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Julian Agyeman

Professor - Tufts University
Julian Agyeman
Center Scholar

Julian Agyeman is a Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Boston. He is the originator of the concept of “just sustainability,” the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as “the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.”

Agyeman is an environmental social scientist with degrees in botany, geography, conservation policy, and environmental education; his expertise and current research interests are in the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment, whether mediated by institutions or social movement organizations, and the effects of these relationships on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity. He is co-founder and editor of the international journal Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.

Agyeman has written over 150 publications, including the books Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003); Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (NYU Press, 2005); Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices (MIT Press, 2011); Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT Press, 2011); and Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books, 2013).

In 1988, Agyeman founded Britain’s Black Environment Network (BEN) and is currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Center for Diversity and the Environment (2009–) and the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Audubon Society (2009–), as well as several journal editorial boards.
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