Dr David Adams MA, PhD

Dr David Adams

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer in Urban Planning

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr David Adams has research interests in urban planning and urban geography.  He has a Geography BSc (2002) from Loughborough University, an MA in Spatial Planning (2008) and a PhD (2014) in planning from Birmingham City University.  He taught planning at Birmingham City University from 2008 until 2017.  In 2015, he became the programme lead for Birmingham City University’s Royal Town Planning Institute-accredited undergraduate planning course. Prior to taking-up his teaching post, Dr Adams worked in public sector planning.


  • PhD in Planning, Birmingham City University, 2014
  • MA in Spatial Planning, Birmingham City University, 2008
  • BSc (Hons) Geography, Loughborough University, 2002


Recent publications


Adams, D & Larkham, P 2019, The Everyday Experiences of Reconstruction and Regeneration: From Vision to Reality in Birmingham and Coventry. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315558424


Adams, D, Smith, M, Larkham, P & Abidin, J 2019, 'Encounters with a future past: navigating the shifting urban atmospheres of place', Journal of Urban Design. https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2019.1592668

Adams, D & Larkham, P 2018, 'Planners in space', Town and Country Planning, no. 87, pp. 307-315.

Hardman, M, St Clair, R, Adams, D, Armitage, R, Larkham, P, Barry, V & Sherriff, G 2018, 'Urban agriculture: evaluating informal and formal practices', North West Geography, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 1-11. <http://www.mangeogsoc.org.uk/publications/north-west-geography/volume-18-2018/>

Adams, D & Larkham, P 2016, 'The Un-necessary Monument? The Origins, Impact and Potential Conservation of Birmingham Central Library', Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society, vol. 60, pp. 94-127.

Adams, D & Larkham, P 2016, 'Walking with the ghosts of the past: unearthing the value of residents' urban nostalgias', Urban Studies, vol. 53, no. 10, pp. 2004-2022. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098015588683

Adams, D, Larkham, P & Hardman, M 2015, 'Exploring guerrilla gardening: gauging public views on the grassroots activity', Local Environment, vol. 20, no. 10, pp. 1231-1246. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2014.980227

Adams, D, Larkham, P & Pain, K 2015, 'Viewpoint: Re-evaluating the place of urban planning history', Town Planning Review, vol. 86, no. 4, pp. 373-379. https://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2015.24

Adams, D, Scott, AJ & Hardman, M 2013, 'Guerrilla warfare in the planning system: revolutionary progress towards sustainability?', Geografiska Annaler. Series B. Human Geography , vol. 95, no. 4, pp. 375-387. https://doi.org/10.1111/geob.12031

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