With a background in agricultural science, and a fascination with the human dimensions of environmental management, Associate Professor Catherine Allan draws on both ecological and sociological knowledge to better understand and influence the management of land and water. Her research revolves around adaptive management of environments and natural resources, especially at regional scales. She is particularly interested in the Social Learning aspects of adaptive management, and is experienced with participatory learning and planning as well as program evaluation. Recently Catherine has undertaken more water and water policy related research. In 2015 The Sustainable Water Strategic Research Area team, included A/Prof Allan were awarded the CSU Vice-chancellor's Team Award for Research Excellence.
Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Melbourne, 1983
Master of Natural Resources, University of New England, 1999
Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University, 2005
External Appointments & Memberships
Board member of the Albury Conservation Company.
Member of the North East CMA’s Science Panel
Peer Reviewed Papers
Schoeman, J., Allan, C., & Finlayson, C.M. (2019) Exploring the Multiple Meanings of Adaptive Management: A Case Study of the Lachlan Catchment in the Murray–Darling Basin. Environmental Management. doi:10.1007/s00267-019-01203-5
Conroy, C., Knight, A.R., Wassens, S., & Allan, C. (2019) Consequences of changed water management for Aboriginal Australians in the Murrumbidgee catchment, NSW. Australian Geographer, 50: 169-184. doi:10.1080/00049182.2018.1545275
Allan, C. & Watts, R. J. (2018) Revealing Adaptive Management of Environmental Flows. Environmental Management 61: 520-533 DOI 10.1007/s00267-017-0931-3
Webb, J. A., Watts, R. J., Allan, C. & Conallin, J.C. (2018) Adaptive Management of Environmental Flows. Environmental Management 61: 339-346 DOI 10.1007/s00267-017-0941-1
Stelling, F., Allan, C., & Thwaites, R. (2017). Nature strikes back or nature heals? Can perceptions of regrowth in a post-agricultural landscape in South-eastern Australia be used in management interventions for biodiversity outcomes? Landscape and Urban Planning, 158, 202-210.
Schoeman, J., Allan,C., & Finlayson,M.C. (2014): A new paradigm for water? A comparative review of integrated, adaptive and ecosystem-based water management in the Anthropocene, International Journal of Water Resources Development, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07900627.2014.907087#.U3AoKig-CGY
Allan, C., Xia, J., & Pahl-Wostl, C. (2013). Climate change and water security: challenges for adaptive water management. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 5, 625-632 doi: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877343513001309
Allan, C, Nguyen P.L, Seddaiu,G, Wilson, B, Roggero, P.P. (2013). Integrating local knowledge with experimental agronomy: case studies on managing cropping systems in Italy and Australia. Italian Journal of Agronomy 8 (2), e15
Allan, C. (2012). Rethinking the 'Project': Bridging the Polarized Discourses in IWRM. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, ifirst, 1-11. doi: 10.1080/1523908X.2012.702012
Allan, C. (2011). Exploring the experience of ten Australian Honours students. Higher Education Research & Development, 30(4), 421-433. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2010.524194
Watts, R. J., Ryder, D. S., Allan, C., & Commens, S. (2010). Using river-scale experiments to inform the adaptive management process for variable flow releases from large dams. Marine and Freshwater Research.
Earl, G., Curtis, A., & Allan, C. (2010). Towards a Duty of Care for Biodiversity Environmental Management, 45, 682-696.
Conallin, J. C., Dickens, C., Hearne, D., & Allan, C. (2017). Stakeholder Engagement in Environmental Water Management. In A. C. Horne, E. L. O’Donnell, J. A. Webb, M. J. Stewardson, M. Acreman, & B. D. Richter (Eds.), Water for the Environment: from Policy and Science to Implementation and Management (pp. 129-151). London, UK: Elsevier Academic Press.
Webb, J.A., Watts, R.J., Allan, C., & Warner, A.T. (2017) Chapter 25: Principles for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Adaptive Management of Environmental Water Regimes. In Horne, A.C., Webb, J.A., Stewardson, M.J., Richter, B., Acreman, M. (Eds.,) Water for the environment: From policy and science to implementation and management (pp. 599-623). Elsevier, London https://www.elsevier.com/books/water-for-the-environment/horne/978-0-12-803907-6
Allan, C., Curtis, A., & Shindler, B. (2012) Watershed scale adaptive management: a social science perspective, Chapter 10 in J. Stanturf (Ed.), Forest Landscape Restoration: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences: Springer
Conference Papers and Proceedings
Hassan, G.Z., Allan, C. & Hassan, F.R. (2019) Historical sustainability of groundwater in Indus Basin of Pakistan. Paper presented at the 3rd World Irrigation Forum of ICID, Bali, Indonesia, September 1-7.
Vella, S., Fuller, G., Mitchell, M., Allan, C., Burmeister, O. (2018) Automated process to create snapshot reports based on the 2016 Murray Community-Based Groups Capacity Survey: User Guide ILWS Report 116
Minato, W., Allan, C. (2017) An evaluation of the Lake Cowal Foundation. A report prepared for The Lake Cowal Foundation. ILWS Report 108
Wilson, A., Dehaan, R., Murray, P., Allan, C., Burns, H., Finlayson, M., Hume, I., Krebs, G., Neilsen, D., Nordblom, T., Wassens, S., Griese, V., Hendy, A., Walcott, A. (2011) Farm Focus Wetland Study Report for the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority Report PDF
Watts R.J., Allan C., Zander A., and Burns A. (2011) Environmental monitoring of pulsed releases from Dartmouth Dam to the Mitta Mitta River in 2009/2010. ILWS Report 63
Living with salinity in the Indus Basin: SRA 2. Mitchell, M., Barrett-Lennard, E., Allan, C. & Punthakey, J. (2019) Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), $88,000 Project details
Improving groundwater management to enhance agriculture and farming livelihoods in Pakistan. (2016-2020) Finlayson, M., Punthakey, J., Allan, C., Mitchell, M. ACIAR & CSU ($100,000), Total value of the project $2,15M Project details
Billabong Yanco Social Research. Allan, C., Mitchell, M. & Minato, W. (2016) Murray LLS, $30,000 Project details
Community groups capacity check. Allan, C. & Mitchell, M. (2015) Murray Local Land Services $29,900 Project details
Environmental Monitoring and Training for Aboriginal Communities. Wassens, S., Allan, C., Whitsed, R. & Bond, J. (2017-2018) NSW OEH, $20,000 Project details
Evaluation of the effectiveness of the Lake Cowal Foundation. Allan, C. (2017) Lake Cowal Foundation Ltd. $25,000
Group Capacity snapshot project. Allan, C. (2017-2018) Murray LLS, $10,000
Improving salinity and agricultural water management in the Indus Basin of Pakistan. Finlayson, M., Allan, C., Culas, R., Mitchell, M., Punthakey, J. (2017) ACIAR, $50,000 Project details
Review of the Murray Landcare Collective and Murray Regional Landcare Facilitator project 2014-2018. Allan, C., and Earl, G. (Murray LLS) (2018) Holbrook Land Care Network, $5000
Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey, Allan, C. (2015) Murray Local Land Services, $14,900 Project details
2011 Review of River Murray System operations adaptive management approach, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, $10 000 (PI)
2010 Evaluation of the Roadside Landholder Engagement Project, Indigo Shire, $9900 (PI)
2010 Rapid Appraisal methods review, for Policy, Governance and Communications Division Industry & Investment NSW, $4000 (PI)
2010-2011 Focus farm wetland Study, Murrumbidgee CMA, Caring For Our Country & NSW Government. $257,000 project (Lead, social research component) Report PDF