Phd Candidate
Coastal and Marine Research Centre
Glucksman Marine Research Facility
Irish Naval Base
Haulbowline Island
Ringaskiddy

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Stefan studied at undergraduate level with Victoria and Massey Universities in New Zealand, and the Open University in England, majoring in Environmental Sciences. Having won a first class honours degree in 2006, and been awarded a postgraduate study grant by the United Kingdom Crowther Fund in 2007, Stefan was accepted to Imperial College’s prestigious MSc programme in Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Management. Here, Stefan’s research encompassed sustainable silviculture and watershed management; surface, ground and conjunctive water resource management; chemical and biological techniques of ecological monitoring; and culminated in 2008 with thesis research into the sustainability of integrated coastal zone management under conditions of accelerated sea-level rise, for which Stefan was awarded a distinction.

Stefan joined the CMRC early in 2009, working as part of the CLAD (Coastal Climate Adaptation and Development) project team, funded by the EPA Climate Change Research Programme. The project’s remit is to analyse the needs of coastal systems, and provide tools and strategies that enhance adaptive capacities at the 

local-scale in order to build social-ecological system resilience to a changing climate.

Stefan is currently conducting Ph.D. research into the development and utilisation of scenarios of climate change impact and adaptation response in coastal regions. This research is a central component of the CLAD project, and seeks to address the increasingly urgent demand for effective communication between scientific researchers and those charged with the formulation and implementation of public policy.

In addition to his work with the CLAD project, Stefan has also contributed to the IMCORE, CoastAdapt and Climate Ireland projects.

Research Interests

Social-ecological systems modelling and scenario analysis
Adaptive environmental management

Fuzzy-logic cognitive mapping

Collaborative natural resources governance arrangements

Climate adaptation

Coastal management

Stakeholder engagement

Institutional development


 

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2011)'Towards climate adaptation and coastal governance in Ireland: Integrated architecture for effective management?'
Maria Falaleeva, Cathal O’Mahony, Stefan Gray, Margaret Desmond, Jeremy Gault, Valerie Cummins (2011) 'Towards climate adaptation and coastal governance in Ireland: Integrated architecture for effective management?' Globe icon [DOI] [Details]

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2012)Planet Under Pressure 2012: New Knowledge Towards Solutions,
Stefan Gray, Maria Falaleeva, Cathal O’Mahony, Valerie Cummins (2012) Laying the Foundations for Adaptive Co-management through Futures Analysis: An Irish Case Study in Building Climate-Resilient Coastal Communities. [Poster Presentation], Planet Under Pressure 2012: New Knowledge Towards Solutions, London, UK , 26-MAR-12 - 29-MAR-12
(2011)LOICZ Open Science Conference 2011 - Coastal Systems, Global Change and Sustainability,
S.R.J. Gray, R. Canessa, D. Bartlett, H. Huang, S.A. Gray (2011) Seeing another’s perspective: the role of spatialised fuzzy cognitive mapping and visualisation in conflict resolution, stakeholder participation and knowledge integration for marine spatial planning. [Oral Presentation], LOICZ Open Science Conference 2011 - Coastal Systems, Global Change and Sustainability, Yantai, China , 12-SEP-11 - 15-SEP-11
(2011)Resilience 2011 - Resilience, Innovation, and Sustainability: Navigating the Complexities of Global Change,
Stefan Gray, Maria Falaleeva, Cathal O’Mahony, Valerie Cummins (2011) A futures-based approach to ‘shooting the rapids’ to Adaptive Co-management. [Oral Presentation], Resilience 2011 - Resilience, Innovation, and Sustainability: Navigating the Complexities of Global Change, Tempe, Arizona, USA , 11-MAR-11 - 16-MAR-11
(2011)Resilience 2011 - Resilience, Innovation, and Sustainability: Navigating the Complexities of Global Change,
Maria Falaleeva, Stefan Gray, Cathal O’Mahony, Val Cummins (2011) Adaptive Co-management for coastal climate adaptation in Ireland: Pragmatic preconditions for theory application. [Oral Presentation], Resilience 2011 - Resilience, Innovation, and Sustainability: Navigating the Complexities of Global Change, Tempe, Arizona, USA , 11-MAR-11 - 16-MAR-11
(2009)Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change - Earth System Governance: People, Place and the Planet,
Maria Falaleeva*, Cathal O’Mahony, Stefan Gray, Margaret Desmond, Jeremy Gault and Valerie Cummins (2009) The Role of ICZM in Informing the Development of Climate Adaptation Policy in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change - Earth System Governance: People, Place and the Planet, Amsterdam , 02-DEC-09 - 04-DEC-09

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2007Crowther Fund Post-Graduate Research Grant Crowther Fund
2005Editha Barnett Prize Open University

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
2008Imperial College MScSustainable Development and Natural Resources Management
2006Open University BSC (HONS)Environmental Science

Teaching Interests

MA in Coastal Management and GIS: Coastal climate adaptation - theory and methodologies