Allan is a Professor of Tropical Regional Development at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University. He has a strong interest in integrated societal governance, with a particular focus across the tropical world, northern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. Allan has both extensive research and policy expertise in building strong societal governance systems, but particularly regarding regional, rural and social development and natural resource management.
Allan has been the past Chair of RDA FNQ&TS, CEO of Terrain NRM and before that was responsible for natural resource policy and social impact assessment in Queensland. He is also now the Chief Scientist for the Collaborative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia and an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow with Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute.