David Adams has combined a career in international media with an active involvement in post-graduate education for more than thirty years. He has extensive experience in media education, journalism, and international development, having been involved in programme making, training, and management in radio, television, and the internet in numerous countries around the world. His professional and academic interests include the fields of action research, professional learning, organisation development, and work based learning. He has travelled widely, at the invitation of NGO and media agencies, to advise and train in organisational change, management, and communication strategy. He completed his PhD in Professional Practice at the University of Bath.
PhD title: "When being professional means becoming myself: towards integrity and presence in practice"
Learning & Teaching Interests
Doctorate in Professional Studies Module Leader DPS4520 - Review of Learning
Institute for Work Based Learning: Programme Adviser on the Masters and Doctorate in Professional Studies and the Professional Doctorate by Public Works.
Learning and teaching interests in pedagogies of practitioner research, action research, reflexivity, narrative inquiry in leadership and organisation development.
Research Outputs & Interests
Current research interests: Conceptualising the complexities of practice (articulating expertise), pedagogy of becoming, reflexivity, narrative ways of knowing.
Adams, D. (2014) Work Based Learning in Coghlan, D., Brydon-Miller M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Action Research. SAGE
Adams, D. (2014) First Person Action Research in Coghlan, D., Brydon-Miller M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Action Research. SAGE
Recent Conference Papers/Presentations
Adams, D. & Maguire, K. (2014) The Professional Doctorate by Public Works as a research degree; pedagogical issues in the critical engagement with significant outputs in the public domain with evidenced impact. International Conference on the Professional Doctorate, Cardiff.
Adams, D. & Salyers-Brown, S. (2014)Towards a Pedagogy of Becoming: facilitating adult learning in the 21st century. Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) Annual Conference, UCL, London.
Maguire, Kate and Adams, David M. (2014) What would Stradivari have to have done to receive a DProf by Public Works? In: 4th International Conference on Professional Doctorates, 10-11 Apr 2014, Cardiff, UK.
Adams, David M. (2011) When being professional means becoming myself: towards integrity and presence in practice. PhD thesis, University of Bath.
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
Engagement & Impact
Link Tutor on the Professional Doctorate in Organisational Change, Ashridge Business School and the Professional Doctorate in Contributions to Intercultural Understanding, Islamic College for Advanced Studies (London)
Particular interest in professional and organisational development in the Third Sector - NGOs, charities, social enterprises, etc.