dr. S.R. McGreevy (Steven)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Steven R. McGreevy is an assistant professor of institutional rurban sustainability studies in the Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM). He is trained as an environmental sociologist, but has a broad interdisciplinary background in sustainable development, food systems, and environmental education. His research interests include novel approaches to sustainable bioregional revitalization, sustainable agrifood transitions and post-growth food systems, relinking of patterns of food consumption and production through policy and practice, and simulation and serious gaming as a tool for sustainability education and governance.

Before coming to UT, he spent 18 years in Japan. After receiving his D.Ag from Kyoto University (2012) he worked at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature where he proposed and led the FEAST Project. FEAST analyzed patterns of food consumption, food-related social practices and their socio-cultural meanings, and conducted food system mapping specific to national, regional, and local production, distribution, and consumption contexts. FEAST partnered with diverse stakeholders to vision plausible futures and to initiate food citizenship-oriented experiments and actions. At its conclusion, FEAST was inaugurated as a non-profit organization in 2021 and continues to conduct research to solve environmental and social problems and support transdisciplinary efforts in local sustainable food policy and education.

He is also a founding member and co-chair of the Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production.


Earth & Environmental Sciences
Agrarian Change
Food Policy
Social Sciences
Business & Economics
Local Food


As part of the cross-cutting TPS RUrban Innovation Platform my research interests are focused on...

  • Commons/commoning as institutional rurban forms
  • Integrated policy and governance structures that cross rurban space, resource flows, economic interaction
  • Sustainable regional economy, bioregionalism in practice and policy
  • Diverse economy and lifestyles of sustainable rurban practices
  • Visions of rurban futures


McGreevy, S. R., Rupprecht, C. D. D., Niles, D., Wiek, A., Carolan, M., Kallis, G., Kantamaturapoj, K., Mangnus, A., Jehlička, P., Taherzadeh, O., Sahakian, M., Chabay, I., Colby, A., Vivero-Pol, J-L., Chaudhuri, R., Spiegelberg, M., Kobayashi, M., Balázs, B., Tsuchiya, K., ... Tachikawa, M. (2022). Sustainable agrifood systems for a post-growth world. Nature Sustainability. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-022-00933-5
Kantamaturapoj, K. , McGreevy, S., Thongplew, N., Akitsu, M., Vervoort, J., Mangnus, A., Ota, K., Rupprecht, C., Tamura, N., Spiegelberg, M., Kobayashi, M., Pongkijvorasin, S., & Wibulpolprasert, S. (2022). Constructing practice-oriented futures for sustainable urban food policy in Bangkok. Futures, 139, [102949]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2022.102949
Vervoort, J. M., Milkoreit, M., van Beek, L., Mangnus, A. C., Farrell, D. , McGreevy, S., Ota, K., Rupprecht, C. D. D., Reed, J. B., & Huber, M. (2022). Not just playing: The politics of designing games for impact on anticipatory climate governance. Geoforum. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2022.03.009
Vervoort, J., Mangnus, A. , McGreevy, S., Ota, K., Thompson, K., Rupprecht, C., Tamura, N., Moossdorff, C., Spiegelberg, M., & Kobayashi, M. (2022). Unlocking the potential of gaming for anticipatory governance. Earth System Governance, 11, [100130]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esg.2021.100130
McGreevy, S., Tamura, N., Ruprecht, C. D. D., Ota, K., Kobayashi, M., & Spiegelberg, M. (2021). 未来を知り,遊び,実験する—ソフトシナリオ手法を通じたフードポリシーの共創—. Environmental science, 34(2), 46-65. https://doi.org/10.11353/sesj.34.46
Calo, A., McKee, A., Perrin, C., Gasselin, P. , McGreevy, S., Sippel, S. R., Desmarais, A. A., Shields, K., Baysse-Laine, A., Magnan, A., Beingessner, N., & Kobayashi, M. (2021). Achieving Food System Resilience Requires Challenging Dominant Land Property Regimes. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 5, [683544]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2021.683544
McGreevy, S. R., Tamura, N., Kobayashi, M., Zollet, S., Hitaka, K., Nicholls, C. I., & Altieri, M. A. (2021). Amplifying Agroecological Farmer Lighthouses in Contested Territories: Navigating Historical Conditions and Forming New Clusters in Japan. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 5, [699694]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2021.699694
Tsuchiya, K., Iha, K., Murthy, A., Lin, D., Altiok, S., Rupprecht, C. D. D., Kiyono, H. , & McGreevy, S. R. (2021). Decentralization & local food: Japan's regional Ecological Footprints indicate localized sustainability strategies. Journal of cleaner production, 292, [126043]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.126043
Pongkijvorasin, S. , & McGreevy, S. R. (2021). Loving local beans? The challenge of valorizing local food in the Thai highlands. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 23, 17305–17328. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-021-01367-3

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses Academic Year  2021/2022


I am currently part of two research projects funded through the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences- KAKEN system.

I am also involved in two WSV Innovation Projects (BMS Teaching Academy)

  • Towards an Interactive Sustainability Minor; with a spin-off to the M-EEM
  • Crossing to Communities Minor (X2C)

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In the press

Sustainable food systems for a post-growth world (link)



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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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