About me



Hi, my name is Dr Stephen McGrail. I am an interdisciplinary researcher and consultant with a diverse background in professional services, the research sector, and sustainability-oriented management consulting. I recently completed my PhD at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Whilst competing this degree I was also employed as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Research (now defunct) at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia where I currently live. In this role I worked on a research and engagement project funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (project title ‘Visions and Pathways 2040’ [link]).

I bring to this work extensive management consulting and sustainability advisory work experience, as well as 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

Preferred contact via email: stephen.mcgrail@gmail.com