community.

This information has been contributed by Professor Rowena Barrett.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.