Publications

My main academic and non-academic publications are listed below under some key themes:

Climate change and society and related decarbonisation processes and research activities

  • McGrail, S., Gaziulusoy, A.I. & Twomey, P. 2015, ‘Framing Processes in the Envisioning of Low-Carbon, Resilient Cities: Results from Two Visioning Exercises’, Sustainability, vol. 7, no. 7, 8649-83 (link).
  • McGrail, S., Gaziulusoy, A.I. & Twomey, P. 2015, ‘Simple in Theory, but not in Practice: A ‘Warts and All’ Reflection on the Use of Visioning Exercises in Urban Contexts’, State of Australian Cities Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland (link)
  • Gaziulusoy, A.I., Ryan, C., McGrail, S., Chandler, P. & Twomey, P. 2016, ‘Identifying and addressing challenges faced by transdisciplinary research teams in climate change research’, Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 123, no. June, pp. 55-64 (link).
  • Ryan, C., Twomey, P., Gaziulusoy, I., McGrail, S., Candy, S., Larsen, K., Trudgeon, M. & Chandler, P. 2019, ‘Visions, Scenarios and Pathways for Rapid Decarbonisation of Australian Cities by 2040’, in P. Newton, D. Prasad, A. Sproul & s. Whitew (eds), Decarbonising the Built Environment: Charting the Transition, Palgrave Macmillan (link).
  • Other outputs of the ‘Visions and Pathways 2040’ project (link).
  • McGrail, S. 2013, ‘Climate Change and Futures Epistemologies: Tensions, Trends and Possibilities in Climate Discourses Epitomised by Three Prominent Climate Experts’, Journal of Futures Studies, vol. 7, no. 3, 21-40.
  • McGrail, S. 2013, ‘Climate action under an Abbott government’, http://theconversation.com/climate-action-under-an-abbott-government-13953

Psychosocial aspects of, and barriers to, envisioning the future

  • McGrail, S., Gaziulusoy, A.I. & Twomey, P. 2015, ‘Framing Processes in the Envisioning of Low-Carbon, Resilient Cities: Results from Two Visioning Exercises’, Sustainability, vol. 7, no. 7, 8649-83.
  • McGrail, S. 2013, ‘Framing and reframing the emerging ‘planetary crisis’: A plea to avoid, and for increasing critique of, neoenvironmental determinism’, On the Horizon, vol. 21, no. 3, 230-46.
  • McGrail, S. 2013, Australia’s ‘carbon budget black hole’: fact or political fiction?, viewed July 12 2013, http://theconversation.com/australias-carbon-budget-black-hole-fact-or-political-fiction-14281

Environmental movements, philosophy and politics

  • McGrail, S. 2011, ‘Environmentalism in Transition? Emerging Perspectives, Issues and Futures Practices in Contemporary Environmentalism’, Journal of Futures Studies, vol. 15, no. 3, 117-44. (Awarded 2012 Jan Lee Martin Foundation award for this paper)
  • McGrail, S. 2013, ‘Framing and reframing the emerging ‘planetary crisis’: A plea to avoid, and for increasing critique of, neoenvironmental determinism’, On the Horizon, vol. 21, no. 3, 230-46.
  • McGrail, S. 2012, ‘Does ‘conservative environmentalism’ really unite? A review of the book Green Philosophy: How to Think Seriously About the Planet by Roger Scruton’, onlineopinion.com.au, June 20, http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=13760&page=0.
  • McGrail, S. 2010, ‘Is Sustainability the Enemy of Progress or the Key to Creating a Future Worth Having? Three Provocative Perspectives on Sustainability, Climate Change and the Future’, Journal of Futures Studies, vol. 14, no. 3, 31 – 40

The production, appraisal and use of anticipatory knowledge

  • McGrail, S. & Riedy, C. 2015, ‘Creating scenarios or creating and sustaining social worlds? Towards new sociological understandings of the use and impacts of scenario planning’, International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, vol. 10, no. 2/3/4, pp. 103-25 (link).
  • McGrail, S. 2010, ‘Nano Dreams and Nightmares: Emerging Technoscience and the Framing and (re)Interpreting of the Future, Present and Past’, Journal of Futures Studies, vol. 14, no. 4, 23-48.
  • McGrail, S. 2012, ”Cracks in the System’: Problematisation of the Future and the Growth of Anticipatory and Interventionist Practices’, Journal of Futures Studies, vol. 16, no. 3 (March), 21-46.
  • McGrail, S. 2016, ‘On being and becoming more of a foresight skeptic’, Compass (publication of the Association of Professional Futurists), January, pp. 17-20. (Pdf of Futures Symposium published in Compass)

Evaluation research and the roles and use of evaluative inquiry

  • McGrail, S. 2014, ‘Rethinking the roles of evaluation in learning how to solve ‘wicked’ problems: The case of anticipatory techniques used to support climate change mitigation and adaptation’, Evaluation Journal of Australasia, vol. 14, no. 2, 4-16. (Paper awarded Rosalind Hurworth Prize and subsequently published in the Evaluation Journal of Australasia)

Related doctoral research:

Thesis title: “The roles and use of prospective knowledge practices in sustainability-related transitions: a realist evaluation and pragmatist synthesis”. Empirically, an evaluative case study and impact assessment is presented which examines the “futures forums” run by staff at Australia’s peak research agency, CSIRO (from the CSIRO Energy Division, which used to be known as the Energy Transformed Flagship).  It is available in the UTS Digital Theses collection: https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/handle/10453/123188