Julian Agyeman grew up in East Yorkshire in the UK. He is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Massachusetts. With a passion for cities, he centers his research on critical explorations of the complex and embedded relations between humans and the urban environment, whether mediated by governments or social movement organizations, and their effects on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity.
For example, are urban planners as good at fostering belonging (recognition, reconciliation, difference, diversity, inclusion) as they are at developing prescriptions for what our cities can become (smart cities, sharing cities, sustainable cities, resilient cities)? His conviction is that 'just sustainabilities', which centers belonging and becoming, can help us think through both, together.