Julian Agyeman

Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

Julian Agyeman is professor and chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. His expertise and current research interests are in three broad areas:

  • the nexus between the concepts of environmental justice and sustainability and, specifically, the possibility of a just sustainability; 
  • the extent, complexity and pervasiveness of rural racism in Britain, its linkages to wider discourses of belonging, becoming, continuity, and change in racialised spaces and ultimately to discourses of nationhood; and
  • the potential role of education for sustainability in delivering more just and sustainable futures.  

Each area critically explores some aspect(s) of the complex and embedded 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 notions of justice and equity.

He is co-founder and co-editor of the international journal Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. Among his 135 publications, he is the author of Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice. Julian also co-edited Local Environmental Policies and Strategies, Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World, Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada, and Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union.

He is a fellow of the UK Royal Society of the Arts and a member of the Board of the Center for Whole Communities in Vermont. He serves on the editorial boards of Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development; Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture; Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy; the Journal of Environmental Education; and the Australian Journal of Environmental Education.


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