John Leake

Associate Professor John Leake

Associate Professor

Centre for Global Food and Resources

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Biography
John Leake has spent over 30 years of his working life in Asia, Africa and Australia in planning for development and natural resource management. This has evolved into an interest in experiential learning and in the social and biophysical processes leading to improved resource use and recycling in a world expecting to sustain 9 billion people in a time of accelerated climate change.

He has consulted to a wide range of national and multinational clients and the private sector, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, AusAID, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland and many UN agencies, notably IFAD, UNDP, UNDCP, GEF and FAO/WB CP.

He was an Associate Professor of Development Studies, Discipline of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide since 2014 where he contributed to the education being provided through Development Studies by taking interns since 2008.

He is now an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Professions, Centre for Global Food and Resources where he assists PhD and Masters students with research related to thesis writing in regions he is experienced including: 34 countries in Asia, (S.E, Central, East, and South Asia), Africa, mainly East and the Middle East, (Iran and the UAE). He is also experienced in most states and territories of Australia, particularly the Murray Darling Basin, the Northern Territory, the West Australian Wheat Belt and the Kimberly. .

He was a speaker at the 2001 Adelaide Festival of Ideas on the subject, Salt Water and the Limits of Growth and has a long association with Research related to salinity in most states of Australia, USA and Asia.

He holds a master’s degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne and a PhD resulting from an invited thesis on Risk Reduction in Natural Resource Management, based on an evaluation of the international response to Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.

He has served on the Natural Resources Management Council of South Australia and developed of a method of auditing the results of NRM investments in the field for the Natural Resource Management Commission of NSW and assisted in carrying out audits for over half of NSW including most of the Murray Darling Basin.

He has been instrumental in setting up several businesses in the agricultural sector related to consulting, research and project development, notably MPW Rural Development, which merged with Coffey Partners International to list on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1990 as Coffey International Limited, the Institute for International Development Limited and Environmental Risk Science and Audit (to 2017).

He is the author of several ground breaking reports as well as a book, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers. The subjects covered include; rangeland management, disaster risk management in NRM, Bio sequestration of carbon and land rehabilitation, particularly in saline and mined sites. He has spun off companies specialising in saline agronomy (see www.nypa.com.au) and land rehabilitation, see (www.landrepairaustralia.com.au )

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2018 Leake, J. E. (2018). Book review of Sustainable Land Management in Greater Central Asia: An Integrated and Regional Perspective edited by Victor R. Squires and Lu Qi. Pastoralism.
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    2018 Leake, J. E. (2018). Transformational Change in Environmental and Natural Resource Management. A Guidelines for Policy Excellence, edited by Michael D. Young and Christine Esau. Published by Routledge, Earthscan from Routledge London and New York, 2016, pp. 234, ISBN: 978-1-1. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 62(3), 501-503.
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    2018 Sabzalian, M. R., Dayani, S., & Torkian, M. (2018). Comparison of Distichlis spicata and Suaeda aegptiaca in response to water salinity: Candidate halophyte species for saline soils remediation.. International Journal of Phytoremediation.
    2014 Leake, J. E. (2014). Cyclone Response in Myanmar: learning from the past. Asian agri-history.
    2011 Kirby, T., Leake, J. E., & Granger, K. (2011). Recovering from Disasters, T Kirby, J Leake & K Granger NZ Chartered Accountants Journal December 2011. NZ Chartered Accountants Journal.
    2011 Kirby, T., Leake, J. E., & Granger, K. (2011). Recovering from Disasters, T Kirby, J Leake & K Granger NZ Chartered Accountants Journal December 2011. NZ Chartered Accountants Journal.
    2008 Leake, J. E. (2008). "Biosphere carbon stock management: Addressing the threat of abrupt climate change in the next few decades." By Peter Read. An editorial comment.. CLIMATIC CHANGE, 87(3-4), 329-334.
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    2008 Leake, J. E. (2008). Editorial comment on proposals for Bio-sequestration of Carbon,. Climatic Change.
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    2008 Leake, J. E., & Morison, J. (2008). Land Repair Fund; a model for exploiting the nexus between land repair, improved production and profit. Australian Agribusiness Review.
    2007 Marcum, K. B., Yensen, N. P., & Leake, J. E. (2007). Genotypic variation in salinity tolerance of Distichlis spicata turf ecotypes. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 47(12), 1506.
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    1980 Leake, J. E. (1980). The livestock Industry of Indonesia Bureau of Indonesian Economic Studies ANU Canberra. Bureau of Indonesian Economic Studies, XVI No 1.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2013 Leake, J. E. (2013). Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar Risk Reduction in Natural Resource Management. Thaksin University Press.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2019 Leake, J. E. (2019). Land Degradation, Biodiversity and Productivity: Pressing Issues in Management of the World’s Drylands – A Synthesis. In V. Squires (Ed.), Drylands: Biodiversity, Management and Conservation. NOVA Science Publishers.
    2019 Leake, J. E. (2019). Halophytes; Genetics, Production and Profit. In S. Attia-Ismail (Ed.), Handbook for Salinity Management. Nova.
    2018 Habaros, G., & Leake, J. E. (2018). Are outcomes that are vital for the survival of mankind achievable in an era of global warming?. In L. Trowbridge (Ed.), A Better World Volume 4 (Vol. 4, pp. 65-68). Tudor Rose.
    2018 Habaros, G., & Leake, J. E. (2018). Are outcomes that are vital for the survival of mankind achievable in an era of global warming?. In L. Trowbridge (Ed.), A Better World Volume 4 (Vol. 4, pp. 65-68). Tudor Rose.
    2012 Leake, J. E. (2012). Rangeland Stewardship in Central Asia; Balancing Improved Livelihoods, Biodiversity Conservation and Land Protection
    Chapter 18 Conclusions and The Way Forward. In V. Squires (Ed.), Rangeland Stewardship in Central Asia Balancing Improved Livelihoods, Biodiversity Conservation and Land Protection (pp. 431-448). Springer Science & Business Media.

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    2005 Leake, J. E. (2005). Dry Land Salinity in Australia: Defining the Problem, Searching for Solutions. In V. Squires, L. Q. Yang, & Y. Youlin (Eds.), Regional Review of CCD Implementation and Best Practices in Asia and the Pacific. Case studies from Australia, China, Mongolia, Thailand and Vietnam (first ed., pp. 69-75). Korea: China Environmental Science Press.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2011 Leake, J. E. (2011). FAO East Asian Regional consultation. Gansu Province China, on grassland restoration, prepared and delivered a presentation on the potential for carbon markets to contribute to the costs of grassland restoration in Asia. Poster session presented at the meeting of FAO East Asian Regional consultation. Gansu Province China,. Gansu Province China.
    2007 Leake, J. E. (2007). The role of NyPa Distichlis spp. Cultivars in altering groundwater & soil conditions – a work in progress July 2003. Poster session presented at the meeting of Salinity Seminar. Hydrological Society of South Australia, Australian Geomechanics Society, South Australian Chapter, and International Association of Hydrogeologists, Australian National Chapter.. Adelaide: Institute for International Development.
    2001 Leake, J. E. (2001). National Dry Land Salinity Program; Key note speaker second Day ‘Salinity Stocktake’ Bendigo November 2000. Poster session presented at the meeting of National Dry Land Salinity Program; ‘Salinity Stocktake’. Bendigo.
    2001 Leake, J. E. (2001). Salt of the Earth. Water Salt and the limits of growth,. Poster session presented at the meeting of Adelaide Festival of Ideas. Adelaide: Institute for International Development.
    1999 Leake, J. E. (1999). An introduction, the place of Halophytes in the Australian landscape. Poster session presented at the meeting of Productive use of Saline lands conference. Naracoorte.
    1993 Falvey, L., & Leake, J. (1993). Sustainable Management for Livestock: Mongolia. Invited Speaker, First Plenary Session of the 7th World Conference on Animal Production, Edmonton Canada. Poster session presented at the meeting of First Plenary Session of the 7th World Conference on Animal Production, Edmonton, Alberta Canada, June 28-July 2, 1993. Volume 1. Edmonton, Alberta Canada.
    1993 Falvey, L., & Leake, J. (1993). Sustainable Management for Livestock: Mongolia. Invited Speaker, First Plenary Session of the 7th World Conference on Animal Production, Edmonton Canada. Poster session presented at the meeting of First Plenary Session of the 7th World Conference on Animal Production, Edmonton, Alberta Canada, June 28-July 2, 1993. Volume 1. Edmonton, Alberta Canada.
    1993 Leake, J. E. (1993). Sustainable Management of Mongolian Grasslands. Poster session presented at the meeting of Partnerships for Change - Environmental Practice in the 1990's. Darling Harbour Sydney.
    1981 Falvey, L., & Leake, J. (1981). The role of monitoring, evaluation and research stages in rural development programs. No.22 monitoring the dynamics of rural development programs. Sub-theme E for Rural Development Conference.. Poster session presented at the meeting of No.22 monitoring the dynamics of rural development programs. Sub-theme E for Rural Development Conference.. Australia.
    1981 Falvey, L., & Leake, J. (1981). The role of monitoring, evaluation and research stages in rural development programs. No.22 monitoring the dynamics of rural development programs. Sub-theme E for Rural Development Conference.. Poster session presented at the meeting of No.22 monitoring the dynamics of rural development programs. Sub-theme E for Rural Development Conference.. Australia.
  • Working Paper

    Year Citation
    2007 Leake, J. E., & Flannery, T. (2007). Rehabilitation of tropical and subtropical areas as a means for the bio sequestration of Carbon. Leake J E and Flannery Tim 2006-2007. Institute for International DevelopmentLtd (IID).
    2006 Leake, J., & Flannery, T. (2006). A review of estimates for the potential for bio sequestration in the tropics, Leake J E & Flannery Tim 2007. Institute for International Development Ltd (IID).
    2006 Leake, J., & Flannery, T. (2006). A review of estimates for the potential for bio sequestration in the tropics, Leake J E & Flannery Tim 2007. Institute for International Development Ltd (IID).
    1993 Leake, J. E. (1993). A planting system to utilise high protein leguminous shrubs as a fodder reserve and erosion protection system in semi-arid environments. 1972, updated 1978.. Institute for International Development Ltd (IID).
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2011 Leake, J. E. (2011). Strategic Planning in a Ceasefire Zone Pa-O Southern Shan State, 2016 (the first strategic plan in a ceasefire zone since the promulgation of the new constitution of Myanmar). Institute for International Development Ltd.
    1992 Leake, J. E. (1992). A fencing scheme to maximise use of erratic rains in arid and semiarid regions in northern Australia, 1974, 1978, 1985.1992. Institute for International Development Ltd (IID).
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2009 - 2011 Member Natural Resources Management Council South Australian Australia
    2002 - 2004 Advisory Board Member Azerbaijan Rural Credit Project Management Review Committee World Bank Azerbaijan
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2019 - 2019 Department for International Development (DIFID) and Pa-O Myanmar office Business and professional Myanmar
    2018 - 2019 Private Clients, for an Australian Food Future Fund Development investment Business and professional Australia
    2017 - 2017 Royal Government of Bhutan Livestock and Veterinary Department Conservation and environment Bhutan
    2016 - 2019 Asian Development Bank ADB Community Development Farming and related Myanmar
    2014 - 2014 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland International development Legislative and political Myanmar
    2014 - 2014 Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) International cooperation Scientific research Myanmar
    2014 - 2014 Community Macadamia Nut Cluster Community Forestry Farming and related Myanmar
    2013 - 2014 GIZ Myanmar unit Conservation and environment Myanmar
    2013 - 2014 Private Client Export Business and professional Australia
    2012 - 2012 Swiss Development Corporation International development (SDC) Conservation and environment Myanmar
    2011 - 2012 Pa-O Special administrative zone government Communtiy development Legislative and political Myanmar
    2011 - 2011 UNDP-GEF Environment Conservation and environment Viet Nam
    2011 - 2011 UNDP GEF Environment Conservation and environment Kyrgyzstan
    2011 - 2011 Rex Minerals Environment Business and professional Australia
    2011 - 2011 Pacific Group of Companies Environment IP Business and professional Australia
    2010 - 2012 Norwegian Embassy in Thailand Myanmar Section Conservation and environment Myanmar
    2010 - 2011 AusAid AusAid Development gateway Conservation and environment Australia
    2010 - 2010 Tripartite group; Asean, UN, & Government of Myanmar UNDP support group Conservation and environment Myanmar
    2010 - 2010 UNDP-GEF Environment Conservation and environment Kazakhstan
    2010 - 2010 UNDP-GEF Environment Conservation and environment Kyrgyzstan
    2009 - 2011 Natural Resource Management Council of South Australia NRM Boards and the Council Conservation and environment Australia
    2009 - 2009 UNDP- GEF GEF unit Farming and related Azerbaijan
    2008 - 2012 Natural Resource Commission of NSW (NRC) Audit and and assurance Conservation and environment Australia
    2006 - 2007 Private Group of Clients Coorong Angas meats and Darialda Meats Business and professional Australia
    2006 - 2007 Private Client Development Business and professional Australia
    2006 - 2006 USAID Agricultural department Farming and related Timor-Leste
    2006 - 2006 UNDP/GEF Ministry of Environment Conservation and environment Azerbaijan
    2005 - 2005 Institute for International Development (IID) Development Fund Civil rights activities Myanmar
    2004 - 2005 Water Industry Alliance Market development Business and professional Australia
    2004 - 2004 Dulwich centre Dulwich Centre Foundation Civil rights activities Papua New Guinea
    2003 - 2004 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Technical department Business and professional Australia
    2003 - 2003 Kish Island Development Authority Airport Development Conservation and environment Iran, Islamic Republic of
    2002 - 2004 Azerbaijan Rural Credit Project World Bank Baku office Business and professional Azerbaijan
    2001 - 2001 NyPa Incorporated Phytoremediation Conservation and environment United States
    2001 - 2001 Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat Conservation and environment Cambodia
    2000 - 2001 Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat Conservation and environment Cambodia
    2000 - 2000 Land and Water Austealia National Dry Land Salinity Program Conservation and environment Australia
    1999 - 1999 United Nations Drag Control Project (UNDCP) Alternative Development Farming and related Viet Nam
    1998 - 1999 Asian Development Bank Livestock Department Farming and related Thailand
    1998 - 1998 United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) Alternative development Legislative and political Myanmar
    1997 - 1998 United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP ) Development Farming and related Viet Nam
    1997 - 1998 Coonamble Beef Cattle fattening and marketing Cooperative Committee in Council Farming and related Australia
    1997 - 1997 Australian International Development Bureau (AIDAB) Private sector linkage program Farming and related Lao People's Democratic Republic
    1997 - 1997 Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) World Bank Cooperative program Conservation and environment China
    1997 - 1997 United Nations Drug Control Programme Office of Project Services Business and professional Viet Nam
    1996 - 1997 United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) OPS Conservation and environment Myanmar
    1995 - 1995 Asian Development Bank Livestock Farming and related Nepal
    1995 - 1995 Australian Dairy Corporation Export Business and professional Viet Nam
    1994 - 1994 WA department of Agriculture Livestock processing Conservation and environment Australia
    1994 - 1994 World Bank Livestock Farming and related Iran, Islamic Republic of
    1994 - 1994 South Australian Natural Resource Council NRC Conservation and environment Australia
    1993 - 1994 Lower Eyre Peninsula Economic Development authority Agriculture Business and professional Australia
    1992 - 1992 Asian Development Bank (ADB) Agriculture Business and professional Mongolia
    1992 - 1992 International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Investment Farming and related Australia
    1992 - 1992 Dairy feedlot Environmental section Farming and related Australia
    1992 - 1992 E& WS Department of South Australia Bolivar Conservation and environment Australia
    1992 - 1992 World Bank Agriculture Business and professional Russian Federation
    1991 - 1993 Wimmera Industrial Minerals Environmental programme Conservation and environment Australia
    1991 - 1991 Penrice Soda Products Salt production unit Business and professional Australia
    1991 - 1991 International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Investment Farming and related China
    1990 - 1991 District Council of Light CED Conservation and environment Australia
    1990 - 1990 Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation (AMLC) Scientific Studies Business and professional Australia
    1990 - 1990 Kinhill Engineers Kinhill Delfin MFP Joint Venture Business and professional Australia
    1989 - 1999 Subud Foundation Livestock indutry Farming and related Indonesia
    1989 - 1989 World Bank Livestock Business and professional Uganda
    1989 - 1989 IFAD Investment Centre Farming and related China
    1988 - 1996 Private client Development Business and professional Australia
    1988 - 1996 Asian Development Bank Livestock Conservation and environment Bhutan
    1988 - 1988 University of Adelaide, Luminus Luminus Business and professional Australia
    1988 - 1988 World Bank China division Farming and related China
    1988 - 1988 SAFCOL Development, Thai entity Business and professional China
    1987 - 1987 IFAD Investment centre Business and professional Bhutan
    1986 - 1986 FAO/ IFAD Investment centre Farming and related China
    1985 - 1989 AusAid Development assistance Farming and related Uganda
    1985 - 1986 Private Israeli client Investment Business and professional Australia
    1985 - 1985 ASPAC AusTrade promotion Advocacy China
    1985 - 1985 Private client Investment Business and professional Indonesia
    1984 - 1985 Department of Premier and Cabinet of Western Australia Premier and Cabinet Farming and related Australia
    1983 - 2008 Private client Value chain development Business and professional New Zealand
    1983 - 1983 Peat Marwick and Mitchell Singapore New ventures Business and professional Singapore
    1982 - 1988 AIDAB Development assistance Farming and related Myanmar
    1979 - 1979 Australian Refugee trust Catholic Refugee Trust Civil rights activities Cambodia
    1978 - 1979 European Development Fund EDF Farming and related Indonesia
    1978 - 1978 FAO World Bank cooperative Programme World Bank Cooperative Programme of FAO Farming and related Indonesia
    1969 - 1969 US Government CORD Community Resettlement Farming and related Thailand
    1969 - 1968 US Government, CORD Community resettlement Farming and related Viet Nam
    1968 - 1973 Privatre clients Development Business and professional Australia
    1968 - 1969 Elders GM Export Farming and related China
    1968 - 1968 US Government CORD Community Resettlement Farming and related Lao People's Democratic Republic
    1968 - 1968 Private Resettlemnent Farming and related Cambodia
  • Event Participation

    Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country
    2009 - 2009 Central Asian Initiative for Land Management (CACILM) Conference Global Initiative of IFAD for The Global Environment Facility and 8 donor members Kazakhstan
    2005 - 2005 Central Asian Initiative for Land Management (CACILM) Conference Asian Development Bank- Global Environment Facility Tajikistan
    2003 - 2003 Hydrological Society of South Australia Conference International Association of Hydrogeologists Australian Chapter Australia
    2002 - 2002 Mekong River Commission Joint Committee Meeting Board meetings Mekong River Commission (MRC) Cambodia
    2001 - 2001 Adelaide Festival of Ideas 2001 Convention Government of South Australia Australia
    2001 - 2001 MRCS Ministerial Board Annual general meetings Mekong River Commision Cambodia
    2001 - 2001 Catchment Management Conference Conference Mekong River Commission Cambodia
    2000 - 2000 National Dry Land Salinity Program Salinity Stocktake conference Conference Land and Water Australia Australia
    1999 - 1999 Productive Use of Saline Lands Conference National dryland salinity association Australia
    1993 - 1993 World Conference on Animal Production Edmonton Conference Animal Industry Canada
    1993 - 1993 Partnerships for Change Environmental Practice in the 1990s Conference Annual Conference Australia
    1972 - 1978 World Bank Seminar Timor Indonesia Conference IRBD Indonesia
  • Expert Witness

    Date Case Institution Country
    2002 - 2002 NSW Legislative Assembly Select Committee on Salinity NSW Legislative Assembly Select committee on salinity Australia
    1992 - 1992 Workers compensation, olive growing in low rainfall areas South Australian Bar Australia
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Email: john.leake@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Centre for Global Food and Resources

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