ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr John Conallin

Dr John Conallin

John Conallin has a decade of international research experience working in different fields within IWRM, and try and encompass the social-ecological values present into management and decision making. His work encourages capacity building of local institutions through research with an emphasis on learning and pragmatism balanced with precision and evidence for use within decision making.

His main research is based on migratory fish within tropical SE Asian river basins such as the Mekong and Ayeyarwady in Myanmar, and mapping their migratory routes so that the information can be used with river basin planning, especially infrastructure planning. The second component of research into migratory fish species is around fish passage and irrigation infrastructure and building local capacity within the responsible organisations to plan, implement and monitor fish passage. The other major research emphasis is environmental flows (eflows) and the institutionalisation and implementation of eflows within developing countries. Currently, he is working on developing a national framework for eflows within Myanmar for use within their water resource management.

Research Interests

  • Fisheries ecology and research
  • Social-ecological systems and approaches
  • Adaptive Management and Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Environmental flows
  • Novel ecosystems - Agro-ecosystems

Bachelor of Science (environmental management and ecology) LaTrobe University

Masters Science (international environmental studies) Roskilde University, Denmark

Masters Science (international environmental policy) Roskilde University, Denmark

PhD  (natural sciences) Roskilde University, Denmark


Peer Reviewed Papers

Watts, R. J., Kopf, R. K., McCasker, N., Howitt, J. A., Conallin, J., Wooden, I. & Baumgartner, L. (2018) Adaptive Management of Environmental Flows: Using Irrigation Infrastructure to Deliver Environmental Benefits During a Large Hypoxic Blackwater Event in the Southern Murray–Darling Basin, Australia. Environmental Management 61: 469-480 DOI 10.1007/s00267-017-0941-1

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

Conalin, J., Campbell, J. & Baumgartner, L. (2018) Using Strategic Adaptive Management to Facilitate Implementation of Environmental Flow Programs in Complex Social-Ecological Systems. Environmental Management. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-018-1091-9

Conallin, J., McLoughlin, C.A., Campbell, J., Knight, R., Bright, T. & Fisher, I. (2018) Stakeholder Participation in Freshwater Monitoring and Evaluation Programs: Applying Thresholds of Potential Concern within Environmental Flows. Environmental Management, doi:10.1007/s00267-017-0940-2.

Conallin, J., Wilson, E. & Campbell, J.  (2018) Implementation of Environmental Flows for Intermittent River Systems: Adaptive Management and Stakeholder Participation Facilitate Implementation. Environmental Management, doi:10.1007/s00267-017-0922-4

Book Chapters

Conallin, J. C., Dickens, C., Hearne, D., & Allan, C. (2017) Stakeholder Engagement in Environmental Water Management. In Horne, A.C., O’Donnell, E.L., Webb, J.A., Stewardson, M.J., Acreman, M. & Richter, B.D.  (Eds)  Water for the Environment: from Policy and Science to Implementation and Management. London, UK: Elsevier Academic Press. pp 129-151.

Kingsford, R., Roux, D.J. , McLoughlin, C.M., Conallin, J. & Norris, V. (2017) Strategic adaptive management (SAM) of intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams.In Datry, T., Bonada, N., Boulton, A. (Eds) Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams. Ecology and Management. Academic Press. pp 535-562.


Current Projects

Sustainable Hydropower and Multipurpose Storage to meet the Water, Food and Energy SDGs. Conallin, J. (2108) IHE Delft 32,000 Euros Project details

Quantifying improved fisheries productivity at fish passage rehabilitation sites in Lao PDR. (2016-2020) Baumgartner, L., Ning, N., Horta, A., Conallin, J. with Thorncraft, G. (National University of Laos), Phonekhampheng, O. (National University of Laos),  Singhanouvong, D. (Living Aquatic Resources Research Centre), Cooper, B. (UniSA)  Marsden,T., (Australasian Fish Passage Services) Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) & USAID, $2.6M (initial funding of $1.8M plus an additional $800,000 in 2018) Project details