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Julian Agyeman

Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Medford


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Julian Agyeman is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Medford, MA, USA. He is the originator of the increasingly influential 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.

He was co-founder in 1988, and chair until 1994, of the Black Environment Network (BEN), the first environmental justice-based organization of its kind in Britain. He was co-founder in 1996, and is now Editor-in-Chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the same year. The mission of the RSA is to enrich society through ideas and action. In 2016 he became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) whose aim is the development and promotion of geographical knowledge, together with its application to the challenges facing society and the environment.

He is Series Editor of Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice published by Zed Books and Co-Editor of the Routledge Series Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City. He is an Affiliate at the Civitas Athenaeum Laboratory, and on the academic advisory board of The Centre for the Future of Places, both at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, a Studio Associate at The Studio at the Edge of the World, University of Tasmania Creative Exchange Institute and a Senior Scholar at The Center for Humans and Nature, Chicago. He sits on the Advisory Boards of Participatory City, Urban Sharing and Sharecity, and is on the Board of Directors of EcoDistricts. His wide ranging and influential publications, which number over 160, include books, peer reviewed articles, book chapters, published conference presentations, published reports, book reviews, newspaper articles, Op-Eds and articles in professional magazines and journals. His most cited paper (co-authored with Anja Kollmuss) is Mind the Gap: Why do people act environmentally and what are the barriers to pro-environmental behavior?

His books include Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities which was one of Nature’s Top 20 Books of 2015.


  • Just sustainabilities, policy and planning
  • Environmental and food justice
  • Planning in, and for intercultural cities


  • Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities, 2015
  • Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability, 2013
  • Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice, 2005
  • Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World, 2003