Dr Adam Matthews

Adam Matthews

School of Education
Lecturer in Education, Technology and Society

Adam Matthews is a Lecturer in Education, Technology and Society at the University of Birmingham. Adam works across both Engineering and Physical Sciences and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. This allows for interdisciplinary working in both teaching and research. Adam’s academic background and training is in the Social Sciences and research interests focus on the intersection of education, technology and society.

Adam leads the EPS online postgraduate distance learning programme – Design for Learning Environments. This involves collaboration with colleagues from engineering, computing and data science.

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  • PhD in Sociology of Education, University of Birmingham
  • PGCert in Advanced Research Methods, University of Birmingham
  • BSc (Hons) Combined Social Sciences (Psychology), Open University


Adam has worked in the field of learning and technology since 2006 as both a practitioner and academic. As a learning and instructional designer, he has worked in a diverse range of sectors including travel, retail, sports coaching, policing, media communications, banking and higher education. This has included design and leadership roles.

Adam’s academic research interests include the intersection of education, technology and society. In particular, Adam’s research analyses discourse surrounding new technologies in education and wider society. This includes drawing upon sociology and philosophy of Education and Science and Technology Studies (STS). Adam is a social scientist by academic background and training and has an interest in interdisciplinary collaborations with other academic disciplines and industry.


  • Programme lead – Design for Learning Environments
  • BA Education
  • MA Education

Doctoral research

PhD title
Humans, higher education and technology - A corpus-assisted discourse and genealogical analysis of the idea of a university