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. 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 with the idea of a university as one of his main research interests.


  • 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 has progressed into an academic career following part-time and distance study with the Open University and the University of Birmingham. His role now focuses predominantly on conducting teaching and research but still has a keen interest in media for learning environments from both research and practice perspectives.

Adam’s academic research interests include the intersection of education, technology and society. His work has focused on higher education and the concept of the university in society across both time (historically) and space (across and between institutions, online and offline).

In particular, Adam’s research analyses discourses and policy objects surrounding the idea and purpose of universities and higher education in the past, present and future. This includes drawing upon sociology and philosophy of Education and Technology and the broad and diverse field of New Materialism.

Adam is a social scientist by academic background and training and has an interest in interdisciplinary collaborations with other academic disciplines and industry as well as adopting creative research methods.


  • Programme Lead – PGCert Design for Learning Environments
  • Module Lead – Sociotechnical Learning Environments (PGCert Design for Learning Environments)
  • Module Lead – Communicating Design Stories (PGCert  Design for Learning Environments)
  • Module Lead – Alternative Approaches to Education (MA Education)
  • Young People and Social Change (BA Education)

Doctoral research

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