Allan has a strong interest in integrated governance systems in the tropics, with a particular focus on northern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. He also has extensive research and policy expertise in governance systems and integrated natural resource management. His past research helped inform the policy and investment foundations for the nation’s regional natural resource management system, and he was also responsible for natural resource policy in the Queensland Government. Allan has also been the past CEO of the Wet Tropics Regional NRM Body and Chair of Regional Development Australia (Far North Queensland and Torres Strait) before returning to this international research role. As Leader – Tropical Regional Development at The Cairns Institute of JCU, he also accesses an international network of research expertise in the governance field, with particularly strong linkages throughout Charles Darwin University, Griffith University and CSIRO.