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


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
Nicholls, C. I., Altieri, M. A., Kobayashi, M., Tamura, N. , McGreevy, S., & Hitaka, K. (2020). Assessing the agroecological status of a farm: a principle-based assessment tool for farmers. Agro Sur, 48(2), 29-41. https://doi.org/0.4206/agrosur.2020.v48n2-04

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