This course will be taught by Professor Julian Agyeman, PhD, FRSA, a professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning on Tufts' Medford campus. This class offers students different lenses, such as critical race theory to see how the intersectionality of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and citizenship play out in the development of systemic structural and socio-spatial inequities and injustices in food systems. It develops an understanding and contextualization of the role of food justice activism within the broader narrative of the alternative food movement and offers emerging ideas about how policymakers and planners can take a role in increasing food justice beyond the more mainstream and ultimately contested notions of what is "local" and "sustainable." The course will help participants chart their role(s) in advocating for 'just sustainability' as a defining factor in becoming food systems planners and policymakers. This course is cross-listed with UEP 0285.
Course textbook: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/cultivating-food-justice
Lecture Format: Online Synchronous