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Research Profile

Prof Barbara Adam 

Professor Barbara Adam
Position:Emerita Professor
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 75565
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74175
contact info:

Address:2.29 Glamorgan Building

Research Interests


  • Time Theory and Practice across social and socio-environmental domains
  • Futures Theory and Practice across social domains past and present
  • Social theory and socio-environmental theory

My primary expertise is in the area of social and socio-environmental time. I have developed this perspective over the last three decades during which I have worked the time dimension into the following areas of conceptual and empirical social science research: culture, education, environment, environmental economics, food, globalisation, gender, health, international relations, management, media, risk, technological innovation, transport and work.

As an integral part of this research commitment I edited the international, trans-disciplinary Sage journal Time & Society, which I founded in 1992 and handed over to new editors towards the end of 1998.

Since 2003 I have expanded the time focus to 'the future' under the ESRC's Professorial Fellowship Scheme ‘In Pursuit of the Future’. This work is theoretically challenging and has significant implications for policy and entrepreneurial practice. The End-of-Award Report of this project has been rewarded an ‘outstanding’ grade. This research is ongoing and encompasses work on risk and uncertainty. Extensive networks of international collaborators have been built up across the full breadth of this future and risk domain.

Archive of Presentation Papers to Download

A large number of my presentations are available for downloading. For my archive of presentation papers, please visit here

Recent News

I have been interviewed for a Stefan Skrimshire Film, 'Beyond the Tipping Point?'. It is a documentary film about climate, action and the future. It is a free resource for groups to provoke discussion and open up debate.

I have been interviewed by Ben Holden for a new environmental project entitled ‘Sentient Cities’.