Julian Agyeman

On January 27, 2012, Julian Agyeman presented "Just Sustainabilities: Re-imagining (E)quality, Living Within Limits" at the University of Alberta.

Julian Agyeman, Ph.D. FRSA, is Professor and Chair of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Boston-Medford, USA. He is co-originator of the concept just sustainabilities, the integration of social/spatial justice and sustainability. He defines this 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 is co-founder and co-editor of the international journal Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. His expertise and research interests critically explore aspects 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.

With over 150 publications, his books include Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press 2003); Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (NYU Press 2005) ); The New Countryside? Ethnicity, Nation and Exclusion in Contemporary Rural Britain (The Policy Press 2009); Speaking for Ourselves. Environmental Justice in Canada (The University of British Columbia Press 2009); Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union (MIT Press 2009); Environmental Inequites Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices' (MIT Press 2011) and Cultivating Food Justice : Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT Press 2011).

He is Series Editor of Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books). He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), a member of the Board of Massachusetts Audubon Society and Second Nature, and is 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 and the Australian Journal of Environmental Education.


Julian Agyeman's visit was co-hosted with Sustain SU and the Student Umbrella for Social Justice.

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