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BSc Econ, Sociology/Politics, PhD (Wales)


Following a late entry to higher education and a degree and a PhD in political sociology, my early interests as a sociologist have evolved into a more practice based focus on social policy. In particular, the rise of poverty in the 1990s focused my attention on patterns of social exclusion in South Wales and the response of community based regeneration strategies. Since that time i have been engaged directly with anti-poverty policy and practical delivery. This has included three periods of secondment to Welsh Government. The last of these was to the role of CEO of the Centre for Regeneration Excellence (CREW) funded by Welsh Government to develop multi-professional, integrated regeneration solutions. In this capacity I co-authored with Dr Mark Lang, the Deep Place approach to poverty eradication and community renewal .

I am currently Emeritus Professor at the University of South Wales and Research and Development Manager for Compass Housing Group in Newcastle, NSW, Australia


Professor Adamson awarded an OBE


Relevant publications:
Adamson. D. (1991). Class, ideology and the nation. A theory of Welsh nationalism. University of Wales Press. Cardiff.
Adamson. D. (1996) Living on the Edge. Poverty and Deprivation in Wales.Gomer Press, Llandysul. Adamson, D. (1998). The Spatial Organization of Difference and Exclusion in a Working Class Community. Full Employment. A European Appeal. Ken Coates. MEP. London, Spokesman. Journal for the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. 64: 141-152.
Adamson. D. (1999a) ‘The Intellectual and the National Movement in Wales’. In Nation, Identity and Social Theory. Perspectives from Wales. University of Wales Press. Cardiff.
Adamson, D. and Jones, S. (1999b). Poverty and Social Exclusion In Wales. A Report for Oxfam
Adamson, D. (1999c). ‘Poverty and Social Exclusion in Wales’. In D. Dunkerley and A. Thompson (eds). Wales Today. University of Wales Press, Cardiff
Adamson, D. (2000) ‘Social Segregation in A Working Class Community: Economic and Social Change in the South Wales Coalfield.’ in Trades Unions and Late Modernity: Class Action and the Differentiated Work Force.(eds) G.Van Guyes, H. De Witte, P. Pasture and J. Hooge. Ashgate. Aldershot
Adamson, D., Dearden., H and Castle, B. (2001) Community Regeneration. Best Practice Review. National Assembly For Wales
Adamson, D. et al, (2002) Community Regeneration in Wales. The Role of the Welsh Development Agency. A Report for the Welsh Development Agency. WDA, Pontypridd
Adamson, D. and Byrne, P. (2003a) Mapping the Social Economy in Wales. A Report for the Welsh Development Agency and The Social Economy Network. University of Glamorgan
Adamson, D. and Johnson, E. (2003b) ‘Communities First’. In Osmond, J. and Barry Jones, B. Birth of Welsh Democracy. The First Term of the NationalAssembly for Wales. Institute of Welsh Affairs: Cardiff.pp149-159
Adamson, D. (2003c) ‘Community Regeneration in Wales’. Journal of Community and Development Work. (4) pp 79-97
Adamson D. (2003d) ‘The University of Glamorgan, Social Exclusion and the South Wales Valleys’ in Dai Smith & Meic Stephens (eds.) A Community and its University, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp.127-148 ISBN 0-7083-1786-3.
Peter Jones, Daphne Comfort, David Adamson, and David Hillier (2004) ‘The social economy route to regeneration.’ Town and Country Planning. July/Aug 2004 pp232-234
Adamson, D. (2006) ‘Community Regeneration Policy, the State and Civil Society.’ In G.Day, D. Dunkerley and A. Thompson (eds) Civil Society in Wales.University of Wales Press Cardiff
D. Adamson, P. Byrne and R. Bromiley. (2007) Towards a ‘New Mixed Economy’ An exploration of the relationship between social enterprise and private sector Micro and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Wales. Welsh Assembly Government. New Ideas Research. Cardiff
R.Bromiley and D. Adamson (2007) . Evaluation of the Shelter Cymru Valleys Inclusion Programme. Shelter Cymru, Cardiff
D. Adamson, S. Jones and R. Bromiley (2006) Development of a Core Curriculum for Regeneration. A five day training course for community volunteers and workers. Blaenau Gwent County Council
D. Adamson, H. Fyfe and P.Byrne (2007). Hand in Hand: Arts based activities and regeneration. Arts Council Wales, Cardiff
Adamson. D. (2008a) ‘Still Living on the Edge: Poverty and Disadvantage in Wales’. Contemporary Wales. Vol 21. University of Wales Press 2008, Cardiff
D. Adamson and R. Bromiley (2008b) Community Empowerment in Practice: Lessons from Communities First. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York.
D. Adamson and P. Byrne et al (2008c). Arts and Public Engagement: Patterns, processes and levers for change. Arts Council Wales, Cardiff.
D. Adamson, D, Egan and S. McLelland. (2009) One Family in Wales Report.BBC Wales: Cardiff Adamson. D. (2010a) The impact of devolution: area-based regeneration policies in the UK. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. York
Adamson. D. (2010b) ‘Community Empowerment: Identifying The Barriers To ‘Purposeful’ Citizen Participation.’ International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. Vol 30, Issue 3 and 4. pp114-126
D. Adamson, S.M.B. Davies, A. Pilgrim and T. Thomas (2010c) ‘The teaching and Learning Research Programme in Wales: Social Inclusion’. In J.Furlong (ed) The TLRP in Wales. University of Oxford
Adamson. D. (2010d) Work. Chapter in H.Mackay (ed) Understanding Contemporary Wales. The Open University and University of Wales Press. Milton Keynes and Cardiff
D. Adamson and R. Bromiley (2013). ‘Community Empowerment. Learning from practice in community regeneration’. International Journal of Public Sector Management . 26,3. pp190-202.
D. Adamson and M. Lang. (2014). Toward a New Settlement: A deep place approach to equitable and sustainable places. Centre for Regeneration Excellence. Merthyr Tydfil. Selection of indicative research

Recent Conference Papers.
D. Adamson and M.Lang. (2015). ‘Rethinking Regionalism: Developing the Distributed Economy’. Regional Studies Association Conference 2015. Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australia. Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century. Melbourne 31st August to 2nd September 2015.
D.Adamson and D. Proctor.(2015). ’Aligning Social Investment with Clean Energy infrastructure: The Deep Place Approach. Smart Future Cities 2015. Energy, Transport, and the Built Environment Innovations for Future Cities. Newcastle, NSW. 1st -3rd October 2015



Past member Joseph Rowntree Foundation Neighbourhood Programme
Past member Joseph Rowntree Foundation Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Wales Advisory Group
Past member of 5 Ministerial Advisory groups
Adviser to Welsh Government Review of Regeneration


I have provided consultancy services to a wide range of public sector, government, third sector and community organisations.


Current research interests include:
Housing-led regeneration
Poverty and social inclusion policy
Local economic development

Areas of Expertise

Poverty and social exclusion
Community Regeneration
Housing-led Regeneration
Local economic development



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