Staff Profile

NameMCGREEVY, Steven R.
AffiliationResearch Department
PositionAssociate Professor
Year of Birth1978
Academic CareerDivision of Natural Resource Economics, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University (2008-2012)
College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota (2002-2004)
St. John's University- Collegeville, MN (1997-2000)
Professional CareerLecturer, Seisen Jogakuin College (2007)
Monbukagakusho Scholar, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University (2009)
Lecturer, Nagano National College of Technology (2011)
Assistant Professor, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (2013~)
Higher DegreesD.Ag. (Kyoto University, 2012)
M.LS. (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2004)
B.A.: Major- Biology; Minor- Environmental Studies (St. John's University- Collegeville, MN, 2000)
Fields of SpecializationRural Sustainable Development
Environmental Sociology
Academic Society MembershipsJapan Biochar Association
International Biochar Initiative
Japanese Association for Rural Studies
Rural Sociology Society
International Association for the Study of the Commons




McGreevy, Steven R. 2012 Revitalizing Sustainable Socio-ecological Landscapes: An Examination of Organic Farming, Renewable Energy, and Carbon Sequestration Activities in Rural Japan (PhD Dissertation). Kyoto University


McGreevy, Steven R. & Akitsu, Motoki. 2016 “Steering sustainable food consumption in Japan: trust, relationships, and the ties that bind”. Genus, Audley (ed.) Sustainable Consumption: Perspectives, Design and Practices. Springer, pp.101-117. DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-29665-4_7

McGreevy, Steven R. , Akira Shibata 2014 Mobilizing biochar: A multi-stakeholder scheme for climate-friendly foods and rural sustainable development. Tomas Goreau, Ronal Larson, and Joanna Campe (ed.) Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, & Reversing CO2 Increase. CRC Press.

McGreevy, Steven R. 2012 Climate-friendly Farming Production and Biochar: Towards Revitalizing Satoyama and Farming. Suzuki, Tatsuya & Hiroya Ushio (ed.) Satoyama Governance. Koyoshobo Publishers, pp.169-181. (in Japanese)


【Original Articles】

McGreevy, Steven R., Keiko Tanaka, & Mai Kobayashi. 2018 Farming as a Profession, Farming as a Way of Life: Agrarian Pathways for the Next Generation of Japanese Farmers in Kyoto and Nagano. Canadian Journal of Development Studies. (Accepted, in publication)

Oda, Kimisato, Christoph D. D. Rupprecht, Kazuaki Tsuchiya, & Steven R. McGreevy 2018 Urban Agriculture as a Sustainability Transition Strategy for Shrinking Cities? Land Use Change Trajectory as an Obstacle in Kyoto City, Japan. Sustainability 10(4):1048. DOI:10.3390/su10041048 (reviewed).

Hisano, Shuji, Motoki Akitsu, & Steven R. McGreevy 2018 Revitalising Rurality under the Neoliberal Transformation of Agriculture: Experiences of Re-agrarianisation in Japan. Journal of Rural Studies. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.01.013 (reviewed).

Nakamura, Mari, Motoki Akitsu, Norie Tamura, Masashi Tachikawa, & Steven R. McGreevy 2017 Food procurement and consumption survey of child-rearing families: A multi-method investigation of child-rearing network members in Kameoka, Japan. Journal of Food System Research 24(3):263-268. (in Japanese) (reviewed).

McGreevy, Steven R. & Christoph D. D. Rupprecht. 2017,10 Information Harvesters and Virtual Farmers: How Smartphone Food Apps are Enabling Consumers to Co-create more Sustainable Food Systems. Journal of the Japanese Institute for Landscape Architecture 81(3):288-291. (in Japanese) (reviewed).

Tachikawa, Masashi, Steven R. McGreevy, Akitsu Motoki, & Momoe Oga. 2016,12 Food Policy Councils in North America: Their Trend and Implications. Journal of Food System Research 23(3):299-304. (in Japanese) (reviewed).

McGreevy, Steven R. 2012,09 Lost in translation: Incomer organic farmers, local knowledge, and the revitalization of upland Japanese hamlets. Agriculture and Human Values 26(3):393-412. DOI:10.1007/s10460-011-9347-5 (reviewed).

McGreevy, Steven R. & Akira Shibata. 2010 A Rural Revitalization Scheme in Japan Utilizing Biochar and Eco-Branding: The Carbon Minus Project. Annals of Environmental Science 4:11-22. (reviewed).

McGreevy, Steven R. 2010 SATOYAMA: From Japan to the World. Nougyou to Keizai (Agriculture and Economics) 76(10):38-39. (in Japanese)

[Report] McGreevy, Steven R. (ed.) 2016,03 Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) on Sustainable Consumption and Production. Exploratory Workshop on the Establishment of a SCP KAN.. With Contributions from Maurie J. Cohen (NJIT, SCORAI), Magnus Bengtsson (IGES), Hein Mallee (RIHN), and Mai Kobayashi (RIHN)

[Article] McGreevy, Steven R., Shibata, Akira, Tanabiki, Yusuke. 2016,02 Cultivating a Career: Makoto Ogawa recalls a lifetime of work on charcoal, fungi, and plant growth interaction.. Biochar Journal.

[Newsletter] McGreevy, Steven R. 2016 Sustainable Lifestyles: Enough is as good as a feast. RIHN Humanity and Nature Newsletter 63:15. (in Japanese)

[Newsletter] McGreevy, Steven R. 2015,09 京都府と地球研との地域連携の可能性. Humanity & Nature RIHN Newsletter(56):2-6. Interviewer.

[Newsletter] McGreevy, Steven R. 2015,07 工業化した食農システムを再考する. Humanity & Nature RIHN Newsletter:2-5. (in Japanese) Interviewee

Research Presentations

【Oral Presentation】

McGreevy, Steven R. Social practices, food futures, and "sticky knowledge" -- motivating change in everyday life?. Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, 2018,06,23-2018,06,25, Doshisha University, Kyoto.. Session on "Alternatives to Capitalism; Changing everyday life-- changing capitalism"

Tamura, Norie, Imaizumi, Aki & Steven R. McGreevy Participatory workshops for transitioning to sustainable agrifood systems: evaluating the impact of backcasting and gaming methods. Conference of the Food Systems Research Association of Japan, 2018,06,16-2018,06,17, Tokyo University, Tokyo.. (in Japanese)

Ota, Kazuhiko & Steven R. McGreevy Games and gaps for normative food futures: The role of researchers in facilitating creative transdisciplinary processes. Asia-Pacific Society for Agriculture and Food Ethics (APSafe), 2018,05,10-2018,05,12, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

McGreevy, Steven R. Lifeworlds of sustainable food consumption and production: agrifood systems in transition. 4th KU - WU International Graduate Workshop on Food, Farm, and Rural Development, 2018,05,09, Kyoto University, Kyoto.

McGreevy, Steven R. Agrifood system transition to where? Assessing holistic local food security in Asia. American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, 2017,04,05-2017,04,10, Hynes Conventional Hall, Boston, MA USA.

Rupprecht, Christoph D. D. & Steven R. McGreevy Degrowing urban Japan: From vacant lots to biocultural cityscapes. American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, 2017,04,05-2017,04,10, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA USA.

McGreevy, Steven R. Lifeworlds as pedagogy for socio-cultural change: sensuous food futures, practices, and meaning in everyday experience. RIHN 11th International Symposium: "Asia’s Transformations to Sustainability: Past, Present and Future of the Anthropocene", 2017,03,10-2017,03,11, RIHN.

McGreevy, Steven R. Don't rock the boat? Radical change and reaching consensus in the FEAST project and Future Earth. 5th Workshop on Future Earth in Asia, 2017,01,23-2017,01,24.

McGreevy, Steven R. “Let’s think about tomorrow’s food for the future of Noshiro in 30 years”. 17th RIHN Regional Collaboration Seminar, 2016,12,05, Plaza, Noshiro City, Akita Prefecture, Japan. (in Japanese)

McGreevy, Steven R. & Atsushi Inaba A review of food LCA smartphone apps: the challenge of socially embedded information. EcoBalance 2016, 2016,10,06, Kyoto, Tersa.

McGreevy, Steven R. & Keiko Tanaka Nurturing Future Farmers: Comparative Analysis of the Support System for Beginning Farmers between Japan and the United States. 14th World Congress for Rural Sociology, 2016,08,10-2016,08,14, Ryerson University, Toronto.

McGreevy, Steven R. Value for what? Value for whom?: Redefining Value in Food Chains in an Age of Degrowth. RIHN Joint Seminar with University of Hokkaido, 2016,06,25, University of Hokkaido, Clark Hall.

McGreevy, Steven R. Sustainable food consumption and agrifood system transition in Asia: Introducing the FEAST Project. Second International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), 2016,06,15-2016,06,17, Maine, USA, University of Maine.

Tsuchiya, K., Hara, Y., & McGreevy, S.R. Who feeds us? Building GIS integrated analytical toolkits for food systems localization. Second International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), 2016,06,15-2016,06,17, University of Maine, USA.

McGreevy, Steven R. Scaling down deep: Reflections on inhabiting sustainable transformative change.. Future Earth in Asia International Workshop. "Transformations to Sustainability: Moving from Knowledge to Action", 2015,11,14, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature.

McGreevy, Steven R. & Atsushi Inaba The story behind the scans: A review of food LCA smartphone apps and their impact on consumers and the industry.. American Center for Life Cycle Assessment International Conference XV, 2015,10,08-2015,10,10, University of British Columbia.

McGreevy, Steven R. Towards a definition of holistic local food security in Asia. International Symposium on Food, Risks and Sustainability: An Asian Perspective, 2015,07,05-2015,07,07, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

McGreevy, Steven R. & Akitsu, Motoki "Steering sustainable food consumption in Japan: trust, relationships, and the ties that bind". SCORAI Europe/Kingston University Sustainable Consumption Workshop, 2014,09,30-2014,10,01, Royal Society of Arts, London.

McGreevy, Steven R. “Comparing the impact of environmental education on worldview, lifestyle choices, and behavior: A survey of graduates from the "Zoo School.”. Japanese Society of Environmental Education 25th Conference, 2014,08,01-2014,08,03, Hosei University, Tokyo.

McGreevy, Steven R. ’Carbon negativity’—responding to the ‘green grab,’ framing biochar battlelines, and mobilizing stakeholder support. 2013 North American Biochar Symposium, , 2013,10,13-2013,10,16, University of Massachusetts- Amherst.

McGreevy, Steven R. New possibilities for common-pool resource use in rural Japan: Agroforestry, carbon sequestration, and renewable energy. 14th Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons, 2013,06,03-2013,06,07, Kitafuji, Fuji Calm.

Kumazawa, Terukazu, Akira Shibata, Ryo Sekiya, Steven R. McGreevy, and Hidehiko Kanegae Analyzing a simple biochar production process. International Biochar Initiative 2010 Conference, 2010,09,12-2010,09,15, Rio de Janeiro.

Kumazawa Terukazu, Akira Shibata, Ryo Sekiya, Steven R. McGreevy, and Hidehiko Kanegae. Toward diffusing "Cool Vegetables": Reconstructing rural socio-economic systems in Japan based on an eco-branding strategy biochar cultivated vegetables. International Biochar Initiative 2010 Conference, 2010,09,12-2010,09,15, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

McGreevy, Steven R. "Cool Vegetables" in a Critical Countryside: Biochar's Foray into Eco-Branding and Japanese Rural Revitalization (Plenary). Biochar 2010 U.S. Biochar Initiative Conference, 2010,06,27-2010,06,30, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

【Poster Presentation】

Mallee, Hein, Maurie Cohen, Magnus Bengtsson, Steven R. McGreevy, & Patrick Schroeder. Knowledge Action Network: Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production. 5th Workshop on Future Earth in Asia, 2017,01,23-2017,01,24, RIHN.

Bates, Albert K., Jonathon Dawson, J.T. Ross Jackson, Erich J. Knight, Steven R. McGreevy, Frank Michael, and David Yarrow eCOOLvillages. 11th International Conference of the International Communal Studies Association, 2013,06,26-2013,06,28, Findhorn Community, Scotland.

Bates, Albert, Akira Shibata, Steven R. McGreevy, Frank Michael, Ronal W. Larson, Erich Knight, Jeffery Wallin, D. Nathaniel Mulcahy, and Rob Wheeler. eCOOLnomics. World Conference on Ecological Restoration 2011, 2011,08,21-2011,08,25, Merida, Mexico.

【Invited Lecture / Honorary Lecture / Panelist】

McGreevy, Steven R. FEAST Project Lifeworlds of Sustainable Consumption and Production, Agrifood Systems in Transition. Inter-University Research Institute Symposium 2017, 2018,10,08, Akiba Square, Akihabara. (in Japanese)

McGreevy, Steven R. Food impact smartphone apps: progress and challenges. LCA Across Borders, 2017,08,31-2017,08,31, Ritsumeikan Campus (Kusatsu Campus). (in English, Japanese)

McGreevy, Steven R. The future of food and agriculture in Nagano City - Citizen power to catalyze transition (Nagano shi no shoku to nou no mirai - Shimin no chikara de transition [tenkan] wo okosu ni ha). Special Seminar, 2017,11,24, Nagano City Gondo East Plaza Shimin Koryu Center.. (in Japanese)

McGreevy, Steven R. Creating food futures with farmers markets?. Transition to a Sustainable Society with Farmers Markets, 2017,11,23, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. (in Japanese)

McGreevy, Steven R. Scaling to holistic local food security: directions in agrifood system sustainability assessment. RIHN/UCB International Workshop "Food, Agriculture and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond", 2017,11,06-2017,11,07, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

McGreevy, Steven R. . "Let's start Organic Life!" Monthly Seminar, Tsukaisute Jidai wo Kangaeru Kai & Anzen Nousan Kyokyu Center, 2017,09,17-2017,09,17, Patagonia Kyoto、Event Hall. (in Japanese)

McGreevy, Steven R. Food Policy Councils - Citizen power to catalyze transition (Shoku to nou no mirai kaigi - Shimin no chikara de transition [tenkan] wo okosu ni ha). Monthly seminar, Let's Begin Organic Life! Tsukaisute Jidai wo Kangaeru Kai, Anzen Nousan Kyokyu Senta, 2017,09,17, Patagonia Kyoto, Event Hall. (in Japanese)

McGreevy, Steven R. The Future of Food Game. International Youth Conference on the Environment in Nagano, 2017,06,30-2017,07,02, Otagiri、Nagano City Youth Training Center. (in Japanese)

McGreevy, Steven R. Rural Sustainable Development in Japan: Will the seeds of transition take root?. 2nd Kyoto University/Wageningen University International Graduate Workshop on Food, Farm, and Rural Development, 2016,05,25, Kyoto University.

McGreevy, Steven R. A Humble Science: Toward Consensus Building Through Visions, Values, and Transformations. Inaugural Ritsumeikan University Osaka Ibaraki Campus and Regional Information Research Center Symposium, 2015,05,30, Ritsumeikan University, Ibaraki Campus.. (in Japanese) Panelist

McGreevy, Steven R. “LOHAS relationships between urban and rural areas.”. 2014 International Symposium of Comparative Kyoto Studies, 2014,11,03, Inamori Memorial Hall, Kyoto Prefectural University. (in Japanese) Panelist

McGreevy, Steven R. “Biochar in Japan- deep roots, cool landscapes.”. International Biochar Initiative Public Webinar Series, 2014,08,13, . Invited Lecture

McGreevy, Steven R. “Biochar’s Identity Crisis- A Look at International Discourse.”. Japan Biochar Association Symposium, 2014,06,13, Ritsumeikan University. (in Japanese) Invited Lecture

McGreevy, Steven R. “Sustainable rural revitalization efforts in Japan: Bridging actors and knowledge.”. Global Carbon Project Seminar, 2014,03,01, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba City. Invited Lecture