Professor Lane has research experience in diverse aspects of environmental policy and management. His particular research foci are: Indigenous environmental management, agri-environmental management, and the social and economic impacts of major resource developments such as mining, forestry and tourism. Forest management and, in particular, the contested transition of forests to conservation tenures, is a particular specialisation.

He has won awards for his research in environmental impact assessment and has been recognised as one of the most cited scholars of planning by the (American) Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. His current work is concerned with social and economic transition in rural landscapes.

Prior to joining James Cook University, Professor Lane was Dean (Academic) of Arts, Education and Law at Griffith University. In this role he had responsibility for academic staff and programs, Internationalisation and marketing. In 2007, Professor Lane was recruited by CSIRO to establish and lead the Social and Economic Sciences Research Program. In five years, this Program grew to 150 scientists located across Australia and deploying to a diverse range of research agendas, including: biosecurity, land and water management, international development, and agriculture.

  • Environmental Management & Planning
  • Political Geography
  • Environmental Policy
  • 2015 to present - Executive Dean, College of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2013 to 2015 - Dean of Arts, Education and Law, Griffith University (Brisbane)
  • 2008 to 2013 - Research Program Leader and Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO
  • 2003 to 2008 - Associate Professor of Geography, University of Adelaide (Adelaide)
  • 2001 - Member, International Association for Society and Natural Resources
  • 2000 - Member, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
  • 1997 - Member, Australian Institute of Geographers
  • 1996 - Member, International Association for Impact Assessment
  • 2008 - Expert Reviewer for Oxford University Press, series in Human Geography.
  • 2005 - Member, Expert Panel for Natural Resource Management, CRC Reef Research Centre, Townsville.
  • 2011 to 2013 - Program Leader (Socioeconomics) of the National Environmental Research Program Tropical Ecosystems Hub
  • 2009 to 2012 - Foundation Chair, CSIRO Social Science Human Subjects Research Ethics Committee.
  • 2005 to 2007 - Invited Member, National Committee for Geography, Australian Academy of Science.

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