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

Full Publications List CRO Research Outputs

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Ko, N.T., Suter, P., Conallin, J., Rutten, M. & Bogaard, T. (2020). The Urgent Need for River Health Biomonitoring Tools for Large Tropical Rivers in Developing Countries: Preliminary Development of a River Health Monitoring Tool for Myanmar Rivers. Water 12: 1408.

Lynch, A.J., Baumgartner, L.J., Boys, C.A., Conallin, J., Cowx, I.G., Finlayson, C.M., Franklin, P.A., Hogan, Z., Koehn, J.D., McCartney, M.P., O’Brien, G., Phouthavong, K., Silva, L.G.M., Tob, C.A., Valbo-Jørgensen, J., Vu, A.V, Whiting, L., Wibowo, A.,  Duncan, P. (2019). Speaking the same language: can the sustainable development goals translate the needs of inland fisheries into irrigation decisions? Marine and Freshwater Research.

Baumgartner, L.J., Deng, Z., Ning, N., Conallin, J. & Lynch, A. (2019). Irrigation, fisheries and sustainable development goals: the importance of working collaboratively to end world hunger and malnutrition. Marine and Freshwater Research. 70: ii-iii.

Anderson, E.P., Jackson, S., Tharme, R.E., Douglas, M., Flotemersch, J.E., Zwarteveen, M., Lokgariwar, C., Montoya, M., Wali, A., Tipa, G.T., Jardine, T.D., Olden, J.D., Cheng, L., Conallin, J., Cosens, B., Dickens, C., Garrick, D., Groenfeldt, D., Kabogo, J., Roux, D.J., Ruhi, A. & Arthington, A.H. (2019). Understanding rivers and their social relations: A critical step to advance environmental water management, WIREs Water

Conallin, J.C., Baumgartner, L.J., Lunn, Z., Akester, M., Win, N., Tun, N.N., Nyunt, M.M.M., Swe, A, M., Chan, N., Cowx, I.G. (2019). Migratory fishes in Myanmar rivers and wetlands: challenges for sustainable development between irrigation water control infrastructure and sustainable inland capture fisheries. Marine and Freshwater Research.

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.

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


Thorncraft, G., Baumgartner, L., Mallen-Cooper, M., Thew, P., Conallin, J., Phonekhampheng, O., Phommavong, T., Robinson, W. & Vorsane, P. (2020). Houay Mak Hiew Fishway: Concept design report. Charles Sturt University and National University of Laos

Conallin, J. & Baumgartner, L. (2019) Myanmar Fish Passage Initiative: Crawford Fund Masterclass in Fish Passage Engineering Design, Construction, Ecology and Monitoring. Report prepared for the Crawford Fund

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

Modernising irrigated agriculture to protect and restore aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services in SE Asia. Baumgartner, L., Finlayson, M., Conallin, J. (2019-2021) Australian Water Partnership/UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) $484,107 Project details

Quantifying biophysical and community impacts of improved fish passage in Lao PDR and Myanmar.  (2016-2021) 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

Sustainable Hydropower and Multipurpose Storage to meet the Water, Food and Energy SDGs. Conallin, J. (2018-2020) (Contract extension) IHE Delft 35,000 Euros. Total value 67,500 Euros Project details

Translating fish passage research outcomes into policy and legislation across South East Asia. Baumgartner, L., Robinson, W., Ning, N., Conallin, J., Bond, J., Pawsey, N. (2020-2023) ACIAR, $1,956,187