Julian Agyeman’s contribution to the “Just Environments” series calls for the planning, design, and maintenance of culturally inclusive spaces, highlighting the ways in which the built environment can facilitate spatial justice. In doing so, he argues for the need to focus on interculturalism—that is, cross-cultural overlap, interaction, and negotiation—as a means of transforming cities into more just and inclusive ones.
Julian Agyeman is professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University. As an ecologist/biogeographer turned environmental social scientist, Agyeman has both a science and social science background, which helps frame his perspectives, research, 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 cofounder in 1996, and is now editor-in-chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. His books include Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (coedited with Robert D. Bullard and Bob Evans; MIT Press, 2003), Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (NYU Press, 2005), Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (coedited with Alison Hope Alkon; MIT Press, 2011), Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books, 2013), Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities (coedited with Stephen Zavestoski; Routledge, 2014) and Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (coauthored with Duncan McLaren; MIT Press, 2015). His latest book is Food Trucks, Cultural Identity and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love (coedited with Caitlin Matthews and Hannah Sobel; MIT Press, 2017).