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Jacqueline Rowarth

Jacqueline Rowarth New Zealand academic

New Zealand academic
Jacqueline Rowarth
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Intro New Zealand academic
Is Economist
From New Zealand
Type Finance
Gender female
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Jacqueline Sara Rowarth is a British-born New Zealander academic working on agri-business.


Jacqueline Rowarth was born in the UK in 1956, and has a PhD in soil science from Massey University (1987). She has been Professor of Economics in the Business School of Waikato University in New Zealand since 2012. In the late 2000s she was Professor of Pastoral Agriculture at Massey University, and before that at the University of Melbourne in Australia where she directed the Master of Environment program for under two years.


Agricultural science and technology transfer. She lists her expertise as "Agricultural science; environmental agriculture; soil and plant science; science and technology; agribusiness; science and agricultural education." She has also been dedicated to promoting awareness of science and the importance of research to schools, interest groups and society in general.


  • Zonta Award for excellence, 1994
  • New Zealand Science and Technology Medal 1997
  • Companion of the RSNZ, recognising 'pre-eminence in the promotion of science and technology', 2001
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science, 2003.
  • Appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her work in Agricultural Science
  • Inaugural Federated Farmers Personality of the Year, 2009.


Rowarth is a strong believer in agricultural science and business forces, and has crossed swords with advocates of organic agriculture, anti-GM technology, and some environmentalists seeking to restrict agricultural production. In her inaugural professorial address at Waikato she argued science and agricultural degrees were more valuable than those in the arts. In 2016 Rowarth was appointed as chief scientist for New Zealand's Environmental Protection Agency. This appointment has been identified as a severe conflict of interest by environmentalists and many scientists within New Zealand due to Rowarth's substantial agricultural business interests.


  • Rowarth, J.S. 2014. The art of being employed (2nd ed, 1st ed. 2000). NZ: Dunmore Publishing.
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