Professor Allan Dale

University Fellow

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 Australian 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 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 of 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.

Research Interests

  • 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

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Publications & Resources


Dale, A. (2014). Beyond the north-south culture wars: Reconciling northern australia's recent past with its future. SpringerBriefs in Geography. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-05597-8_1.

Book Chapters

Dale A, Vella K, Potts R, Voyce B, Stevenson BCottrell AKing DBabacan HBoon H, Gooch M and Pert P (2016) Applying social resilience concepts and indicators to support climate adaptation in tropical North Queensland, Australia. In: Climate Adaptation Governance in Cities and Regions: theoretical fundamentals and practical evidence (pp. 23-43). Chichester, UK: Wiley.

Van Oosterzee, P., Preece, N., & Dale, A. (2012). An Australian landscape-based approach: AFOLU mitigation for smallholders. In: Climate Change Mitigation and Agriculture (pp. 193-202). Abingdon, Oxon: Earthscan.

Journal Articles

Potts, R., Vella, K., Dale, A., & Sipe, N. (in press). Exploring the usefulness of structural-functional approaches to analyse governance of planning systems. Planning Theory, 1-28. 

Van Oosterzee, P., Dale, A., & Preece, N.D. (in press). Integrating agriculture and climate change mitigation at landscape scale: implications from an Australian case study. Global Environmental Change. 

Vella, K., & Dale, A. (in press). An approach for adaptive and integrated environmental planning to deal with uncertainty in a Great Barrier Reef Catchment. Australian Planner, 1-17. 

Vella, K.J., Sipe, N., Dale, A., & Taylor, B.V. (in press). Not learning from the past: adaptive governance challenges for Australian natural resource management. Geographical Research.

Dale A, Vella K, Pressey RBrodie J, Gooch M, Potts R and Eberhard R (2016) Risk analysis of the governance system affecting outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef. Journal of Environmental Management, 183 (Part 3). pp. 712-721

McShane CTurnour J, Thompson M, Dale A, Prideaux B and Atkinson M (2016) Connections: the contribution of social capital to regional development. Rural Society, 25 (2). pp. 154-169

Potts R, Vella K, Dale A and Sipe N (2016) Evaluating governance arrangements and decision making for natural resource management planning: an empirical application of the Governance Systems Analysis framework. Society and Natural Resources, 29 (11). pp. 1325-1341

Alvarez-Romero, J.G., Adams, V.M., Pressey, R.L., Douglas, M., Dale, A., Augé, A.A.R., Ball, D., Childs, J., Digby, M., Dobbs, R.J., Gobius, N., Hinchley, D., Lancaster, I., Maughan, M., & Perdrisat, I. (2015). Integrated cross-realm planning: a decision-makers' perspective. Biological Conservation, 191, 799-808.

Dale, A., Vella, K.J., & Cottrell, A. (2015). Can social resilience inform SA/SIA for adaptive planning for climate change in vulnerable regions? Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 7(1), 93-104.

Davis, J., O'Grady, A.P., Dale, A., Arthington, A.H., Gell, P.A., Driver, P.D., Bond, N., Casanova, M., Finlayson, C.M., Watts, R.J., Capon, S.J., Nagelkerken, I., Tingley, R., Fry, B., Page, T.J., & Specht, A. (2015). When trends intersect: the challenge of protecting freshwater ecosystems under multiple land use and hydrological intensification scenarios. Science of the Total Environment, 534,  65-78.

Pert, P., Hill, R., Maclean, K., Dale, A., Rist, P., Schmider, J., Talbot, L.D., & Tawake, L. (2015). Mapping cultural ecosystem services with rainforest aboriginal peoples: integrating biocultural diversity, governance and social variation. Ecosystem Services, 13, 41-56.

Potts, R., Vella, K.J., Dale, A., & Sipe, N. (2015). A study of governance arrangements for land use and natural resource management planning in Cape York Peninsula. Australian Geographer, 46(3), 389-409.

Sayer, J.A., Margules, C.R., Bohnet, I., Boedhihartono, A.K., Pierce, R., Dale, A., & Andrews, K. (2015). The role of citizen science in landscape and seascape approaches to integrating conservation and development. Land, 4(4), 1200-1212.

Sayer, J.A., Margules, C.R., Boedhihartono, A.K., Dale, A., Sunderland, T.C.H., Supriatna, J., & Saryanthi, R. (2015). Landscape approaches; what are the pre-conditions for success? Sustainability Science, 10(2), 345-355.

Stephens, A., Oppermann, E., Turnour, J.P., Brewer, T., O'Brien, C., Rayner, T., & Dale, A. (2015). Identifying tensions in the development of northern Australia: implications for governance. Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 17(1).

Dale, A., Vella, K.J., & McKee, J. (2014). Analysing governance of Australia's system of landscape-based greenhouse gas abatement. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21(4), 378-395.

Dale, A., Pressey, R.L., Adams, V.M., Alvarez Romero, J.G., Digby, M., Dobbs, R, et al. (2014). Catchment-scale governance in Northern Australia: a preliminary evaluation. Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 16(1), 1-27.

Dale, A., Vella, K.J., & McKee, J. (2014). Analysing governance of Australia's system of landscape-based greenhouse gas abatement. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21(4), 378-395.

Dale, A., Vella, K.J., Pressey, R.L., Brodie, J.E., Yorkston, H., & Potts, R. (2013). A method for risk analysis across governance systems: a Great Barrier Reef case study. Environmental Research Letters, 8(1), 1-16.

Dale, A., Vella, K.J., & Potts, R. (2013). Governance Systems Analysis (GSA): a framework for reforming governance systems. Journal of Public Administration and Governance, 3(3), 162-187.

Dale, A., McKee, J., Vella, K.J., & Potts, R. (2013). Carbon, biodiversity and regional natural resource planning: towards high impact next generation plans. Australian Planner, 328-339.

Grech, A.M., Bos, M.D., Brodie, J.E., Coles, R.G., Dale, A., Gilbert, R., et al (2013). Guiding principles for the improved governance of port and shipping impacts in the Great Barrier Reef. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 8-20.

Hill, R., Williams, K.J., Pert, P.L., Robinson, C.J., Dale, A.,Westcott, D.A., Grace, R.A., & O'Malley, T. (2010). Adaptive community-based biodiversity conservation in Australia's tropical rainforests. Environmental Conservation, 37(1), 73-82.

Pert, P.L., Hill, R., Williams, K.J., Harding, E.K., O'Malley, T., Grace, R.A., Dale, A.P., Bohnet, I., & Butler, J.R.L.A. (2010). Scenarios for community-based approaches to biodiversity conservation: a case study from the Wet Tropics, Queensland, Australia. Australian Geographer, 41(3), 285-306.

Dale, A. (2010). Book review of "Contested Country: local and regional natural resources management in Australia" by Marcus Lane, Cathy Robinson and Bruce Taylor (eds), CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia, ISBN 978-0-643-09586-1. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 17(3), 188-189.

van Oosterzee, P., Preece, N., & Dale, A. (2010). Catching the baby: accounting for biodiversity and the ecosystem sector in emissions trading. Conservation Letters, 3(2), 83-90.

Kroon, F.J., Robinson, C.J., & Dale, A.P. (2009). Integrating knowledge to inform water quality planning in the Tully–Murray basin, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 60(11), 1183-1188.

Lane, M.B., Ross, H., Dale, A.P., & Rickson, R.E. (2003). Sacred land, mineral wealth, and biodiversity at Coronation Hill, Northern Australia: indigenous knowledge and SIA. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 21(2), 89-98.

Conference Proceedings & Papers

Bohnet, I., Hill, R., Turton, S.M., Bell, R., Hilbert, D., Hinchley, D., Pressey, R.L., Rainbird, P-M., Standley, P., Cvitanovic, C., Crowley, G.M., Curnock, M., Dale, A., Lyons, P., Moran, C.L., & Pert, P. (2013). Supporting Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations to update their NRM plans for adaptation to climate change. Proceedings of the 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. In: MODSIM2013: 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 1-6 December 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Vella, K.J., Dale, A., Cottrell, A., & Gooch, M.J. (2012). Assessing community resilience to climate change. Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium. 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, QLD, Australia

Cottrell, A., King, D.C., & Dale, A. (2011). Planning for uncertainty: disasters, social resilience and climate change. Proceedings of the 3rd World Planning Schools Congress. In: WPSC 2011 3rd World Planning Schools Congress, 4-8 July 2011, Perth, WA, Australia

Vella, K.J., Dale, A., Cottrell, A., Pert, P.L., Stevenson, R., Boon, H.J., et al. (2011). Towards more effective adaptive planning: measuring and reporting social resilience in vulnerable coastal communities facing climate change in tropical Queensland. Proceedings of the 3rd World Planning Schools Congress. In: WPSC 2011 3rd World Planning Schools Congress, 4-8 July 2011, Perth, WA, Australia

Vella, K.J., Dale, A., Reghenzani, J., Sing, N., & Parker, D. (2011). An approach for adaptive and integrated agricultural planning to deal with uncertainty in a Great Barrier Reef Catchment. Proceedings of the 3rd World Planning Schools Congress. In: WPSC 2011 3rd World Planning Schools Congress, 4-8 July 2011, Perth, WA, Australia

Research Reports

Dale, A., Potts, R., & Vella, K. (2016). An analysis of key governance domains affecting environment outcomes and their social and economic consequences in the Great Barrier Reef: core data tables. Report. James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

Turnour, J., McShane, C., Thompson, M., Dale, A., Prideaux, B., & Atkinson, M. (2013). Accounting for agriculture in place-based frameworks for regional development: discussion paper. Report. Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

Preece, N., van Oosterzee, P., Dale, A., Eberhard, R., Armstrong, G., Vella, K., & Sweatman, C. (2013). Resilience and Opportunity: regions and the roll-out of Australia's greenhouse gas abatement programs - a manual for Queensland's NRM regions. Manual. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

Babacan, H., Dale, A., Andrews, P., Beazley, L., Horstman, M., Campbell, A., et al. (2012). Science engagement and tropical Australia: building a prosperous and sustainable future for the north. Report. Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Kingston, ACT

Dale, A., Vella, K., Cottrell, A., Pert, P., Stephenson, B., Boon, H., et al. (2011). Conceptualising, evaluating and reporting social resilience in vulnerable regional and remote communities facing climate change in tropical Queensland. Report. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

Professional Positions & Memberships

  • Chair of Regional Development Australia, Far North QLD and Torres Strait
  • 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)
  • Member of the Queensland Water Act Referral Panel 

Professor Allan Dale


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The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
Cairns, QLD



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