Vice Chancellor’s Post-doctoral Research Fellow/ Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Swayne (nee Durrant) is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law. Nicola has recently returned to the Faculty after a 2 year absence for parental leave. Nicola’s research interests lie in Environmental and Planning Law including national and international environmental law. Nicola’s particular area of interest lies in the legal issues associated with:

-Climate change including carbon trading, renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives,
-Biological sequestration and carbon offsets,
-Geological sequestration (carbon capture and storage), and
-Energy and resources (including coal seam gas and offshore oil pollution).


  • 2005–present
    Vice Chancellor's Post-doctoral Research Fellow/Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law and Institute for Sustainable Resources


  • 2008 
    QUT, PhD (Law)

Research Areas

  • Environmental And Natural Resources Law (180111)