Wider involvement

Allan has established international collaborations in the USA, Canada and India. In the USA and Canada he is part of Joint Fire Service Research projects examining interactions between rural landholders and fire management agency staff. This collaboration involves social scientists at Oregon State University, Ohio State University and the University of Alberta. In India, Allan is working with staff at Tamil Nadu State Agricultural University to examine rural development issues and opportunities in tank irrigation communities.

Allan has initiated and co-chaired important fora, including a national workshop in Canberra in April 2012 with NCGRT stakeholders that examined the feasibility of Managed Aquifer Storage and Recovery in agricultural landscapes using large flood events; a 2009 national workshop in Albury that examined research exploring Landholder adaption to climate change; the 5th Australian Stream Management Conference in Albury in 2007; the 2002 Fenner Conference in Canberra on the Environment; the inaugural OZAM (Adaptive Management workshop) in 2002 and again in 2007, and a 2003 workshop in Canberra examining the social dimensions of the Triple Bottom Line in rural Australia.

Allan is a member of the Editorial Board for the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management.   

Allan has an established network of contacts with practising natural resource managers. He was a Ministerial appointee to the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council’s Community Advisory Committee from 1993 to 1998 and served on the North East Catchment and Land Protection Board for 5 years. He has been an expert panellist on fora such as the CSIRO Billabong Heartlands program, the Pratt Water Murrumbidgee Integration Advisory Team and the MDBC Socio-Economic Reference Panel for the Living Murray. He was an external expert member of the National Landcare Program Monitoring and Evaluation Steering Committee and was contracted to provide expert advice to the Natural Resources Commission to assist it develop standards and targets for the assessment of catchment management in NSW. Allan has recently been a member of the Bushfire CRC Expert Advisory Panel and in 2009 was appointed by the National Water Commission as an independent expert to the Melbourne University Farms, Rivers and Markets project. In 2011 he was commissioned by the Victorian Government to provide expert advice on the future of community-based NRM in Victoria.

Professional Associations

  • International Association for Society & Natural Resources
  • American Water Resources Association
  • Principal Researcher, The Institute for Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University
  • Invited (by ANU’s Professor Quentin Grafton) Fellow at the ANU Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP)
  • Principal Investigator, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

Other interests

Allan is into outdoor sports and is a regular cross country runner and mountain biker over the hills around the Ovens and Kiewa Valleys.

Allan and his partner, Marg, own a rural property at Rosewhite in the Ovens Valley and with a lot of help, have converted an old dairy farm into a grazing property where they currently produce grass-fed angus steers.

Probably less often than he would like, Allan heads over to East Gippsland to catch up with his extended family and to surf at Conran and fish at Marlo.