Duncan Adam


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I joined Staffs in December 2019. I am interested in many issues relating to industrial relations including employee voice, forms of work organization, local labour markets and transitions into work.


Professional memberships and activities

British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)

Academic qualifications

BA Social and Political Sciences


Industrial relations and employee voice

Trade unions

Human Resource Management

Quantitative and qualitative analysis

Research interests

Trade unions, employee voice, forms of work organisation.


Research Methodology (postgraduate)

HRM in Global Context (postgraduate)

Developing Collaborative Relationships (undergraduate)

Human Capital Management (undergraduate)

Using Information in Human Resources (CIPD level 5)

Recording analysing and using HR information (CIPD level 3)


Meardi, G., Simms, M., and Adam, D. (forthcoming.) ‘Representative claims: trade unions and the precariat in Europe.’ European Journal of Industrial Relations.

Bartram, T., Adam, D., Edwards, T., Jalette, P., Burgess, J. & Stanton, P. (2019). A Comparison of Contemporary Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Practices of Japanese and US Multinational Corporation Subsidiaries: Evidence from Four Countries. Relations industrielles / Industrial Relations, 74 (4), 742–779. https://doi.org/10.7202/1066833ar

Adam, D. Atfield, G. and Green, A. (2017). 'What works? Policies for employability in cities'. Urban Studies. 54(5): 1162-1177.

Adam, D. and Green, A. (2016). 'Soft spaces and soft outcomes: Experiences from City Strategy on local partnership working and measures of success'. Environment and Planning A 48 (8), 1514-1531

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020