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Professor of Environment and Society and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex

Jules Pretty is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex, and Professor of Environment and Society. He has written and edited several books on the braiding of nature and people, exploring the importance of place and the land for identity and health of individuals and cultures. His research centres on agricultural sustainability, nature and health, and consumption patterns and well-being.

Jules received an OBE in 2006 for services to sustainable agriculture, an honorary degree from Ohio State University in 2009, and was a visiting Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, former Deputy-Chair of the government’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment, and has served on advisory committees for government departments and research councils. He is Vice-President of Essex Wildlife Trust, the Rural Community Council of Essex and Community Action Suffolk (formerly Suffolk ACRE).

He is the founding Chief Editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability.

His latest book, The Edge of Extinction, was published by Cornell University Press in 2014. His previous book was the prize winning This Luminous Coast (2011)

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    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Environment & Society, University of Essex