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.”
Julian most recently co-authored with Duncan McLaren Sharing Cities, published by The MIT Press. The book proposes that the intersection of cities’ highly networked physical space with new digital technologies and new mediated forms of sharing presents the opportunity for cities to become more just, livable places.
Julian is an environmental social scientist 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.” He has been published over 160 times and has written seven books.