Alexandra is an interdisciplinary scholar who draws on critical criminal law, social theory, and anthropology in her research into humanity’s legal and moral obligations to other species. Her extensive experience in the field of health care, and work as a community empowerment researcher also informs her thinking on ethics, and the law in context. Her PhD, awarded in 2017, analysed Australia’s animal protection framework from a Bourdieusian perspective. She is currently undertaking research on wildlife protection in Vietnam as part of a CQU new staff research grant, focusing on the Douc Langur.
Alexandra teaches Equity and Law of Trusts in the CQU undergraduate law program. Her learning and teaching research activities centre on student engagement and attrition risks in the online teaching environment.
Non-CQU Post Graduate Supervisory Experience
Marion Cornish, Social Capital of Not-For Profit Directors in Australia
Principal Supervisor: Prof George Lafferty, UWS
Associate supervisor Alexandra McEwan CQU
Associate supervisor: Gary Buttriss, ANU
Reem Lascelles 2018
Principal and Sole Supervisor
Masters by Research: Animal Law and Society
Before moving into legal research Alexandra had an extensive career as a health clinician and educator in the areas of sexual and reproductive and health, primary health care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health, harm minimisation, health outreach, and community development. During this period (1992-2005) she was the recipient of a Sexual Health Society of NSW award (1996) and a New South Wales Nurses Association scholarship (1996). She was an Executive Member of the Australian Sexual Health Nurses Association (ASHNA) (1997-2001), sat on state-wide advisory committees for Queensland Health (2004-2005), and was a peer reviewer for the Health Care Complaints Commission NSW (1999-2000).
PhD (Law) (ANU) 2017
Grad Dip Legal Practice (ANU) 2011
LLB (Hons I) (JCU) 2008
BA: Anthropology (Hons I) (Uni Syd) 2000
Australian National University
James Cook University
University of Queensland
2011 APA Scholarship
2010 Scholarship: Law, Anthropology, and Indigenous Peoples Program, University of Rouen, France
2009 Marylyn Mayo Medal for Bachelor of Laws with Honours
2008 Wettenhall Silva Human Rights Law Award
2008 Aurora Internship: Public Interest Advocacy Centre NSW
Alexandra McEwan, 'Greyhound Pups must be Tracked from Birth to Death, so we Know How Many are Killed' The Conversation (25 Sept 2020)
Australian National University, ANU Reporter (Dec 2016).
Alexandra McEwan, ‘Gone to the Dogs: What are the Implications of the NSW Ban on Greyhound Racing for Other Animal Use Industries?’ Policy Forum (4 Sept 2016).
Alexandra McEwan, ‘How Animal Protection Law Finally Moved into the Fast Law: The NSW Ban on Greyhound Racing’ Humane Society International Australia (25 Aug 2016)
Alexandra McEwan, ‘Whistleblower Law Needs More Bite to Fight Greyhound Cruelty and Corporate Fraud’ The Conversation (4 Jan 2016).
Alexandra McEwan, 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Greyhound' The Conversation (2 Dec 2012).
Nomination 2016 ANU Media and Outreach Prize: Public Policy for my analysis of the greyhound racing industry. Awarded Highly Commended.
2015–2017 College of Business, Law and Governance James Cook University, Cairns Qld
Environmental Law and Policy (2017) and Environmental Law (2017)
Clinical Legal Placement (2017)
Advanced Criminal Law (2017)
Policy Analysis and Development (2016-17)
Legal Institutions and Processes (2016)
Legal Research, Writing and Analysis (2015-16)
Law of Trusts (2015)
2015 School of Law, Australian National University
Lecturer: Foundations of Australian Law
ANU Research School of Social Sciences
Tutor: Corruption in Our World
Member, Australasian Animal Law Teachers’ and Researchers’ Association Inc
Member, Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand
Associate Member, Queensland Law Society
Member, Australian Anthropological Society
Member, Animal Studies Society of Australia
Member, Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee, Melbourne Lost Dogs' Home Feb 2020 - ongoing
Management Committee Member, Environmental Defender’s Office North Queensland October 2018-October 2019
Registered Nurse (1983-2017)
Registered Midwife (1988-2010)
LLB Credit Assessor for CQU Law
Consultancy World Bank (June 2014) with Kym Kelly and Prof Adam Graycar: Corruption Prevention: An Australian Case Study.
Torres Hip Hop Health Promotion Project Evaluation (2011) Evaluation Report submitted to Qld Health June 2011.
Cape York Health Service District (CYHSD), Men’s and Women’s Health Program Review, Qld Health: (2010-2011) Lead responsibility for CYHSD Men’s and Women’s Health Program and service model review.
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health Queensland (2010) Research Consultancy The Reproductive and Mental Health of Young Women Living in Rural and Remote Australia.
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Specialist Studies in Education - Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Attrition; online teaching
Law - Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Wildlife Protection; wildlife trafficking
Law - Law and Society
Law - Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
Critical Criminal Law; Legal theory
Other Law and Legal Studies - Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Pierre Bourdieu; Sustainability