Adam joined the Department in October 2021. His PhD examines the political implications of our socially constructed notions of ‘elites’. Before starting the PhD, Adam was programme manager at the Research on Research Institute (RORI) and Wellcome Trust.
Adam’s thesis project involves a programme of semi-structured interviews with residents of the so-called ‘Red Wall’ of historically-Labour supporting towns in the North of England.
Participants are asked who they consider to be ‘the elite’ in the society in which they live, and to reflect on how they came to hold those views.
The project hopes to shed light on how people construct their subjective notions of ‘elites’ and the implications for their broader worldviews, with a focus on the role of place, political identity and material life conditions.
Adam works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the department’s Introduction to Sociological Theory module.