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


One of Dr David Adams main areas of interest relates to planning history and in exploring the relationship between official planning representations and individual experiences or urban change.  Dr Adams also has research interests in exploring the various ways in which different groups and individuals develop alternative approaches to future challenges through their multi-functional use of urban space.

Postgraduate supervision

I have co-supervised PhD students with interests in the broad areas of ‘reconstruction and regeneration of North African cities’, ‘community gardening, healthy planning and building ‘better’ planning frameworks’, ‘global-local planning and sustainable placemaking’ and ‘sustainable construction’.


Recent publications

Larkham, P.J. and Adams, D. (2017) ‘Originality and Authenticity in the Post-War Reconstruction of Britain’, in J. Bold, P.J. Larkham and R. Pickard (eds) Authentic Reconstruction: Authenticity, Architecture and the Built Heritage, Bloomsbury, London.

Larkham, P.J. and Adams, D. (2016) ‘The Un-necessary Monument? The Origins, Impact and Potential Conservation of Birmingham Central Library’, Transactions of the Ancient Monument Society 60, 94-127.

Adams, D. and Larkham, P.J.  (2016) ‘Walking with the Ghosts of the Past: Unearthing the Value of Residents’ Urban Nostalgias’, Urban Studies 53 (10), 2004-2022.

Adams, D. Hardman, M. and Larkham, P. (2016)n  ‘Exploring informal gardening: gauging public views on guerrilla activity’, Local Environment, 20 (10), 1231-1246.

Adams, D., Larkham, P. and Pain, K. (2015)  ‘Re-evaluating the place of urban planning history’, ‘Commentary’, Town Planning Review 86, (4), 373-380.

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