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Dr. Mags Adams

Senior Research Co-ordinator | Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA140

+44 (0) 1772 89 5123

madams5@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Geography and Environment, Sociology, Energy and Sustainability

Mags Adams is a human geographer with a background in science and technology studies and a research interest in food geographies, everyday mobilities and sensory geographies. She is the Senior Research Co-ordinator of the interdisciplinary research Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change at UCLan.

She chairs the Food Geographies Working Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), and the ‘Underlying Causes of Food Poverty’ subgroup of the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance. She is particularly concerned about justice and accessibility in terms of food poverty and the food system, transport provision and mobility, sensory conflict in the public realm, and environmental externalities.

Mags is keen to supervise PhD students and Masters by Research students interested in pursuing research in any of these areas. Please email her directly.

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Mags has over twenty years’ interdisciplinary research experience, working as a social scientist investigating the environmental and social implications of a range of contemporary concerns. She has worked with geographers on an ESRC project investigating everyday mobility and the life course, with designers, engineers, acousticians, planners and architects on an EPSRC project on designing environmental quality into city centre living, and with transport planners, economic geographers, policy analysts and sociologists on an RCUK project about unlocking low carbon travel. Additionally, she was co-investigator on a £1M EPSRC-funded interdisciplinary project on urban soundscapes, The Positive Soundscapes Project, collaborating with engineers, acousticians, psychologists and artists from five institutions. She has also collaborated with STEM colleagues to provide a social science perspective on a number of Defra-funded projects related to noise and sound experience.

Mags obtained a prestigious ESRC interdisciplinary research seminar series award ‘Rethinking the urban experience: the sensory production of place’ which convened researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines and practitioners working in urban planning, policy and health. She has also worked in New Zealand where she was the Sustainable Urban Settlements Team Leader and Senior Researcher at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research where she led an interdisciplinary team of investigating social, environmental and economic aspects of urban sustainability.

Her most recent research focuses on food geographies, sensory experience and sustainability. She has received funding from: Pendleton Together, to lead a team of academics (including geographers, science communicators, environmental managers and GIS specialists) to conduct research into the ‘Sustainable regeneration and everyday landscapes of food acquisition’; Manchester City Council, as Co-I to conduct research into ‘High Tech Sustainable Food Growing Options’; and AECOM to conduct research into ‘Evaluating Perception of Environment within Construction’.

She chairs the Food Geographies Working Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), and the ‘Underlying Causes of Food Poverty’ subgroup of the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance. She is particularly concerned about justice and accessibility in terms of food poverty and the food system, transport provision and mobility, sensory conflict in the public realm, and environmental externalities.

She is an active member of the Sustainable Food North West group, a collaboration between UCLan, Salford University, MMU and Edge Hill.

Projects

2017
Perceptions of Environment in Construction
PI, AECOM and UoS £14,500

2017
High Tech Sustainable Food Growing Options Study
Co-I, Manchester City Council and Heif £7,000

2015-2016 
Sustainable Regeneration and the Food Landscape in Pendleton
PI, Pendleton Together and HEIF £10,000

2014-2015 
Geographies of Food Poverty and Food Waste in Manchester
PI, Manchester Geographical Society Small Grant

Supervision of research degrees:

  • Eating waste: a critical evaluation of surplus food redistribution as solution to food waste and food insecurity (Charlie Spring, PhD 2018)
  • Towards an Understanding of the Barriers Which Prevent Routine Engagement With Urban Green Space (Simon Cryer, MSc by Research 2018)

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Research

Qualifications

  • PGCAP Post-graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Salford
  • PhD Centre for Science Studies, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University  
  • MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation, Department of Geography, Lancaster University
  • BA (Hons) Economics, Business School, University of North Wales, Bangor

External Activities

  • Chair of RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Group (2015-present)
  • Committee member of RGS-IBG Urban Geographies Research Group (2005-2008)
  • Expert Member of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Working Group on Perceptual assessment of soundscape quality ISO/TC 43/SC 1/WG 54 (2008-2009)
  • Member of the International Association of People-Environment Studies (to 2016)
  • Founding member of the EPSRC Noise Futures Network (2006-2009)

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Publications

Hardman, M., Adams, M., Barker, M., & Beesley, L. (forthcoming 2019). Food for all? Critically evaluating the role of the Incredible Edible movement in the UK. In: Certomà, C., Noori, S. & Sondermann, M (eds) Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 302-329.

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.

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.

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.

Conferences

Conference papers given:

Adams, M., McEachern, M. (2018) Landscapes of food justice and sustainability: alternative food enterprises. RGS-IBG Conference, September 2018, Cardiff, UK

Adams, M., Sherriff, G., Davies, N. (2018) Dockless Bike Sharing and Barriers to Cycling: Implications for Accessibility and Equity. RGS-IBG Conference, September 2018, Cardiff, UK

Adams, M., Wincott, A. (2018) Challenging the visual regimes of heritage: the intangible heritage of the sonic city. RGS-IBG Conference, September 2018, Cardiff, UK

Spring, C., Adams, M., Hardman, M. (2018) Lessons and warnings from North America: acknowledging diversity in redistribution praxis and understanding how this effects change. RGS-IBG Conference, September 2018, Cardiff, UK

Spring, C., Adams, M., Hardman, M. (2018) Multi-scalar economies of wasted food redistribution: assembling dissent or containing disparity? RGS-IBG Conference, September 2018, Cardiff, UK

Conference sessions organised and chaired:

Food and power: Decolonising food systems and food research (with Charlie Spring, Salford University) RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2017

Organising Food Access: Community Food, Governance and Place (with Dr Rebecca Sandover, Exeter University) RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2016

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