Julian Agyeman

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Julian Agyeman

Born (1958-11-20) November 20, 1958 (age 61)
United Kingdom
OccupationProfessor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Durham
University of London
Academic work
DisciplineUrban planning and environmental social science
Notable ideasJust sustainabilities

Julian Agyeman FRSA FRGS is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University,[1] and co-founder and editor-in-chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.[2] He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and the Royal Geographical Society.

In the early 2000s, Agyeman developed the concept of just sustainabilities, 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”.[3] His book on the subject, Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning, and Practice, is widely used at universities.[4]


Agyeman received a B.Sc. with Joint Honors in Geography and Botany from Durham University in 1980, an M.A. in Conservation Policy from Middlesex University in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the University of London in 1996.[1]


Including his books and journal articles, Agyeman has over 150 publications in his field.[5] His article, Mind the Gap: Why do people act environmentally and what are the barriers to pro-environmental behavior?, published in Environmental Education Research, is the most cited journal article by a North American urban planning scholar.[6] His publications have led him to be ranked as one of the top 15 most highly cited urban planning faculty in North America.[6] His work integrates multiple academic disciplines, including geography, sociology, urban planning and policy, environmental justice, and sustainability.[7]


  • Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (NYU Press, 2005)
  • Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books, 2013)

Co-authored books

  • Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (MIT Press, 2015)

Co-edited books

  • Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003)
  • The New Countryside?: Ethnicity, Nation and Exclusion in Contemporary Rural Britain (Policy Press, 2006)
  • Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union (MIT Press, 2009)
  • Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada (UBC Press, 2010)
  • Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT Press, 2011)
  • Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices (MIT Press, 2011)
  • Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities (Routledge, 2014)
  • Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love (MIT Press, 2017)
  • The Immigrant-Food Nexus: Borders, Labor, and Identity in North America (MIT Press, 2020)



  • Co-founder (1996) and Editor-in-Chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability
  • Co-Editor of the Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City Series
  • Co-Editor of the Bristol University/Policy Press Series Smart Sharing Cities: Technology, Sustainability, Ethics and Politics
  • Contributing Editor to Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Environmental Education
  • Series Editor of Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice published by Zed Books


He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (1996) and the Royal Geographical Society (2016). He received the Benton H. Box Award from Clemson University Institute for Parks in 2015[8] and the Athena City Accolade from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2018.[9]

Visiting professorships[edit]

Agyeman has been a visiting professor at University of South Australia (2008–13), Northumbria University (2010-14), University of British Columbia (April–May 2011) and McGill University (2017-18); he also held the Walker Ames Visiting Professorship at the University of Washington (2017). He is currently the TD Walter Bean Visiting Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada (2020-21). He held a Visiting Fellowship at The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, hosted by the University of Victoria (2011). Agyeman was a Senior Scholar at The Center for Humans and Nature (2013–16) and a Fellow of the McConnell Foundation's Cities for People program in Montréal (2017).[3]

Advisory positions[edit]

Agyeman currently sits on the Academic Board of The Centre for the Future of Places (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) and the Board of Directors of EcoDistricts. He is also on the Advisory Boards of Shareable, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy - US, Participatory City, Urban Sharing, Equiticity and Sharecity,[10] and the McConnell Foundation’s Cities for People Future Cities Canada programs. [3] Additionally, he is a Founding Senior Advisor/Thought Leader at PlacemakingX.


  1. ^ a b "Julian Agyeman Faculty Page". Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Local Environment". Taylor and Francis Online. Taylor and Francis. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Biography". Julian Agyeman Official Website. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  4. ^ Introducing just sustainabilities : policy, planning, and practice. OCLC. OCLC 844519738.
  5. ^ Otto, Beth. "Defining Sustainability: Takeaways from Dr. Julian Agyeman". ELGL. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b Sanchez, Tom (January 2018). "2018 Urban Planning Faculty Citation Analysis". Tom Sanchez. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  7. ^ Monani, Salma. "An Interview with Julian Agyeman: Just Sustainability and Ecopedagogy". The Cupola. Gettysburg College. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  8. ^ Shuff, Danielle. "Agyeman receives Clemson University Institute for Parks award". The Newsstand. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Athena City Accolade Award". Center for the Future of Places. KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Renowned Urban Planning Professor Julian Agyeman Joins Shareable's Advisory Board". Shareable. Retrieved 26 July 2018.

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