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). 

Contact details: stephen.mcgrail@gmail.com


I am an interdisciplinary 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.

I bring to this work eight years of management consulting and sustainability advisory work experience, related experience conducting business analysis and applied social research, 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 provides an eclectic mix of information on and thoughts about change towards sustainability and discusses related issues. I have a particular interest in future-oriented aspects, such as the formation and management of expectations, activities through which anticipatory knowledge is produced and put to use (or not), related techniques such as scenario planning, and related forms of applied research.  The blog will also comment on changes and issues relevant to sustainability-oriented action, such as anticipatory debates shaping such action (e.g. debates about peak oil, ecological risk, etc), and trends in environmental movements.

Finally, the blog will occasionally include posts focussed on my PhD journey reflections and learnings.

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