Introducing just sustainabilities: Policy, planning and practice.

Intro just sus coverThis unique and insightful text offers an exploration of the origins and subsequent development of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities’. Introducing Just Sustainabilities discusses key topics such as food justice, sovereignty and urban agriculture; community, space, place(making) and spatial justice; the democratization of our streets and public spaces; how to create culturally inclusive spaces; intercultural cities and social inclusion; ‘green collar jobs’ and the just transition as well as alternative economic models such as co-production. With a specific focus on solutions-oriented policy and planning initiatives that specifically address issues of equity and justice within the context of developing sustainable communities, this is the essential introduction to just sustainabilities.


‘In this beautifully written book, Julian Agyeman builds on his groundbreaking concept of just sustainabilities to include an exploration of how food, space, place, and culture shape our capacities to imagine and pursue a world of possibilities. From Bogota to Boston, he always asks the right questions and makes sure to consider the real world applications and implications of just sustainability. Agyeman also offers a bold and refreshing critique of reformist approaches to sustainability and social change. He presents a clear agenda for policy, planning, and practical pathways to co-produce societies in which we all are recognized and respected.’

David Naguib Pellow, Don A. Martindale Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota, and author of Resisting Global Toxics

‘Agyeman’s engaging analysis brings the concept of ‘just sustainabilities’ to the centre of the stage, right where it deserves to be. In this essential book, he brings together the literature on sustainability, particularly environmental sustainability, with that of environmental justice, illuminating the discussion throughout with cases where communities are striving to achieve just sustainability on the ground. Agyeman makes very clear the importance of cultural diversity and paying attention to the needs of situated identities.’

Yvonne Rydin, Chair of Planning, Environment and Public Policy, and Director of the Environment Institute, University College London

‘Julian Agyeman has done more than any other scholar to emphasise the potential in the relationship between environmental justice and ecological sustainability. In this book, he explores the evolution and recent development of the crucial concept of just sustainability, in particular how it manifests itself in various aspects of our everyday lives. In doing so, Ageyman makes both the idea and practice of just sustainability more inclusive and salient to a new generation of students, activists, policy-makers, and environmental practitioners.’

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

‘Julian Agyeman has produced a powerful new statement of the need to integrate justice and sustainability. Building on his own ground-breaking work, he analyses the key themes of food, space, place, and culture, showing how equity, justice and inclusion are fundamental to any enduring practical expression of sustainability.’

Andrew Dobson, Professor of Politics, Keele University, and author of Citizenship and the Environment

‘With this excellent book, Agyeman both consolidates and advances his ground-breaking work on just sustainabilities. Readers looking for a clear and concise review of the concept and underpinning ideas, as well as those wanting compelling examples of its practical application will be more than satisfied.’

Professor Gordon Walker, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

‘With Just Sustainabilities, Julian Agyeman again demonstrates why he is considered one of the world’s foremost modern thinkers on the relationship between humanity and nature. By eloquently making the case that the loss of human potential is as detrimental to our future as the loss of environmental potential, Agyeman shows that we need to transform the way we treat each other as well as the planet.’

Professor Mark Roseland, Director, Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Simon Fraser University, and author of Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments

‘There’s an “equity deficit” in our thinking about urban sustainability’ Read the full review here

Professor Dean Saitta, Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Denver.

“What Agyeman does is put justice issues right back on the sustainability table, with statements such as: “Similarly, the environmental movement with its dominant ‘green’
or environmental sustainability discourse does not include strategies for dealing with current or intra-generational inequalities and injustice issues within its analysis or theory of change”” Read the full review here

Hugh Joseph, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University.

Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning, and Practice (Zed Books)


  1. Jennifer Mante on October 29, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Good Day Professor Agyeman,

    My name is Jennifer and I am a graduate student at the University of Ghana Business School, working on a Masters in Climate Change and Sustainable Development. I have a very keen interest in sustainable cities; particularly its evolutions and how to create one in a developing country like Ghana. I look forward to reading this book, and using any insights to create impact on Accra. I haven’t purchased one yet, but I will very soon!

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