Professor Rowena Maguire

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Professor, School of Law

Doctor of Philsophy (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Laws (Queensland University of Technology)

Dr Rowena Maguire is an Associate Professor in the School of Law at QUT and the Program Leader of the Environmental and Social Governance Research Centre at QUT. She is also a Chief Investigator at the QUT Centre for Justice within the Ecologies of Justice program. Her research is undertaken in collaboration with industry, community, and interdisciplinary university partners. She enjoys work that is connected to ground, and which has the potential to influence change.

Rowena is currently working on two original programs of work: climate governance work focusing on gender, social inclusion, and effectiveness; and just transition to a circular economy. In her work on climate governance, she draws upon her legal background to analyse how climate laws, policies and climate financing structures produce unintended consequences increasing inequality and vulnerability in a changing climate. Her scholarship on this topic draws upon intersectional feminist theory and methods, which is used to critically evaluate the law and in doing so identify the privileged knowledges, voices and agendas driving legal reform. Rowena has completed several projects for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research drawing upon this knowledge and is working on a QUT Centre for Justice project examining the invisible work of neighbourhood centres in preparing and responding to disasters in Queensland.

Rowena work on just transition to circular and sustainable economy draws upon regulatory and feminist theories to explore the institutional barriers and social implications of transitioning to a circular economy. Work on this topic explores the social and environmental issues across supply chains including waste, carbon emissions,  modern slavery, and the role of regulatory mechanisms in the transition. She has completed projects on this topic funded by the Cotton Research Development Corporation (modern slavery in cotton supply chains), Australian Retailers Association (Textile and Electronic waste regulation) and the Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment (Pilot textile product stewardship scheme).

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, climate governance, circular economy, decarbonisation and feminist and critical theories.

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