Julian Agyeman, Urban Policy and Planning, Tufts University, Medford MA, USA
Julian Agyeman is the originator of the increasingly influential 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.
Trained in the UK, initially in Geography and Botany, Conservation Policy, and finally Urban Studies, Julian is better known today as a critical urban planning and environmental social science scholar. His combined science and social science background, together with extensive experience in local government, consulting, working for, and board-level advising of NGOs and community-based organizations, helps frame his perspectives, research and writing.
The focus of his research is the relationship between humans and the urban environment and how those relationships impact public polivy and planning processes, particularly in relationship to notions of justice and equity. In the 2018 RBC Sustainability Leadership Lecture, Julian will address the social science involved in shifting the public's understanding of sustainability, and how we can move forward in creating just and sustainable communities.