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Call for Papers: The Cosmopolitan Canopy – Reasserting Difference, Diversity and Inclusion in the age of Trump.

The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Reasserting Difference, Diversity and Inclusion in the age of Trump. American Association of Geographers – Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA – April 10-14, 2018 Session Organizers: Julian Agyeman, Tufts University, Elijah Anderson, Yale University The racial dynamics of public life in US cities are in a constant state of flux, where gentrification and displacement, the rise of the ‘ethnoburb’ and rising inequalities represent the tip of the iceberg in terms of fundamental political and [...]

By | 2017-09-18T17:15:27+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Just Sustainabilities|1 Comment

Call for papers: Immigration, Immigrants, Agriculture and Food in North America

Call for papers: Immigration, Immigrants, Agriculture and Food in North America Edited by: Julian Agyeman and Sydney Giacalone, Tufts University. Overview In a recent OpEd in the Boston Globe entitled “Trump Spills the Beans on Who Grows Americans’ Food”, we described how the new US administration’s immigration policies can create an opportunity for dialog about the intersections between immigration, immigrants, agriculture and food. Around 2 million of the people who plant US crops and pick fruit [...]

By | 2017-06-06T15:52:54+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

US immigration policy, food justice and the fierce urgency of now

In a recent OpEd in the Boston Globe entitled “Trump Spills the Beans on Who Grows Americans’ Food”, we described how the new administration’s immigration policies can create an opportunity for dialog about the intersections between immigration, agriculture and food. Around 2 million of the people who plant our crops and pick our fruit are undocumented, accounting for fully 50 to 70 percent of total US farm workers. Others are food chain workers in food [...]

By | 2018-01-30T17:45:21+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love

You read the Blog now read the book, coming in August 2017 in the MIT Press Food, Health, and the Environment series! The food truck on the corner could be a brightly painted old-style lonchera offering tacos or an upscale mobile vendor serving lobster rolls. Customers range from gastro-tourists to construction workers, all eager for food that is delicious, authentic, and relatively inexpensive. While some of the cities that host food trucks encourage their proliferation, others throw [...]

By | 2018-01-30T17:48:13+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

Networking cities, policy learning and just sustainabilities

As national and international governments struggle with political inertia, particularly when it comes to addressing climate change and implementing sustainable development policies, cities have emerged as places of action and innovation and have formed trans-local municipal networks to share knowledge, their best practices and their expertise. The approach of tackling environmental issues locally is not a new one. In 1987, the Brundtland Report argued that since future cities will hold the majority of the world’s [...]

By | 2018-05-07T16:24:57+00:00 January 14th, 2017|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

Urban foraging: health, cultural ties and food justice.

Over the past few years US cities have seen a rise in urban foraging-- the act of searching for and gathering food in an urban landscape. In cities across the country, people from varied backgrounds, such as Native Americans, African Americans, Chinese, Korean and Latino/a immigrants, have been partaking in this practice of finding edible food amongst their urban landscapes.

By | 2018-01-30T17:49:33+00:00 December 17th, 2016|Just Sustainabilities|1 Comment

Smart cities: no app substitutes for public engagement and responsive leadership

Cities from Amsterdam to Adelaide, from Boston to Bangalore, and San Francisco to Seoul are teaming up with big businesses like IBM, Siemens, Cisco, GE, and Google in a frenzied dash to become “smart cities.” They’re rolling out sensors for everything from street lights to trash cans. Homes are being wired up with smart meters and smart appliances that feed real-time data back to public utilities. Buses, cars, and bike-shares have GPS or radio-frequency identification that [...]

By | 2018-01-30T17:50:27+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Just Sustainabilities|1 Comment

Innovative tools for diversity, equity and inclusion in urban planning

One of the things I continually tell my students is that there are no ‘answers’ in urban planning but that if we ask the right questions we may get better ideas on how to approach the challenges we face in “managing our co-existence in shared space" (Healey, 1997, p3). Two questions that have been interesting my students this academic year are: How do we move beyond the basic formats of public meetings and town hall [...]

By | 2018-05-07T16:30:49+00:00 January 4th, 2016|Just Sustainabilities|2 Comments

Endorsements for Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities 

“Sharing Cities is a comprehensive and thoughtful guide to how the principles of the sharing economy will affect the spaces where we live, work, and play. If you want to understand the possibilities and challenges of the sharing paradigm to transform the way cities are designed, read this book.” —Rachel Botsman, coauthor of What’s Mine Is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live “There are relatively few books out there that really [...]

By | 2015-09-21T12:44:13+00:00 September 21st, 2015|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

“Silence is Not Consent”: Plantation, Poison and the Politics of Planning for Urban Agriculture in Boston.

Urban agriculture has enjoyed a near meteoric rise in popularity in recent years. Projects began mostly through the grassroots efforts of non-profit organizations, but now urban planners and many city officials are also very interested in its interlinked economic, social, health and environmental benefits.

By | 2018-05-07T16:40:46+00:00 December 20th, 2014|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments