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I began my professional career helping farmers reclaim drifting sand dunes in the South Australian Mallee, then moved to supporting groups in Victoria with activities as diverse as managing their creek frontages to maintain populations of Trout Cod, to fostering group management skills to maintain Landcare groups. A common thread throughout my agency employment was working with, and learning from, the people who manage the land. Indeed, as I learned more about environmental management I came to appreciate that humans are part of a complex, dynamic social-ecosystem.

Since commencing employment at CSU in 2004 both my teaching and research have centred on predominantly social aspects of this social-ecosystem. My research interests include regional scale adaptive management, and the related topics of participatory approaches and social learning. I am particularly interested in qualitative research approaches, including participatory and collaborative research which empowers communities. I also employ analysis of social discourse to better understand the rural societies in which we live.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Charles Sturt University

Master of Natural Resources, University of New England

Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Melbourne

External positions

Program Leader (Investing in High Performance Soils), High Performance Soils CRC

2018 → …

Board member, Albury Conservation Company

2010 → …

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Research Output 2002 2019

adaptive management

The opportunities and risks of the soil security metaphor: A review

Allan, C., 18 Aug 2019, In : Sustainability (Switzerland). 11, 16, p. 1-10 10 p., 4464.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
soil science
interdisciplinary approach
11 Citations (Scopus)

Adaptive Management of Environmental Flows

Webb, J. A., Watts, R. J., Allan, C. & Conallin, J. C., Mar 2018, In : Environmental Management. 61, 3, p. 339-346 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

adaptive management
decision making
Decision making
Environmental management


2015 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence (Research Excellence)

Robyn Watts (Recipient), James Abell (Recipient), C Allan (Recipient), Carmen Amos (Recipient), Mariagrazia Bellio (Recipient), Bradley K. Clarke-Wood (Recipient), Colin Finlayson (Recipient), Tamsin Greenwood (Recipient), Andrew Hall (Recipient), Julia Howitt (Recipient), Paul Humphries (Recipient), Kim Jenkins (Recipient), Richard Kopf (Recipient), Nicole McCasker (Recipient), Wayne Robinson (Recipient), Veronique Janel (Recipient), Skye Wassens (Recipient), Benjamin Wolfenden (Recipient) & Alek Zander (Recipient), 05 Aug 2015

Prize: Award


Press / Media

Managing groundwater for farmers in Pakistan

C. Max Finlayson, C Allan & Michael Mitchell


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Award for water researchers

Robyn Watts, James Abell, C Allan, Carmen Amos, Mariagrazia Bellio, Bradley K. Clarke-Wood, Colin Finlayson, Tamsin Greenwood, Andrew Hall, Julia Howitt, Paul Humphries, Kim Jenkins, Richard Kopf, Nicole McCasker, Wayne Robinson, Skye Wassens, Benjamin Wolfenden & Alek Zander


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media