Jules Pretty

Author and Professor of Environment and Society

Featured Works

Notices on books

The East Country: winner of East Anglian book awards book of the year (2018)

“A literary lullaby…with whispered, timely echoes of Leopold’s land ethic” Nick Crane

“Deeply felt and open-hearted” Ken Worpole

“Mystical, a song of praise for a world that is vanishing” Astrid Ogilvie

The Edge of Extinction

“Hyper-alert to landscape and people… his writing tingles” New Scientist

“Beautifully written…a wealth of ecological and cultural wisdom emerges” Times Higher Magazine

“Offers clues for moderns about how to live the good life” Geographical Magazine

This Luminous Coast: winner of the New Angle Prize for Literature (2013), runner-up Writer’s Guild of GB non-fiction book of the year (2011)

“A vivid, loving, wise, but troubled portrait of one of the richest but least known regions of Britain” Richard Mabey

“A message in a bottle, to the future when, perhaps, the land itself to which the stories refer will be gone” Jay Griffiths

“A fine, wise book of foot-travel through the local and into the universal” Robert Macfarlane

“Beautifully written, charting identity: where we belong, how we find, create and inherit a sense of home.. nourishing and inspirational” Madeleine Bunting

My Work


Nature and health, green exercise and green minds

Sustainability in agricultural and food systems

Consumption patterns, the climate crisis and well-being


I am Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex, and Director of the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement.

I am co-host of the podcast Louder Than Words.

I am President of the Essex Wildlife Trust, Trustee of WWF-UK, Chair of the External Advisory Board for the Sustainable Intensification Lab at Kansas State University.

Socials & externals

You can follow social media postings on consumption patterns, and on nature and wellbeing @julespretty1

I am in the World Top 0.1% of Highly-Cited Authors

Commissioner for the Essex Climate Action Commission, and Chair of the Essex Renewal Project

About Jules Pretty

I am based at the borders of the counties of Suffolk and Essex in eastern England, and live in the village of Nayland.

My sole-authored books include The East Country (2017), The Edge of Extinction (2014), This Luminous Coast (2011), The Earth Only Endures (2007), Agri-Culture (2002) and Regenerating Agriculture (1995). The Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture (2018) was co-written with Zareen Bharucha, Ecocultures (2014) co-edited with Zareen Bharucha and Steffen Bohm, and Nature and Culture (2011) co-edited with Sarah Pilgrm. Two new books are forthcoming for 2022: Sea Sagas of the North; and Green Minds and a Good Life: A Farewell to the Ills of Affluence.

I am Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 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 served on advisory committees for BBSRC and the Royal Society.

I presented the BBC Radio 4 series Ploughing Eden, was contributor and writer for the BBC TV Correspondent programme The Magic Bean, and panellist in 2007 for Radio 4’s The Moral Maze.

I received a 1997 award from the Indian Ecological Society, was appointed A D White Professor-at-Large by Cornell University (2001-07), and am Chief & Founding Editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. I was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to sustainable agriculture, an honorary degree from Ohio State University in 2009, and the British Science Association Presidential Medal (Agriculture and Food) in 2015.

Get in Touch

Centre for Public and Policy Engagement & School of Life Sciences
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

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