About the Author

Geoffrey Ahern is an organisational consultant who specialises in the implementation of environmental sustainability.

His environmental sustainability projects include research published in 2009 as ‘Thriving with Less. Implementing Environmental Sustainability in 10 Multinationals’ in Corporate Finance Review. He is a fellow of the Centre for Leadership Studies, Exeter University Business School, has worked for fifteen years as an executive coach (accredited through APECS and BACP), has a background as a sociologist of religion, and graduated from Oxford University.

Ahern's first book, Sun at Midnight: The Rudolf Steiner Movement and the Western Esoteric Tradition, was based on fieldwork undertaken for his PhD at the London School of Economics. With this 2009 release of Sun at Midnight: The Rudolf Steiner Movement and Gnosis in the West, 2nd edition, Ahern returns to update and expand upon the groundbreaking material which caused the original long out of print 1984 release to become the definitive classic text in the field.

While Ahern's ongoing publications in recent years reflect his current focus on the field of Executive Coaching, and the issues the corporate world faces in the quest for environmental sustainability, his earlier publication history clearly demonstrates his deeply rooted grounding in the sociology of religion, and his ongoing attention to the study of the interface between social institutions and divergent belief systems. Even a cursory examination of his published works reveals his equitable and even-handed approach to diverse beliefs, a hallmark of his writings in this genre.

Geoffrey Ahern is married to the artist Ivon Oates, whose artwork provides the cover image for the 2009 edition of Sun at Midnight: The Rudolf Steiner Movement and Gnosis in the West.

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Selected bibliography

Ahern, Geoffrey (June 2009) ‘Thriving with Less. Implementing Environmental Sustainability in 10 Multinationals’ in Corporate Finance Review, June 2009.

Ahern, Geoffrey (May 2009) Sun at Midnight. The Rudolf Steiner Movement and Gnosis in the West, 2nd ed., Cambridge: James Clarke & Co.

Ahern, Geoffrey (2007) ‘In Praise of a Balanced Professionalism in Coaching’ in Leadership Matters (Leadership South-West), Issue 12.

Ahern, Geoffrey (2005), ‘Coaching Professionalism and Provider Size’ in Journal of Management Development (Cranfield School of Management), Vol 24, Issue 1, Feb.

Ahern, Geoffrey (2004), ‘The Case for Multi-Provider Collective Evaluation: Moving Beyond Current Coaching Evaluation’ in International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching, Dec.

Ahern, Geoffrey (2003), ‘Designing and Implementing Coaching/Mentoring Competencies: a Case Study’ in Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Vol 16, No 4, Dec.

Ahern, Geoffrey (2001), ‘Individual Executive Development: Regulated, Structured and Ethical’ in The Occupational Psychologist, No 44, Dec.

Ahern, Geoffrey (1988), 'Technological utopianism and our Zoroastrian heritage', Faith and Freedom, Vol 41, Part 1, Spring.

Ahern, Geoffrey (1987), ‘"I do believe in Christmas". White working people and Anglican clergy in inner-city London’, half of Inner City God (with Prof. Grace Davie). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Ahern, Geoffrey (1985), 'The Triune God in Hackney and Enfield: 30 Trinitarian Christians and secularisation', Religion Today, October.

Ahern, Geoffrey (1985), 'Concerned Philosophy' [extended review of The Imperative of Responsibility: in Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age, Hans Jonas], The Salisbury Review, Vol 3, No 3, April.

Ahern, Geoffrey (1984), ‘Golden Temple's War on the Golden Calf’, Guardian, 25th June, ‘Agenda’

Ahern, Geoffrey (1984), ‘Reagan and the Religious Right’, Daily Telegraph, 12th May, leader page.

Ahern, Geoffrey (1983), ‘A History of Mystery’, Times Higher Education Supplement, 11th Feb, p.11.

Ahern, Geoffrey (1982), 'Double profanity, or towards the explicit: 18 Anthroposophists and a researcher', Religion, 12.


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