Dr Mags Adams

Lecturer in Geography

  • Peel Building Room 307
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  • E: m.adams@salford.ac.uk
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I am a Lecturer in 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 six years at the University of Salford as a Senior Research Fellow followed by a year as Urban Settlements Research Team Leader at Landcare Research in New Zealand.


I am module leader for People, Place and Space, Economic Geography, and Urban Form and Quality of Life in the Geography and Environmental Management Programme. As a human geographer with specialist skills in qualitative methods and interdisciplinary research I also take GEM students on the International Fieldtrip (currently to Scandinavia). 

Additionally I run fieldtrips and tutorials for students taking the above modules and teach qualitative research skills to students undertaking dissertations. I supervise human geography related undergraduate dissertation students.

I am currently enrolled on the PGCAP at the University of Salford.

Research Interests

My current research interests lie in the area of urban wellbeing and quality of life, connecting previous work on sensory environments (noise and soundscapes), urban environmental quality (24 hour cities, urban design and mobility), and use and experience of urban green spaces. 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 interested in understanding the social wellbeing derived from these practices as well as ascertaining the ecosystem services provided at this scale.

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 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.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Science Studies, Lancaster University 

MSc European Environmental Policy and Regulation, Geography, Lancaster University

BA (Hons) Economics, UCNW, Bangor

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society


  • Adams M (2013, forthcoming) Quality of Urban Spaces and Wellbeing. In: Cooper, R and Burton E, (eds). Wellbeing and the Environment. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Davies, W J & Adams, M & 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 (2012). Perception of soundscapes: An interdisciplinary approach. Applied Acoustics (avail online from 6 July 2012).
  • 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.
  • 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.