About me

Hi, my name is Stephen McGrail. I’m currently a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (link) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). UPDATE: I have fulfilled the degree requirements and am awaiting conferral of my degree (woo-hoo!). 

Contact details: stephen.mcgrail@gmail.com


I am an interdisciplinary social researcher and consultant with a background in both the professional services and sustainability sectors. During 2013-2016 I was employed as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Research (now defunct) at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. In this role I was contracted to work on a research and engagement project funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (project title ‘Visions and Pathways 2040’ [link]). I’m currently working towards the completion of my PhD and seeking new employment for 2018 (and beyond).

I bring to this work five years of management consulting and sustainability advisory work experience, additional applied social research and evaluative inquiry experience, and a passion for learning. My early career experience in the advertising industry and as a freelance writer enables me to incorporate strategic communications.

Blog aims: This blog has been used to reflect on my PhD journey, share lessons learned, and comment on related issues, debates and events that emerge from time to time. Currently I aim to provide an eclectic mix of information on, and thoughts about, change towards sustainability with a focus on knowledge practices and related purposeful interventions (and their effectiveness). I have a particular interest in forward-looking collaborative processes (which I term prospective exercises), related future-oriented aspects such as expectations, and intervention/program evaluation. The blog will also occasionally comment on issues relevant to sustainability-oriented policies and actions, such as debates related to energy policy or climate policy, and on trends in environmental movements.

For further information on my research and writing see the ‘Research’ page