John Conallin

PhD, Freshwater Fisheries/Capacity Development and Research, Dr

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John Conallin has over a decade of international research experience working in different fields within IWRM, NRM and Fisheries Management and Ecology, within the broader international focus of food and water secuirty. He emphasises the importance of encompassing the social-ecological values within systems into management and decision making. His work focusses on capacity building through research of local stakeholders (primarily government and NGOs) with an emphasis on learning and pragmatism balanced with precision and aquiring evidence for use within decision making.

His main research is based within SE Asia and involves a focus on migratory fish within large river basins such as the Mekong and Ayeyarwady in Myanmar, which form the basis of food and nutrition security within those river basins.  He conducts research and training of local institutions to work together on mapping the migratory routes of key fish species and how that 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, in this field he is working on developing a national framework for eflows within Myanmar for use within their water resource management.


Research Interests

  • Capacity Development through Research (CDtR)
  • Fisheries management and ecology
  • Social-ecological systems and approaches
  • Adaptive Management and Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Environmental flows
  • Novel ecosystems - Agro-ecosystems

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Natural Sciences), Roskilde University


Award Date: 15 Sept 2009

Master Of Science (International Environmental Policy)


Award Date: 12 May 2005

Science and Society, Master of Science (International Environmental Studies), Roskilde University


Award Date: 15 Jul 2004

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management and Ecology), La Trobe University


Award Date: 01 Jan 1998

External positions

M&E and Science Coordinator, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

01 Jan 201431 Jan 2001

Natural Resource Management Consultant, JC NRM Consulting

2013 → …

Catchment Officer- Water, Murray Catchment Management Authority



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