Faculty & Staff

Julian Agyeman


Contact Info:
Urban and Environmental
Policy and Planning
97 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.3394
Fax: 617.627.3377
Personal website

Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, has extensive experience in local government, environmental and sustainability consulting and in the voluntary sector in the UK. A Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and the Royal Geographical Society, he holds a a Ph.D in Environmental Education/Urban Studies from the University of London, an M.A. in Conservation Policy from Middlesex University, UK, and a B.Sc (joint honours) in Geography and Botany from Durham University, UK.

As an ecologist/biogeographer turned critical urban studies and environmental social science scholar, he has both a science and social science background which helps frame his perspectives, research and scholarship. His focal research interest is in the nexus between environmental justice and sustainability and the possibility of "just sustainabilities". His publications which number over 160, include books, peer reviewed articles, book chapters, published conference presentations, reports, book reviews, newspaper articles and Op-Eds and articles in professional magazines and journals.

His books include:

  • Local Environmental Policies and Strategies co-edited with Bob Evans (Longman 1994);
  • Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World co-edited with Robert D Bullard and Bob Evans (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 co-edited with Sarah Neal (The Policy Press/University of Bristol 2006);
  • Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada co-edited with Peter Cole, Randy Haluza-DeLay and Pat O'Riley (The University of British Columbia Press 2009);
  • Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union co-edited with Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger (MIT Press 2009);
  • Environmental Inequities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices co-edited with JoAnn Carmin (MIT Press 2011);
  • Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability co-edited with Alison Alkon (MIT Press 2011);
  • Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books 2013);
  • Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices and Possibilities co-edited with Stephen Zavestoski (Routledge 2014);
  • Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities co-authored with Duncan McLaren (MIT Press 2015);
  • Food Trucks, Cultural Identity and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love co-edited with Caitlin Matthews and Hannah Sobel (MIT Press 2017).
  • Immigration, Immigrants, Agriculture and Food in North America co-edited with Sydney Giacalone (under contract MIT Press)

Julian will be on sabbatical during the 2017-18 academic year.