TD Walter Bean Professorship in Environment

Join us for our 2020 Professorship in Environment
"Just Sustainabilites in Urban Planning, Policy and Practice"

Professor Julian Agyeman FRSA FRGSIn his talk, Julian will outline the concept of just sustainabilities as a response to the ‘equity deficit’ of much sustainability thinking and practice. He will explore his contention that who can belong in our cities will ultimately determine what our cities can become. He will illustrate his ideas with examples from urban planning and design, urban agriculture and food justice, the ‘Minneapolis Paradox’ and the concept of sharing cities.

JULIAN AGYEMAN Ph.D. FRSA FRGS is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the originator of the increasingly influential concept of just sustainabilities, the intentional integration of social justice and environmental sustainability.

He believes that what our cities can become (sustainable, smart, sharing and resilient) and who is allowed to belong in them (recognition of difference, diversity, and a right to the city) are fundamentally and inextricably interlinked. We must therefore act on both belonging and becoming, together, using just sustainabilities as the anchor, or face deepening spatial and social inequities and inequalities.

He is the author or editor of 12 books, including Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT Press, 2011), and Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (MIT Press, 2015), one of Nature’s Top 20 Books of 2015. In 2018, he was awarded the Athena City Accolade by KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, for his "outstanding contribution to the field of social justice and ecological sustainability, environmental policy and planning".


The TD Walter Bean Professorship in Environment was founded in 1992 by the late Walter Bean, who was president of Waterloo Trust until its merger with Canada Trust in 1968. Since 1994, the professorship has promoted hands-on learning and a focus on youth, education and the environment. Formerly a partnership between the University of Waterloo's faculties of Engineering, Environment and Science, as of 2019, the Faculty of Environment will be the host of the TD Walter Bean Professorship in Environment.

Many of us are concerned about the world the next generation will inherit. That’s why our partners at TD Canada Trust, are committed to help create a more vibrant planet by continuing to grow and enhance green spaces for everyone to use. The Faculty of Environment is proud to use our unique position as a leading teaching and research institute for the environment to create sustainable solutions needed to address the complex challenges facing our world to bring you the TD Walter Bean Professorship and Public Lectures.

Thanks to generous support and sponsorship from TD Canada Trust, the Faculty of Environment continues its mission to raise awareness for global sustainability and offers an opportunity for our broader community including all Waterloo alumni, students, community members, and high school students from across Ontario to learn and understand how their decisions and actions affect the environment. With each lecture highlighting one or more of the United Nations' Sustainable Development goals, attendees are able to build the knowledge and skills necessary to address and unpack complex environmental issues.