Jules Pretty 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 2012-2019. 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. His sole-authored books include The East Country (Cornell Univ Press, 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 received an OBE in 2006 for services to sustainable agriculture, and an honorary degree from Ohio State University in 2009.