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Professor Jules Pretty

Position in departmentDeputy Vice-Chancellor
Staff positionProfessor of Environment & Society
Emailjpretty@essex.ac.uk
Telephone01206 874889
RoomVice-Chancellor's Corridor
Biography

Posts

Summary of Wider Involvement

Research Impact

Memberships 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 (now the Essex Sustainability Institute), which links across a variety of departments and disciplines.

Summary of Wider Involvement 

Jules Pretty is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex, and Professor of Environment and Society. His 18 books include This Luminous Coast (2011), Nature and Culture (2010), The Earth Only Endures (2007), and Agri-Culture (2002). 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 a number of government departments and research councils. He was a member of two Royal Society working groups that published Reaping the Benefits (2009) and People and the Planet (2012), and was a member of the UK government Foresight project on Global Food and Farming Futures (2011).

 He is the founding Chief 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 July 2013)

 Web of Science

Citations 3410

h-index 26

Mean citations per paper 31.9

 

Google scholar

March 2014

Citations now 19,502; (10,421 since 2009)

h-index: 61 (49 since 2009)

 

Memberships and Boards

Institute of Biology: Fellow (2003- ) FIBiol; Member (1986- ); 2009 Society of Biology (FSB)

Freeman of City of London (1988- )

British Agricultural History Society (1989- ), Suffolk Records Society (1989- )

Advisory Board, Rural History Centre, University of Reading (1993-96)

Neighbourhood Think Tank, London (1993-99), Agricultural Reform Group, London (1993- )

Editorial Boards: Agriculture and Human Values (1995- ), World Development (1995- ), International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology (1999- ), Society and Ecology (2005- )

Trustee: Farmers World Network (1997-01) and The Pesticides Action Network (1997-01)

External Adviser, Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Steering Group (1998- )

Member of European Landowners Policy Group, chaired by HRH Prince Lorenz of Belgium (1998- 01)

Deputy Chair, UK Govt’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) (1999-2009)

Chair, Colchester Anti-Poverty Forum (2000-02)

A D White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University, USA (2001-2007)

Chief Editor, International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability (2002- )

Member of UN FAO steering committee on Land Degradation and Assessment (2002-04)

Working Group on CGIAR Science Council (2002-03) & Selection Panel for members of Science Panel (2003, 2004, 2006)

Member of International Jury for the Slow Food Award (2002- )

Member of UK government’s GM Science Panel (2002-04)

Member of English Nature’s Social & Econ Advisory Gp (2003-06); member of Natural England’s Science Council (2007- )

Member of International Advisory Committee, College of Humanities & Devt, China Agric. Univ, Beijing (2003-2007)

Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (Jan 04). FRSA

Member of Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Advisory Council, Univ of British Colombia (2004-2006)

Member of HEFCE 2008 RAE Sub-Panel 16 (2005-2008)

Trustee of Essex Wildlife Trust (2005-2009)

Trustee of Operation Wallacea Trust (2005-2009)

Member, University of Essex Council (2005-08, 2010- )

Member, Swiss National Science Foundation Expert Panel NRP 59 (2006-11)

Member, Lead Expert Group of Foresight Project Food & Farming Futures (2008-11)

Member, Royal Society commission on Biological Approaches to Improving Crop Production (2008-09)

Chairman of Essex Rural Commission (2008-10)

Member, Expert Panel for UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2009-11)

Member of GFAR Expert Group for GCARD (2009-10)

Member of Royal Society commission People and the Planet (2010-2012)

Member of BBSRC Strategy Advisory Board (2009-2011), then member of Food Security Strategy Advisory Panel (2011- )

Awards

OBE for “services to sustainable agriculture in the UK and overseas” (2006)

Honorary Degree, Ohio State University (2009)

Indian Ecological Society and Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (November 1997): for “International Contributions to Sustainable and Ecological Agriculture”.

Runner-up for the 2002 European Sicco Mansholt Prize for agricultural science.

Agri-Culture book short-listed for 2004 World Hunger Year Harry Chapin Media Awards, USA (March 2004)

This Luminous Coast, East Anglian nature book of the year (Nov 2011)

This Luminous Coast, short-listed for Writers Guild non-fiction book of the year (Nov 2011)

 

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 - )

Websitehttp://www.julespretty.com
Qualifications

OBE, FSB, FRSA

Research interests
  • Connections to nature and place
  • Agricultural sustainability
  • Green exercise and health benefits of nature
  • Social capital and natural resources
  • Biodiversity and ecoliteracy

PublicationsLink 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

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