Julian Agyeman speaking

What our cities can become and who is allowed to belong in them are fundamentally and inextricably interlinked.

We must therefore act on both belonging and becoming, together, using just sustainabilities as the anchor, or face deepening spatial and social inequities and inequalities.

About Julian

Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS is a Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and is the Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate, an endowed professorship at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. He is the originator of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities,’ the intentional 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.



A highly sought after, dynamic speaker, Julian presents his ideas at many academic, community and professional events, and appears on many panels, at venues around the world.

Praise for Julian

“Julian Agyeman has done more than any other scholar to emphasise the potential in the relationship between environmental justice and ecological sustainability.”

David Schlosberg, Professor of Environmental Politics, The University of Sydney

“There’s lots to think about if we want to build cities that are culturally-inclusive and sustainable in the most comprehensive sense of that term. Julian Agyeman brings great passion, intelligence, and imagination to the task, and nicely primes the pump for the rest of us.”

Dean Saitta, University of Denver

“The authors have undertaken the important task of linking research, activism, and discourses around environmental justice and sustainable development. This is a crucial project because of the real divisions that exist between proponents of each vision.”

David Naguib Pellow, Ethnic Studies Department, University of California, San Diego

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Julian will teach two graduate classes in 2024-2025: Food Justice: Critical Approaches in Policy and Planning, and Developing Sustainable Communities. He also hires Research Assistants and advises student theses in relation to his research interests.

(Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)