About

Allan has a strong interest in integrated natural resource policy and management in northern Australia. He has both extensive research and policy expertise in governance systems and integrated natural resource management. He is Chair of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait. His past research helped inform the policy and investment foundations for the nation’s regional natural resource management system, and he was also responsible for natural resource policy in the Queensland Government. Allan has also been the CEO of the Wet Tropics Regional NRM Body before returning to this international research role. As Leader – Tropical Regional Development at The Cairns Institute, JCU, he also accesses an international network of research expertise in the governance field, with particularly strong linkages throughout Charles Darwin University, Griffith University and CSIRO. In 2015, Allan gave a TEDxJCUCairns talk which you can view HERE 

 

Interests
Research
  • Regional and natural resource policy/ governance systems
  • Environmental and social impact assessment
  • Indigenous/rural community development
  • Corporate/organization development
  • Lecturing/training in governance theory and planning systems
  • Land assessment and rehabilitation
  • Governance for the management of terrestrial carbon and greenhouse gas abatement
  • Climate change adaptation and disaster management
Experience
  • 2010 to present - Research Leader - Tropical Regional Development, The Cairns Institute (James Cook University, Cairns)
  • 2010 to present - Chair, Regional Development Australia FNQ&TS
  • 2005 to 2010 - CEO, Wet Tropics Regional Natural Resource Management Board (Cairns)
  • 2001 to 2005 - General Manager of Resource Policy, Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines
  • 1996 to 2001 - Senior Scientist, Regional Planning, CSIRO - Tropical Agriculture
  • 1993 to 1996 - Manager, Social Impact Assessment Unit, Queensland Department of Family Services, Aboriginal and Islander Affairs
Honours
Memberships
  • Reef and Rainforest Research Corporation (Board Member)
  • Mulgrave Aquifer Community Reference Panel (Independent Chair)
  • Environmental Institute of Australia (Member)
  • International Association of Impact Assessment (Member)
  • 2016 - Queensland Plan Ambassadors Council (Ambassador)
  • 2015 to 2016 - QLD Government Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce (Member)
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 101+ research outputs authored by Prof Allan Dale from 1992 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Mission Australia - Contract Research

Stronger Together ? Cairns South Early Years Collective Impact Initiative

Indicative Funding
$225,000 over 3 years
Summary
Community Partner Funding: Cairns South and Yarrabah Communities for Children. This project will support the Early Years sector to lead the development of a detailed child development 'agenda' and to establish long-term system improvements that can lead to better support for children and their families in Cairns South.
Investigators
Allan Dale, Stewart Lockie, Fiona Allison and Jancy McHugh (Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Early years; Socio-economic disadvantage; Cairns South; Collective impact; Yarrabah; Families

Wet Tropics Management Authority - Student Research Grant Scheme

Enhancing the health of the governance system driving ecosystem service markets in northern Australia

Indicative Funding
$2,400
Summary
Degradation of ecosystems systems and processes is of increasing concern globally. Attempts to maintain the flow of ecosystem services through market-based instruments has, however, had varying success. Good governance is increasingly recognised as fundamental to ensuring equitable social and environmental outcomes, and likely to aid in overcoming some of the challenges faced by a more pure market based approach. This study will empirically analyse the governance systems that are emerging for ecosystem service markets in two synchronous case studies in Far North Queensland using the Governance System Analysis framework.
Investigators
Rebecca Pearse and Allan Dale (Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Governance; Ecosystem services markets; adaptive governance; Resilience

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

The IMS 2050 Human Dimensions Project: Cost-effective Indicators and Metrics for key GBRWHA Human Dimensions and Indigenous Values Linked to Objectives and Targets in the Reef 2050 Plan

Indicative Funding
$125,000 over 2 years
Summary
Building on the work of the GBR RIMeP Program Design Group, this project will develop cost-effective indicators and metrics for human dimension outcomes, objectives and targets in the Reef 2050 Plan, consistent with the Drivers-Pressures-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework. It will add value to and ensure continuity with information collected through the Social and Economic Long-Term Monitoring Program for the Great Barrier Reef (SeLTMP). The project will: determine potential and extant indicator sets; evaluate data collection cost-effectiveness; determine thresholds (where applicable); and provide guidelines for a collaborative approach for developing grading scores, using multiple lines of evidence to rate progress towards Reef 2050 Plan targets, objectives and outcomes.
Investigators
Allan Dale in collaboration with Nadine Marshall, Margaret Gooch and Karen Vella (Cairns Institute, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Queensland University of Technology)
Keywords
Great Barrier Reef; Human Dimensions; SELTMP; Reef 2050 Plan

Terrain Natural Resource Management - Contract Research

Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project Synthesis Report

Indicative Funding
$36,000
Summary
Extensive science has been conducted in the catchments of the wet tropics region with the aim of improving water quality in the Great Barrier Reef. This project aims to compile and synthesise this information for the Johnstone and Tully Catchments. The synthesis will utilize and integrate extensive existing biophysical, land management practice, social and economic data with the aim of generating new and increased understanding of the current status and options for the future. It will be used in conjunction with feasibility studies to inform decision making around the best location and mix of on-ground actions to reduce nutrient and pesticide loads.
Investigators
Damien Burrows, Stephen Lewis and Allan Dale (TropWATER and Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Wet Tropics; Water Quality; Cane Farming; Great Barrier Reef; Agriculture

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Building Indigenous livelihood and co-management opportunities in the Northern GBR-ecosystem services and conservation governance for water quality

Indicative Funding
$45,000 over 2 years (administered by CSIRO)
Summary
This project supports Indigenous co-management and livelihoods by scoping and developing culturally-appropriate ecosystem services (ES) products focused on water quality. Local and regional Indigenous development agencies in CYP will collaborate with researchers with expertise in Indigenous water, co-benefits, ES, wetland ecology, and governance issues. The project will: i) evaluate international examples of nutrient offsets and watershed ES; ii) scope investor demand and develop innovative water quality ES products suitable for Northern GBR geographic, demographic, and market conditions; and iii) improve wetland protection, co-management, business, and governance capability. Key project objectives are to leverage existing ES-based livelihood opportunities and to realize social co-benefits.
Investigators
Marcus Barber and Allan Dale in collaboration with Justin Perry, Dion Creek, Tim Jaffer and Michael Winer (Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Cairns Institute, Kalan Enterprises and Cape York Partnerships)
Keywords
traditional co-management; Ecosystem Services; Indigenous; Water Quality; capacity building

Australian Research Council - Linkage - Projects

The impact of governance on regional natural resource planning

Indicative Funding
$20,000 over 3 years (administered by QUT)
Summary
The management of natural resources in regional Australia is challenged by complex decision-making and poorly integrated planning systems at the federal, state and local levels. Communities in resource-rich regions are facing a paralysis of decision-making because of poorly coordinated agencies and planning decisions. This project will develop an evaluation framework to assess the effectiveness of planning and natural resource management governance at the regional scale. The evaluation will be used to reform and improve regional governance and implement best practices for Australia to improve natural resource management decision making.
Investigators
Douglas Baker, Neil Sipe, Severine Mayere, Karen Vella and Allan Dale in collaboration with Bruce Taylor, Richard Margerum, Andrew Drysdale, Lucy Richardson, Kathryn Fletcher, Elyse Riethmuller, David Hinchley and Patricia Gowdie (Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Oregon State University, Cairns Institute, Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management Groups Collective, Condamine Alliance, Queensland Murray Darling Committee, Fitzroy Basin Association, Terrain Natural Resource Management (Wet Tropics) and NQ Dry Tropics)
Keywords
regional governance; land use planning; sustainable environments

North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance - Consultancy 2

Northern Australia Policy development and sector developent (2) Northern Gulf Community Development

Indicative Funding
$40,000 over 2 years
Summary
1) Northern Australia policy development and sector development. 2) Northern Gulf community development.
Investigators
Allan Dale (Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Northern Australia; Indigenous Australians; Northern Australia White Paper; Northern Gulf

North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance - North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance

1. Northern Australia Policy Development and Sector Development 2. Northern Gulf Community Development

Indicative Funding
$40,000 over 2 years
Summary
Consultancy: 1. Northern Australia Policy Development and Sector Development 2. Northern Gulf Community Development
Investigators
Allan Dale (Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Northern Australia; Indigenous Australians; Northern Australia White Paper; Northern gulf

Qld Dept of Natural Resources and Mines - Consultancy

DRNM15047-Vegetation Management Policy Liaison

Indicative Funding
$24,552
Summary
Support the Department to liaise with identified stakeholders and other entities in relation to vegetation management policy. Provide a written report on the outcomes of the liaison process. And provide a written report on the outcomes of the liaison process.
Investigators
Allan Dale in collaboration with Jancy McHugh (Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Vegetation Management; Wet Tropics

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Indigenous capacity building and increased participation in management of Queensland sea country

Indicative Funding
$20,000 over 2 years (administered by CSIRO)
Summary
This project will be carried out jointly by CSIRO, North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA), James Cook University, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Duane Fraser.
Investigators
Allan Dale (Cairns Institute)
Keywords
GBRMPA; Capacity building; Traditional Owners; sea country

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Monitoring and adaptively reducing system-wide governance risks facing the GBR

Indicative Funding
$55,537
Summary
Australian governments have addressed water quality issues in the Great Brief Reef over the last decade. While much has improved, more is needed. Reef environmental outcomes, however, depend on the interplay among diverse/fragmented governance 'activities' (eg water allocation, ports-planning, regional NRM). Despite being recognised in the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plant (LTSP), there is no coordinated system for benchmarking/monitoring the health of the overall Reef governance system/constituent activities. NERP supported a new method for doing so This project engages new LTSP implementation/review structures and stakeholders to build commitment to institutionalizing this method. Outputs will inform five-yearly Outlook reporting.
Investigators
Allan Dale in collaboration with Karen Vella (Cairns Institute and Queensland University of Technology)
Keywords
Great Barrier Reef; Water Quality; Sustainability; Governance; Environment; Benchmarking
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • The Drivers of Sustainability in Small Communities in Northern Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Corporate Mining and Petroleum Engagement with Local Indigenous Communities in Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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  • 1 collaboration
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