Julian Agyeman

'Currently, around the globe we waste human potential as wantonly and comprehensively as we lay waste to our environmental potential, and this is no surprise, as both actions are directly related'

Julian Agyeman is a professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, MA, USA. He is a passionate about the need to integrate the causes of environmental sustainability and social justice, a concept he calls 'just sustainabilities'.

He was born in East Yorkshire where he developed a love for the great outdoors.

But the hobby soon evolved into his life's work as he studied environmental and social sciences, and co-founded the Black Environment Network (BEN) in 1988, in order to investigate why the British countryside was seen as a "white space". He chaired the organisation until 1994 and two years later co-founded an international journal on justice, sustainability and the environment.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, the author of numerous books as well as a frequent commentator and reviewer for national and international publications and broadcasters.