About

Gregor Macdonald is a freelance journalist covering urban development, climate, infrastructure, transport, and the energy sector. He has written for Nature, The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Harvard Business Review, Next City, Atlantic Media’s Route Fifty, The Petroleum Economist, and Talking Points Memo.

Contact: gregor (at) gregor.us

Gregor holds a B.A. in English and Social Anthropology from Denison University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He has worked in Land Use/Environmental Law in Boston; the Television Commercial Production industry in Los Angeles; and in research at the University of California. “Alot of the work I’ve done in the past twenty-five years turns out to have centered around land, landscapes, and cities.” Gregor has also spent time teaching. In particular, advanced English for immigrant professionals in Massachusetts, and creative writing for children through the Royal Parks Education programs, in London.

His writings and views have been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Inside Climate News, The San Francisco Chronicle, Model D, NPR, Grist, WIRED, Macleans, The Toronto Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The Houston Chronicle, PV MagazineThe Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Guardian UK.

He is currently based in Portland, Oregon.

Gregor produces a bimonthly newsletter, TerraJoule.us. Sign up here: TerraJoule.us Newsletter.

Recent Publications:

Planning for the Other Detroit: Maurice Cox’s planning department is determined to spark a recovery that lasts – from Next City, May 2018

Wringing Out New Truths from Data: Tracking Social Progress in Cities – from Route Fifty, April 2018

Oil’s Electric Shock -The EV affordability window is now opening– a contribution to this year’s Petroleum Economist Outlook 2018, from The Petroleum Economist, December 2017

The Humble Microbus May Become the Leading Edge of the AV Revolution – from Route Fifty, October 2017

Chasing the Gas Tax in the Golden State: California Seeks Fresh Road Repair Revenue in the Twilight of Oil – from Route Fifty, August 2017

Seeking Efficiencies Through Major Upgrades to Portland’s Water Works – While ratepayers wince, a preference for long-term investment may also deliver long-term quality and some tech advantages, from Route Fifty, August 2017

New Electric Mobility, and, EV’s Good Vibrations: double article special, Petroleum Economist, from the cover story Oil’s Plug in Problem, June 2017

Adjusting From an Era of Austerity to One of Major Infrastructure Ambitions – solutions to the hard problem of getting infrastructure funded and completed, from Route Fifty, January 2017

California Dreamin’ – the resurrection of California as America’s edge leader in batteries, electric vehicles, grid solutions, and the production of solar power – a contribution to this year’s Petroleum Economist Outlook 2017, December 2016

Portland Seeks to Extend Its Proven Tech and Transit Expertise in Smart City Challenge Bid, (reporting and photographs) from Route Fifty, June 2016

Are We Finally Seeing Good Climate News from the US and China? from Talking Points Memo Prime, April 2016 (PDF copy of full article)

Oilman at the Peak – book review of The Oracle of Oil, by Mason Inman, from Nature, April 2016

Liquid Losers -the impact on oil from increasing electrification– a contribution to this year’s Petroleum Economist Outlook | Energy, Markets, and Politics in 2016, from The Petroleum Economist, November 2015

Part of Resurgent Detroit’s Transportation Retrofit: More Bicycle Infrastructure, (reporting and photographs) from Route Fifty, October 2015 | Route Fifty Focuses on Cycling in Detroit, Curbed, October 2015.

The Renewables, a Five Part Series | Part V: The Future of Energy Technology, from Talking Points Memo Prime, June 2015

The Renewables, a Five Part Series | Part IV: The High Cost of Energy Transition, from Talking Points Memo Prime, May 2015

The Renewables, a Five Part Series | Part III: Case Study – Harvesting the Sun in Los Angeles, from Talking Points Memo Prime, April 2015

The Renewables, a Five Part Series | Part II: Remaking the Map of US Energy Production, from Talking Points Memo Prime, April 2015

The Renewables, a Five Part Series | Part I: The New Kids in Town, from Talking Points Memo Prime, March 2015

How the US Energy Boom is Transforming Geopolitics, from Talking Points Memo Prime, January 2015.

From West to East, from the Economist Intelligence Unit, November 2013.

The Arctic Bites Back–For Now, from the Economist Intelligence Unit, April 2013.

Global Energy Conversation III: Nurturing Energy Innovation, a special report (free PDF) from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Spring 2013.

Gearing Down, on the changing picture of global transport and oil demand, from The Petroleum Economist, March, 2013.

Funding the Long Arc of Energy Transition, from the Economist Intelligence Unit, October 2012.