University of Essex Jules Pretty

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University of Essex Jules Pretty

University of Essex Jules Pretty

 

 

 

The author Jules Pretty is based at the borders of the counties of Suffolk and Essex in eastern England. He lives in the village of Nayland, and is Professor of Environment and Society & Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex.

Jules 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. Jules’ latest book, The Edge of Extinction, was published by Cornell University Press in 2014. This Luminous Coast (Full Circle, 2011) was also published in paperback by Cornell.

His forthcoming book (2017) with Cornell University Press is The East Country: Almanac Tales of Valley and Shore.

His research centres on agricultural sustainability, nature and health, and consumption patterns and well-being. A new post on Manifesto for a Green Mind sets out a new research agenda building on healthy behaviours and contact with nature.green minds

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 for 6 years.

He is a Fellow of the Royal 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 UK, US and Swiss government departments and research councils. He is Vice-President of Essex Wildlife Trust and the Rural Community Council of Essex. This Luminous Coast won the New Angle Prize for Literature in 2013. He received the British Science Association Presidential Medal, Agriculture and Food (2015). He is Founding and Chief Editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability.

 

Edge of Extinction reviews

New Scientist (2014)
Times Higher (2014)
Geographical Magazine (2014)

“Always hyper-alert to the landscape and people… His writing tingles.” New Scientist (2014)The Edge of Extinction book cover

“Pretty writes beautifully of the places and people he meets … slowly building up layers of history, ecology, topography and culture.. A wealth of ecological and cultural wisdom emerges (from) each of the chapters.” Times Higher (2014)

“Hugely entertaining (and) wide-ranging. Pretty… offers ‘clues for moderns’ about how to live the good life. There are wonderful accounts of the ways in which nature permeates every aspect of existence.” Geographical Magazine (2014)

New papers

2015 paper published in IJEHR on “greener and prosocial economies”. Free to access.

2015 paper in Insects on how IPM & farmer field schools raise yields & reduce pesticide use by >50%. Free to access

2015 paper in JPH on “mental health outcomes of allotment gardening”. Free to access.

100 Hearts and Habits

100 Hearts and Habits is a year-long campaign to link with The Edge of Extinction. The world needs a global movement to keep it from the edge of extinction. A happier, healthier planet is possible, if the affluent change. The campaign uses social media to raise engagement with the idea of adopting 100 Hearts and Habits (#100HeartsandHabits).

100 Hearts and Habits
Making Our Impacts Positive
A Hundred Hearts and Habits: A 100 Club to Keep the World from the Edge of Extinction

Radio appearances (listen here)

NPR – To The Best of Our Knowledge (on This Luminous Coast)
BBC Radio 4 – Start the Week (on The Edge of Extinction)

 

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Academic Staff

Professor Jules Pretty

Position in department Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Staff position Professor of Environment & Society
Email jpretty@essex.ac.uk
Telephone 01206 874889
Room Vice-Chancellor’s Corridor
Biography Posts

Summary of Wider Involvement

Research Impact

Appointments and Boards

Awards

Further Appointments

Selected Books and Papers

Posts

Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex. He was Head of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2004-2008, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Science & Engineering) from 2010-2012, then Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2012.

He joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1997, having worked for ten years at the International Institute for Environment and Development, where he was director of their sustainable agriculture programme from 1989. Before that, he worked at Imperial College. At the University of Essex, he set up the Centre for Environment and Society, which links across a variety of departments and disciplines.

Summary of Wider Involvement

Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment and Society and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex. His sole-authored books include The East Country (forthcoming 2017), The Edge of Extinction (Cornell University Press, 2014), This Luminous Coast (2011, 2014), The Earth Only Endures (2007), Agri-Culture (2002), The Living Land (1998), and Regenerating Agriculture (1995). He is a Fellow of the Royal 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 BBSRC and the Royal Society.

He was presenter of the 1999 BBC Radio 4 series Ploughing Eden, a contributor and writer for the 2001 BBC TV Correspondent programme The Magic Bean, and a panellist in 2007 for Radio 4’s The Moral Maze. He was appointed A D White Professor-at-Large by Cornell University from 2001, and is Chief & Founding Editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability.

He received an OBE in 2006 for services to sustainable agriculture, and an honorary degree from Ohio State University in 2009. More details can be found at www.julespretty.com.

 

Research Impact (at Dec 2016)

Google Scholar
Citations 30,746 (17,749 since 2011)
h-index: 73
Scopus/Mendeley
Citations 9004
h-index 40

Awards

OBE for “services to sustainable agriculture in the UK and overseas” (2006)
Honorary Degree, Ohio State University (2009)
Indian Ecological Society (1997): International Contributions to Sustainable & Ecological Agriculture
Runner-up for the 2002 European Sicco Mansholt Prize for agricultural science
Agri-Culture short-listed for 2004 World Hunger Year Harry Chapin Media Awards, USA (2004).
This Luminous Coast, East Anglian nature book of the year (2011).
This Luminous Coast, short-listed for Writers Guild non-fiction book of the year (2011).
This Luminous Coast, winner New Angle Prize for Literature (2013).
British Science Association Presidential Medal, Agriculture and Food Section (2015).
Appointments and BoardsFellow Royal Society of Biology FRSB (2003- )
Fellow Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce FRSA (2004- )
External Adviser, Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Steering Group (1998-2006)
Deputy Chair, UK Government Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) (1999-2009)
A D White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University, USA (2001-2007)
Working Group CGIAR Science Council (2002-03) & Selection Panel for Science Panel (2003-06)
Member of UK government’s GM Science Panel (2002-04)
Member of English Nature’s Social & Econ Advisory Group (2003-06); Natural England’s Science Council (2007-11)
Member of International Advisory Committee, China Agric. Univ, Beijing (2003-2007)
Member of Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Advisory Council, Univ of British Colombia (2004-2006)
Member of HEFCE 2008 RAE Sub-Panel 16 (2005-2008)
Member of Swiss National Science Foundation Expert Panel NRP 59 (2006-11)
Member of Lead Expert Group of UK Govt Office of Science Foresight Project Food & Farming Futures (2008-11)
Member of Royal Society Biological Approaches to Improving Crop Production (2008-09)
Chairman of Essex Rural Commission (2008-10)
Member of Expert Panel for UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2009-11)
Member of Royal Society commission People and the Planet (2010-2012)
Member of BBSRC Strategy Advisory Board (2009-2011), member Food Security Strategy Advisory Panel (2011-15)
Member of Swiss National Science Foundation Panel “Green Economies” (2014-15)
Member of the Academy of Medical Sciences panel on Health of the Nation 2030 (2014-16)
Chair, Kansas State University and USAID Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab (2015- )
Further Appointments

Visiting Professor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Vienna (1999)
A D White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University, USA (2001-2007)
Nat C Robertson Visiting Professor, Emory University, Atlanta (2007)
Vice President, Suffolk ACRE (2009 – )
Vice President, Essex Wildlife Trust (2009 – )
Vice President, Rural Community Council of Essex (2010 – )

Website http://www.julespretty.com
Qualifications OBE, FRSB, FRSA
Research interests
  • Connections to nature and place
  • Agricultural sustainability/sustainable intensification
  • Green exercise and health benefits of nature
  • Social capital and natural resources
  • Biodiversity and ecoliteracy
Publications Link to publications for Jules Pretty
Additional information
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Chairman of Essex Rural Commission (2008- )
  • Member of Lead Expert Group of UK Government’s Foresight Global Food and Farming Futures Project (2008-2010)
  • Member of BBSRC’s Strategy Board (2009- )
  • Member of Royal Society working group on Biological Approaches to Improving Crop Production (2008-09)
  • Member of Expert Panel for UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2009- )
  • Former Deputy-Chair of the government’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) (1999-2009)
  • Former A D White Professor-at-Large by Cornell University (2001-2007)
  • Fellow of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society for Arts
  • Chief editor of the International Journal for Agricultural Sustainability
  • 2009 awarded an Honorary Degree by Ohio State University; 1997 award from Indian Ecological Society for “International Contributions to Sustainable and Ecological Agriculture”
  • Vice-president of Suffolk-ACRE and Essex Wildllife Trust
  • Has served on government advisory committees for DEFRA, DFID, the Cabinet Office and DTI
  • A regular speaker, contributor to media, and presenter of the 1999 BBC Radio 4 series Ploughing Eden and contributor and writer for the 2001 BBC TV Correspondent programme The Magic Bean
  • Member of HEFCE 2008 RAE Sub-Panel 16
  • Member of English Nature’s Social and Economic Advisory Group (2003- )
  • Awarded OBE (2006) for services to sustainable agriculture in UK and Overseas