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"
Doctor of Professional Studies (Transdisciplinary Practice) Programme Leader Part One.
Master of Professional Studies Co-Leader with Prof Brian Sutton
Doctor of Professional Studies (Public Works) Supervisor
Learning and teaching interests in pedagogies of practitioner research, action research, reflexivity, narrative inquiry in leadership and organisation development.
Professional interests include leadership development in the 3rd sector, and storytelling in professional and organisational contexts.
Current research interests: Conceptualising the complexities of practice (articulating expertise), pedagogy of becoming, reflexive practices, 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. (2018) Abductive Research Design: trusting the agential knowing if the practitioner as researcher. International Conference on the Professional Doctorate, London.
Adams, D. (2017). The Curious Practitioner: developing research-minded practice in the voluntary sector. The Voluntay Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, Nottingham.
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.
Adams, David M. (2014) Work based learning. In: The SAGE encyclopedia of action research. Coghlan, David and Brydon-Miller, Mary , eds. SAGE. ISBN 9781849200271
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.
Link Tutor on the Doctorate in Organisational Change, Ashridge Executive Education.
Interest in professional and organisational development in the Third Sector - NGOs, charities, social enterprises, etc.
Chair of Board of Trustees, International School of Storytelling.
Chair of Board of Trustees, ICMC - Partners in Communication, equipping media practitioners in transitional contexts around the world.