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 2023, 'Building a coalition of sustainable cities', Town Planning Review, vol. 94, no. 4, pp. 351-361. https://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2022.15

Adams, D, Larkham, P & Hardman, M 2023, 'Edible Garden Cities: Rethinking Boundaries and Integrating Hedges into Scalable Urban Food Systems', Land, vol. 12, no. 10, 1915. https://doi.org/10.3390/land12101915

Larkham, P & Adams, D 2023, 'The post-war reconstruction planning of London', Planning Perspectives. https://doi.org/10.1080/02665433.2023.2200400

Adams, D & Larkham, P 2022, 'Contesting urban monuments: future directions for the controversial monumental landscapes of civic grandeur', International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 891-906. https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2022.2092764

Larkham, P & Adams, D 2022, 'Relics of War: Damaged Structures and Their Replacement or Management in Modern Landscapes', Sustainability, vol. 14, no. 20, 13513. https://doi.org/10.3390/su142013513

Adams, D, Andres, L, Denoon-Stevens, SP & Melgaco Silva Marques, L 2020, 'Challenges, opportunities and legacies: experiencing the internationalising of UK planning curricula across space and time', Town Planning Review.

Adams, D & Ward, L 2020, 'Disability, Terror and Safety in the City: Charting Individuals’ Spatio-temporal Encounters with Counter-terrorism Measures in Birmingham, UK', Planning Practice and Research.

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

Larkham, P & Adams, D 2019, 'Persistence, inertia, adaptation and life cycle: applying urban morphological ideas to conceptualise sustainable city-centre change', ICONARP International Journal of Architecture & Planning. <https://gcris.ktun.edu.tr/bitstream/20.500.13091/1882/1/document%20%2823%29.pdf>

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, Adams, M & Hardman, M 2021, Guérilla jardinière, résistance et espace public. in L Granchamp & S Glatron (eds), Militantismes et potagers. 1st edn, Environnement et société, Presses universitaires du Septentrion. <https://www.septentrion.com/FR/livre/?GCOI=27574100305170>

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