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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, 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 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 in 1996, and is now Editor-in-Chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the same year. The mission of the RSA is to enrich society through ideas and action.

He is Series Editor of Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice published by Zed Books and Co-Editor of the Series Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City. He is also Contributing Editor to Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development and a member of the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Environmental Education. In addition, he is an Affiliate at the Civitas Athenaeum Laboratory at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, a Studio Associate at The Studio at the Edge of the World, University of Tasmania Creative Exchange Institute and a Senior Scholar at The Center for Humans and Nature, Chicago.

His publications, which number over 160, include 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 books include Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (co-edited with Robert D Bullard and Bob Evans: MIT Press 2003), Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (NYU Press 2005), Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices (co-edited with JoAnn Carmin: MIT Press 2011), Cultivating Food Justice : Race, Class and Sustainability (co-edited with Alison Hope Alkon: MIT Press 2011), Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books 2013) and Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities (co-edited with Stephen Zavestoski: Routledge 2014) and  Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (co-authored with Duncan McLaren: MIT Press 2015).

Thursday, September 29   |   4:45 – 6:15PM 
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis (JBD) Lecture Hall


DOOLING65x65.jpgSarah Dooling is an urban ecologist working on urban vulnerabilities. Integrating natural and social science disciplines with design, she studies social and ecological dynamics associated with current and future vulnerable conditions in cities.  Her research draws inspiration from the idea that ecological change is never socially neutral, and social change always has ecological consequences.

Out of work that analyzed connections between homelessness and public urban parks, she developed the concept of ecological gentrification. Her recent work focuses on novel ecologies, climate change and pedagogy; green infrastructure planning in gentrifying neighborhoods; and vulnerability assessments. She has published in BioScience, Global Environmental Change and other leading journals, and is co-editor of the book Cities, Nature and Development: The Politics and Production of Urban Vulnerabilities.

Dooling worked as a field biologist for ten years. She received a Master’s in Social Work and worked as a community planner in rural Maine. In 2008, she received a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Design and Planning from the University of Washington, during which time she was a National Science Foundation IGERT Urban Ecology Fellow. Dr. Dooling was faculty at the University of Texas for eight years, and is now an Independent Researcher.  

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29    |   11:15 – 1:00PM 


Seitu Jones new.jpgWorking on his own or with others, Seitu Kenneth Jones has created over 30 large-scale public artworks. He integrated artwork into three LRT stations along the Green Line that connects downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis.

Seitu was millennium artist-in-residence for 651 Arts, in Brooklyn, NY and was the City of Minneapolis’ first Artist-in-Residence.

A 2013 Joyce Award, from Chicago’s Joyce Foundation allowed Seitu to develop CREATE: The Community Meal, a dinner for 2000 people at a table ½ mile long that focused on access to healthy food and food justice. In addition, he worked with members of his neighborhood to create a 12-acre farm and park in Frogtown, St. Paul.

Seitu was recently awarded a $50,000 Forecast McKnight Public Art Grant to design and build a floating sculptural installation (boat) to act as a research vessel for the Mississippi River.

Seitu was awarded a Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellowship to research cultural landscapes. Seitu holds a BS in Landscape and a MLS in Environmental History. Seitu also teaches Urban Food Systems in the Urban Studies program at the University of Minnesota and is on the faculty of the Goddard College MFA-Interdisciplinary Arts, in Port Townsend, WA.

Friday, SEPTEMBER 30   |  9:10 – 10:40AM 


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Chris Ward ’76 is Chief Executive Metro NY, Senior VP at AECOM where he leads strategic growth and profitability of the Design and Consulting Services group in the New York and East Coast region. His 30-plus-year career in infrastructure and government includes experience in both the public and the private sectors. He also led the effort to redevelop the World Trade Center project for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Ward also served the Bloomberg Administration in New York City, leading the Department of Environmental Protection in a robust expansion of its capital plan. Mr. Ward has been an Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Mr. Ward received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College.

Saturday, October 1   |   12:30 – 1:30PM 
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel