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Personal profile

Personal profile

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.

Research Interests

  • Adaptive environmental management
  • Environmental sociology
  • Rural sociology
  • Social ecological systems
  • Participatory processes, social learning and co-design

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 29 Apr 2005

Master of Natural Resources, University of New England

Award Date: 09 Oct 1999

Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 09 Apr 1983

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

  • 13 Downloads (Pure)

    Jumping Off the treadmill: Transforming NRM to systemic governing with systemic co-inquiry

    Allan, C., Ison, R. L., Colliver, R., Mumaw, L., Mackay, M., Perez-Mujica, L. & Wallis, P., 14 Feb 2020, In : Policy Studies. 41, 4, p. 1-22 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Living with Salinity in the Indus Basin: SRA 2: Final report. (SRA Project No. WAC/2019/102)

    Mitchell, M., Allan, C., Punthakey, J., Barrett-Lennard, E., Heaney-Mustafa, S., Lashari, B., Baig, I. A. & Hussain, I., Jan 2020, Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). 28 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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    Opportunities for improving NRM governance in Victoria: A report of a systemic co-inquiry 2015-2017 Report No. 138

    Mackay, M., Colliver, R., Wallis, P. J., Ison, R., Davidson, S. & Allan, C., 31 Mar 2020, Albury: Institute for Land, Water and Society Charles Sturt University. 30 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  • 3 Downloads (Pure)

    Community involvement in water management in Punjab, Pakistan: A strategy to sustainability of livelihoods of farmers

    Akhtar, S., Zeeshan, M., Allan, C. & Mitchell, M., Nov 2019, p. 55-56. 2 p.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • Prizes

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

    Watts, Robyn (Recipient), James Abell (Recipient), Allan, Catherine (Recipient), Carmen Amos (Recipient), Bellio, Mariagrazia (Recipient), Bradley K. Clarke-Wood (Recipient), Finlayson, Max (Recipient), Tamsin Greenwood (Recipient), Hall, Andrew (Recipient), Howitt, Julia (Recipient), Humphries, Paul (Recipient), Jenkins, Kim (Recipient), Kopf, Keller (Recipient), McCasker, Nicole (Recipient), Robinson, Wayne (Recipient), Veronique Janel (Recipient), Wassens, Skye (Recipient), Wolfenden, Ben (Recipient) & Zander, Alek (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