Julian Agyeman, PhD

Board Member

Professor, Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning, Tufts University

Julian Agyeman is a Professor of Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning at Tufts University. He is the originator of the concept of “just sustainabilities,” 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.”

The author or editor of 11 books and a wide range of other influential publications, his key books include Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press 2003), Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (NYU Press 2005), Cultivating Food Justice : Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT Press 2011), Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books 2013), Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities (Routledge 2014) and Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (MIT Press 2015), which was one of Nature’s Top 20 Books of 2015. His latest book is Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love (MIT Press 2017). His next book, Immigration, Immigrants, Agriculture and Food in North America, is under contract with MIT Press.

He is a critical urban planning and environmental social science scholar who thrives at the borders and intersections of a wide range of knowledges and methodologies and he utilizes these in creative and original ways. His current research explores aspects of the complex relations between humans and the environment, whether mediated by institutions or social movement organizations, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to justice and equity. He is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal “Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.”