Dr Mags Adams

Lecturer in Human Geography

Office Times

See my office door for times each semester or email for appointment 

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Salford with a PhD in Science Studies from Lancaster University, a BA (Hons) in Economics from UCNW and an MSc in Geography: European Environmental Policy and Regulation from Lancaster University.  

I have followed a research career that includes being a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Salford, a Senior Research Associate at the University of Lancaster and the Urban Settlements Research Team Leader at Landcare Research in New Zealand. I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and I co-founded and currently chair the Food Geographies Working Group (https://foodgeographies.wordpress.com/).

Teaching

My teaching is research-led as I have a passion for sharing research opportunities with students. I lead five modules in ELS across the BSc Geography, BA Geography, BSc Environmental Management and Foundation with Biology and Environment programmes and contribute to a further three.  I take students out into the field in all my modules, as I believe the best way for them to learn research methods is through their application in real world contexts.

My teaching includes looking at urban sustainability and liveability, understanding food geographies including shopping, eating, waste management and the global food system, processes of urban regeneration, sustainable transport and mobility, understanding the provision and use of urban green space, and understanding the city as a sensory environment.  

I have specialist research skills in qualitative methods and analysis and interdisciplinary research. I lead a second year international fieldtrip for BA Geography and BSc Environmental Management students (for the past few years this has been to Scandinavia). I supervise human geography related undergraduate dissertation students.

I have a PG Cert in Academic Practice and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Research Interests

The intellectual core of my work considers the ways in which sustainability can be understood as a reflection of the entanglement of social practice, scientific knowledge and policy. Since my PhD, which investigated the role of the precautionary principle in decision-making about environmental issues in the UK, exploring the paradox of making decisions in the presence of scientific uncertainty while still depending on existing scientific knowledge and evidence, I have developed a research strategy aimed at unpacking the messiness of sustainability in relation to food systems and food poverty, transport and mobilities, green space provision and use, urban design and regeneration, and urban sensescapes and soundscapes.

Key findings in my work relate to the multiple uses and affordances of urban public spaces and developing this further involves looking at how urban residents engage in designing and developing urban green spaces, including allotments and community gardens, and how this is facilitated through policy discourses and planning. I am also interested in sustainable mobility and have published on how mobility has changed over the life course.

My most recent research takes a sensory ethnographic approach to understanding food systems at different scales and focuses on food acquisition and consumption, food production and distribution and food waste. Of key significance is unpacking the social and cultural dimensions of production and consumption and how urban living shapes food security issues.

I held a prestigious ESRC seminar series award in 2007-08 ‘Rethinking the urban experience: the sensory production of place’ to develop and promote a critical sensory urbanism agenda in the UK. This connected with my work as co-investigator on the interdisciplinary £1M ESPRC Positive Soundscapes Project which used soundwalks and focus groups to determine the components of soundscapes in urban areas. These were then used in lab tests to determine the key dimensions of the emotional response to a soundscape. I am currently interested in further investigating the role of soundscapes as they relate to wellbeing in urban environments.

I have received funding from the EPSRC, ESRC and Defra. 

I am interested in supervising PhD students with interesting proposals in the areas of food geographies, green space and wellbeing, sensory geographies and sustainable mobilities. Please email me to discuss your ideas. 

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Science Studies, Lancaster University 

MSc European Environmental Policy and Regulation, Geography, Lancaster University

BA (Hons) Economics, UCNW, Bangor

PG Cert Academic Practice, University of Salford

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Publications

Adams, M., Cornes, C., Armitage, R., Miah, A., Clark, A., & St Clair, R. (2016). Sustainable regeneration: everyday landscapes of food acquisition Pendleton. Report for Pendleton Together.

Hardman, M., St Clair, R., Adams, M., Armitage, R., & Sherriff, G. (2016). Real Food Wythenshawe Baseline Report. Report for Real Food Wythenshawe.

Adams M. (2014) Quality of Urban Spaces and Wellbeing. In: Cooper R, Burton E and Cooper CL (eds) Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide Volume II, Wellbeing and the Environment. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 249-271.

Davies, W. J., Adams, M. D., Bruce, N. S., Cain, R., Carlyle, A., Cusack, P., Hall, D. A., Hume, K. I., Irwin, A., Jennings, P., Marselle, M., Plack, C. J. & Poxon, J. (2013). Perception of soundscapes: An interdisciplinary approach. Applied Acoustics, 74 224–231.

Refaee M, Sharples S, Moore G, Croxford B, Adams M and Cox T (2010) Physical and perceptional investigations of the urban environment in Clerkenwell. In:  Tolba M K, Abdel-Hadi A and Soliman S (eds). Environment, Health, and Sustainable Development. London: Hogrefe Publishing.

Adams M, Cox T, Moore G, Croxford B, Sharples S, Refaee M (2009). The sensory city. In: Cooper R, Boyko C, Evans G, Hanson J (eds). Designing Sustainable Cities. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Adams M (2009). Hearing the city: reflections on soundwalking. Qualitative Researcher 10(July): 6-9.

Moorhouse AT, Waddington DC, Adams M (2009). A procedure for the assessment of low frequency noise complaints. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 126(3): 1131-1141.

James, P & Tzoulas, K & Adams, M & Barber, A & Box, J & Breuste, J & Elmqvist, T & Frith, M & Gordon, C & Greening, K L & Haworth, S & Kazmierczak, A E & Johnston, M & Korpela, K & Moretti, M & Niemelä, J & Pauleit, S & Roe, M H & Sadler, J P & Thompson, C W (2009). Towards an integrated understanding of green space in the built environment. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 8(2): 65-75.

Adams, M & Davies, W J & Bruce, N S (2009), Soundscapes: an urban planning process map. Internoise 2009, 23-26 August, Ottawa, Canada

Henshaw, V, Adams, M, (2009) “‘Selective Sensory Environments: Changing Experiences of Public Life through City Regeneration Practices’ by Monica Montserrat Degen – a book review.” The Senses and Society. 04(03): 355-358.

Payne S, Davies W, Adams M (2009). Research into the practical and policy applications of soundscape concepts and techniques in urban areas. Report for Defra (NANR200).  London: Defra.

Davies, WJ, Adams, MD, Bruce, NS, Marselle, M, Cain, R, Jennings, P, Poxon, J, Carlyle, A, Cusack, P, Hall, DA, Irwin, A, Hulme, KI and Plack, CJ (2009), The positive soundscape project: a synthesis of results from many disciplines. Internoise 2009, 23-26 August 2009, Ottawa, Canada

Moore G, Perdikogianni I, Penn A, Adams M (2009). Building sustainable communities: combining social and physical perspectives. In: Mumovic D, Santamouris M (eds). A Handbook of Sustainable Building Design and Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Energy, Health and Operational Performance. London: Earthscan.

Moore G, Croxford B, Adams M, Cox T, Sharples S, Refaee M (2009). Urban environmental quality. In: Cooper R, Boyko C, Evans G, Hanson J (eds). Designing Sustainable Cities. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Moore, G., Croxford, B., Adams, M., Cox, T., Refaee, M., & Sharples, S. (2008). The photo-survey research method: capturing life in the city. Visual Studies, 23(1): 50-61.

Adams, M., Moore, G., Cox, T., Croxford, B., Refaee, M., & Sharples, S. (2008). Environmental Quality, Housing and City Residents: a sensory urbanism approach. In P. J. Maginn & M. Tonts & S. Thompson (Eds.), Qualitative Housing analysis: An International Perspective. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Adams, M., & Guy, S. (2007). Editorial: Senses and the city. The Senses and Society, 2(2), 133-136.

Adams, M., Moore, G., Cox, T., Croxford, B., Refaee, M., & Sharples, S. (2007). The 24-hour city: residents' sensorial experiences. The Senses and Society, 2(2), 201-215.

Adams, M., Moorhouse, A., & Waddington, D. (2007). Social effects of Low Frequency Noise exposure on sufferers: developing a procedure of assessment. Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control, 26(4), 271 – 282.

Waddington, D. C., Moorhouse, A. T., & Adams, M. (2007). Field measurements in the development of methods for the assessment of low frequency noise. Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control, 26(3), 155-164.

Moorhouse, A. T., Waddington, D. C., & Adams, M. D. (2007). The effect of fluctuations on the perception of low frequency sound. Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control, 26(2), 81-89.

Adams, M., & Moore, G. (2007). Participatory action research and researcher safety. In S. Kindon & R. Pain & M. Kesby (Eds.), Participatory action research: approaches and methods connecting people, participation and place. London: Routledge.

Moorhouse, A., Hayes, M., von Hünerbein, S., Piper, B., & Adams, M. (2007). Research into aerodynamic modulation of wind turbine noise.  Report for Berr and Defra (NANR233). London: Berr.

Adams, M., Cox, T., Moore, G., Croxford, B., Refaee, M., Sharples, S. (2006) 'Sustainable Soundscapes: Noise Policy and the Urban Experience'.  Urban Studies 43(13): 2385–2398.

Pooley, C. G., Turnbull, J., & Adams, M. (2006). The impact of new transport technologies on intraurban mobility: a view from the past. Environment and Planning A, 38(2), 253–267.

Adams, M. (2006) "'Representing the Environment' by John R Gold and George Revill - a Book Review." The Geographical Journal 172(2):177-78.

Adams, M., Moorhouse, A.T., Waddington, D.C., (2006) "Social effects of low frequency noise exposure on sufferers: developing a procedure of assessment," Proceedings of the 12th International Meeting on Low Frequency Noise and Vibration and its Control, Bristol, September 17-20 2006.

Waddington, D.C., Moorhouse, A.T., Adams, M., (2006) "Field Measurements in the Development of Methods for the Assessment of LFN," Proceedings of the 12th International Meeting on Low Frequency Noise and Vibration and its Control, Bristol, September 17-20 2006. 

Moorhouse, A.T., Waddington, D.C., Adams, M., (2006) "The effect of fluctuations on the perception of low frequency sound," Proceedings of the 12th International Meeting on Low Frequency Noise and Vibration and its Control, Bristol, September 17-20 2006.

Refaee M, Sharples S, Moore G, Adams A, Croxford B and Cox T (2006) ‘Measured indoor environments compared to accepted standards: a case study in Clerkenwell, London’. Proceedings of the GBEN 2006 Conference, 208-216, 11-12 September 2006

Refaee M, Sharples S, Adams M, Cox T, Moore G and Croxford B (2006) ‘Physical and perceptional investigation of the urban environment in Clerkenwell, London’ Proceedings 19th International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS) Conferences, 141, Alexandria, Egypt, 11-16 September, 2006

Pooley, C., Turnbull, J. and Adams, M. (2005) A mobile century?: changes in everyday mobility in Britain in the twentieth century. Aldershot: Ashgate

Pooley C.G., Turnbull J., Adams M. (2005) The journey to school in Britain since the 1940s: continuity and change. Area 37(1), 43–53.

Pooley C.G., Turnbull J., Adams M. (2005) Changes in everyday mobility in England since the 1940s: A case study. Belgeo (The Belgian Journal of Geography) 1-2 (Special issue on human mobility in a globalising world), 69-83.

Pooley, C.G., Turnbull, J. and Adams, M. (2005). “”...everywhere she went I had to tag along beside her”: Family, life course and everyday mobility in England since the 1940s”. The History of the Family: An International Quarterly 10(2): 119-136.

Pooley, C., Turnbull, J. Adams, M. (2005) Kids in town: the changing action space and visibility of young people in urban areas.  In Schildt, A. and Siegfried, D. (eds) European cities, youth and the public sphere in the twentieth century. (Aldershot: Ashgate).

Moorhouse, A., Waddington, D., Adams, M. (2005) Procedure for the assessment of low frequency noise complaints.  Report for Defra, 24pp, February 2005

Moorhouse, A., Waddington, D., Adams, M. (2005) Field trials of proposed procedure for the assessment of low frequency noise complaints.  Report for Defra, 11pp, February 2005

Adams, M. (2002) ‘The precautionary principle and the rhetoric behind it’, The Journal of Risk Research 5(4): 301-316.