Keynote speaker

Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA

Julian Agyeman

Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. He is the originator of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities’, the full 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.

As an ecologist/biogeographer turned environmental social scientist, he has both a science and social science background which helps frame his perspectives and scholarship. He thrives at the borders and intersections of a wide range of knowledges, disciplines and methodologies which he utilizes in creative and original ways in his research.

He was co-founder in 1988, and chair until 1994, of the Black Environment Network (BEN), the first environmental justice-based organization of its kind in Britain. He was co-founder and is now Editor-in-Chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. In 1996 he was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) whose mission is to enrich society through ideas and action.

Dr. Agyeman is Series Editor of Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice , Co-Editor of the Series Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City, and Contributing Editor to Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development. He serves on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Environmental Education.

His has over 160 publications, including books, peer reviewed articles, book chapters, published conference presentations, published reports, book reviews, newspaper articles, Op-Eds and articles in professional magazines and journals. His new book, Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (co-authored with Duncan McLaren: MIT Press), will be published December 2015.

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