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

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

  • 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

Link to Research Publications

Professor Allan Dale


T: +61 418 736 422

The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
Cairns, QLD



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