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David Adams

David Adams

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development)
Tasmanian School of Business & Economics

Room A250, Building A, Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 3583 (phone)

David.Adams@utas.edu.au

David Adams is Professor of Management in Innovation and Professor in the Australian Innovation Research Centre. David specialises in public and social policy with a focus on communities and regional development. David has extensive experience in senior executive roles in the public, private and community sectors in Australia. David has held a number of civic roles including as Chair of the Tasmanian Food Security Council and as the inaugural Social Inclusion Commissioner for Tasmania.

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania David had an extensive career as a senior executive in the public, private and community sectors in Australia. In Tasmania David was Deputy Secretary in the Department of health and Community Services and in Victoria Deputy Secretary in the Premiers Department. In Victoria David was instrumental in establishing the Department for Victorian Communities, the first Australian Department of State focussed on place and the development of social capital. David was a founding member of PASCAL the OECD linked Observatory on social capital, place management and learning regions. In Tasmanian as Social Inclusion Commissioner David developed both the first State Cost of Living Strategy in Australia and the first State Food Security Policy.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDIdeas in Public PolicyUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia1996
GradDipPubPol University of MelbourneAustralia1986
MA University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom1981
BSW University of TasmaniaAustralia1979
BA (Hons) University of TasmaniaAustralia1974
BA University of TasmaniaAustralia1973

Languages (other than English)

Basic French

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Institute of Public Administration

Committee associations

  • Public Policy Network
  • Australian Political Science Association

Teaching

Public policy and public administration, Innovation – market, government and community, Social policy and social inclusion, International business, Regional development and regional innovation systems, Community development, Ideas in public policy, Community leadership and social innovation, Governance and Partnerships

Teaching expertise

Under graduate and post graduate ( Masters/DBA/PhD) teaching; unit design, unit co-ordination, course design;  undergraduate and postgraduate course co-ordination; MBA Director

Teaching responsibility

Governance and Partnerships (BAA516)

Philosophy of Management (BMA320)

Research Appointments

Visiting Fellow at the Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University

Research Invitations

Recent keynotes and plenary events include:

  • 2015 Australian Council of Social Services Conference on Emergency Relief ( WA)  
  • 2015 Local Government Association of Tasmania Research Conference
  • 2014 Tasmanian Planning Institute Conference
  • 2014 Tasmanian Food Security Conference

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Research Themes

David's research crosses the theme areas of Better Health, Creativity Culture and Society and; Data Knowledge and Decisions. His research interests include

  • regional development and  spatial innovation systems
  • Social innovation
  • The role of local knowledge in policy and decision making
  • Social inclusion and cost of living
  • Food security
  • Community sustainability
  • Public policy ideas especially postmodern forms of policy and administration
  • Place management

Fields of Research

  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Public Administration (160509)
  • Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
  • Entrepreneurship (150304)
  • Sport and Leisure Management (150404)
  • Business and Management (150399)
  • Economics (149999)
  • Population Trends and Policies (160305)
  • Welfare Economics (140219)
  • Business Information Management (incl. Records, Knowledge and Information Management, and Intelligence) (150301)
  • Economic Development and Growth (140202)
  • Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services (159999)
  • Research, Science and Technology Policy (160511)
  • Urban and Regional Economics (140218)
  • Social and Cultural Geography (160403)

Research Objectives

  • Organised Sports (950102)
  • Human Capital Issues (910202)
  • Productivity (excl. Public Sector) (910404)
  • Management (910402)
  • Management and Productivity (910499)
  • Technological and Organisational Innovation (910406)
  • Community Service (excl. Work) (940199)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Economics (970114)
  • Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis (940204)
  • Industry Policy (910205)
  • Marketing (910403)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Public Sector Productivity (910405)
  • Economic Framework (919999)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health (920301)
  • Education and Training (939999)

Publications

Total publications

31

Journal Article

(9 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Adams D, Colebatch HK, Walker CK, 'Learning about Learning: Discovering the Work of Policy', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74, (2) pp. 101-111. ISSN 0313-6647 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12119 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

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2010Adams DW, Hess M, 'Operationalising place-based innovation in public administration', Journal of Place Management and Development, 3, (1) pp. 8-21. ISSN 1753-8335 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/17538331011030248 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Hess M

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2007Hess M, Adams DW, 'Innovation in public management: The role and function of community knowledge', The Innovation Journal, 12, (1) pp. 1-20. ISSN 1715-3816 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Hess M

2006Adams DW, Hess M, 'Innovation and the Interface between Local Community and Global Economy', Public Administration Today, 1, (1) pp. 64-74. ISSN 1832-0066 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Hess M

2004Adams DW, 'Usable knowledge in public policy', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 63, (1) pp. 29-42. ISSN 0313-6647 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2004.00357.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 36

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2003Adams DW, Wiseman John, 'Navigating the future: a case study of Growing Victoria Together', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 62, (2) pp. 11-23. ISSN 0313-6647 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8497.00321 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 17

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2002Adams DW, 'Sir George Murray essay competition winner 2001: poverty - a precarious public policy idea', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 61, (4) pp. 89-98. ISSN 0313-6647 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.00305 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 3

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2002Hess M, Adams DW, 'Knowing and Skilling in Contemporary Public Administration', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 61, (4) pp. 68-79. ISSN 0313-6647 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.00303 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 27

Co-authors: Hess M

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2001Adams DW, Hess M, 'Community in Public Policy: Fad or Foundation?', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 60, (2) pp. 13-23. ISSN 0313-6647 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.00205 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 66

Co-authors: Hess M

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Chapter in Book

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Adams DW, 'The public policy of social capital in Australia', Social Capital and Social Justice: Critical Australian Perspectives, Charles Darwin University Press, Woolcock, G. & Manderson, L. (ed), Darwin, pp. 95-110. ISBN 9781921576089 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Adams DW, 'Building virtual communities: 'Youthcentral' in Victoria, Australia', Building Stronger Communities: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice, Niace, L Doyle, D Adams, J Tibbit and P Welsh (ed), Leicester, pp. 199-219. ISBN 978 1 86201 345 2 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Adams DW, 'Converging ideas for building stronger communities', Building Stronger Communities: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice, Niace, Doyle, L. Adams, D. Tibbit, J. and Welsh, P. (ed), Leicester, pp. 287-295. ISBN 978 1 86201 345 2 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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2007Blacher Y, Adams DW, 'Working together for stronger Victorian communities', The Collaborative State, Demos, Parker & Gallagher (ed), London, pp. 71-86. ISBN 978-1-84180-179-7 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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2007Hess M, Adams DW, 'Governance and community strengthening: A case study from Victoria, Australia', Social Capital, Lifelong Learning and the Management of Place, Routledge, Osborne, Sankey & Wilson (ed), New York, pp. 41-50. ISBN 0-415-42795-9 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Hess M

2007Hess M, Adams DW, 'Governance and community strengthening: a case study from Victoria, Australia', Social capital, lifelong learning and the management of place: an international perspective, Routledge, M Osborne, K Sankey, & B Wilson (ed), Abington, pp. 41-50. ISBN 0-415-42795-9 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Hess M

2006Adams DW, Hess M, 'New Research Instruments for Government: Measuring Community Engagement', Making Knowledge Work: Sustaining Learning Communities and Regions, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, C. Duke, L. Doyle & B. Wilson (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 67-83. ISBN 1-86201-246-6 (2006) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Hess M

2005Hess M, Adams DW, 'Localisation in Contemporary Public Management', Community and Local Governance in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Paul Smyth, Tim Reddel and Andrew Jones (ed), Sydney, pp. 226-244. ISBN 0-86840-775-5 (2005) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Hess M

Conference Publication

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Adams DW, Hess M, 'Social innovation as a new public administration strategy', Proceedings of the 12th annual conference of the International Research Society for Public Management, 26-28 March 2008, Brisbane, pp. 1-8. (2008) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Hess M

2008Muller P, Adams DW, Arthur D, 'Social Capital, Sport and the Substitution of Source', Sport and Social Capital in the European Union, November, Milan (2008) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Muller P

2008Muller P, Adams DW, Arthur D, 'An Eclectic Theory of Sport', Sport and Social Capital in the European Union, November, Milan (2008) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Muller P

2008Muller P, Adams DW, Arthur D, 'Sport: What is it Good For?', Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) 14th Annual Conference, November, Fremantle, WA (2008) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Muller P

2008Muller P, Adams DW, Arthur D, 'Social Capital, Sport and the Substitution of Source', Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) 14th Annual Conference, November, Fremantle, WA (2008) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Muller P

2007Hess M, Adams DW, 'Training the next generation of local government managers', Proceedings of the 21st ANZAM Conference, 4-7 December 2007, Sydney, pp. 1-13. ISBN 1 86308 141 0 (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Hess M

2002Adams DW, Hess M, 'Knowing and skilling in contemporary public administration', Knowledge, Networks and Joined-Up Government, 3-5 June 2002, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 25-38. ISBN 0-7325-1619-6 (2002) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Hess M

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
1996Adams DW, 'Ideas in Public Policy' (1996) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Adams D, Auckland S, Galvin L, Hiscock K, Mangan G, et al., 'Submission to the Healthy Tasmania', Heart Foundation, Tasmania (2016) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Auckland S

2015Adams DW, 'Burnie seeks federal help', The Mercury, Fairfax Media, Tasmania, 15 April (2015) [Media Interview]

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2014Adams D, 'A Population and Migration Strategy for Hobart and Launceston', Launceston City Council, Tasmania (2014) [Report Other]

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2014Adams DW, 'Government Needs to Step Up', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Launceston, 30 Sept (2014) [Newspaper Article]

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2012West J, Arundel A, Adams DW, Bowen Butchart D, O'Brien KR, et al., 'Diversifying Tasmania's Economy: Analysis and Options', Diversifying Tasmania's : Economy Analysis Options, Federal Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development & Local Government, Canberra, pp. i-xxvi; 1-819. (2012) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: West J; Arundel A; Bowen Butchart D; O'Brien KR; Gatenby-Clark SJ; Polkan E; Smart Richard; Taylor LJ; Torugsa N

2010Muller P, Wadsley AGW, Adams DW, Arthur D, Felmingham BS, 'The Value of Sport and Physical Recreation to Tasmania', Sport and Recreation Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-17. (2010) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Muller P; Wadsley AGW; Felmingham BS

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$1,451,285

Projects

Developing a Framework for a Place-Based Approach to Economic Diversification in Tasmania (2011 - 2012)$867,285
Funding
Department of Regional Australia, local government, arts and sports ($867,285)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
West J; Arundel A; O'Brien KR; Torugsa N; McCall TJ; Adams DW
Period
2011 - 2012
Tasmanian Innovation Strategy (2009)$524,000
Funding
Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts ($524,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
West J; Adams DW; Marsh MI
Year
2009
Valuing Sport and Physical Recreation: The Relationship Between Economic and Social Outcomes (2008 - 2010)$60,000
Funding
Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts ($60,000)
Scheme
Scholarship
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Adams DW
Period
2008 - 2010

Research Supervision

David has successfully supervised many postgraduate candidates in the fields of: regional development; social inclusion; public policy and administration. He welcomes expressions of interest from HDR candidates in any of these areas.

David is currently supervising in the areas of: social enterprise and social innovation; local government reform; managing policy reform in post conflict societies; regional innovation systems and social capital; triple helix reform in universities; sensor society and big data for public policy; and resilience and recovery in declining community organisations.

Current

13

Completed

7

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDStrength of Place as determinant for Place Management Practice in Regional Development2014
PhDEducation and Local (Regional) Economic Development2015
PhDTransversal Leadership Training in Health Information Management in Australia2015
PhDA Public Policy Analysis of the Quadruple Universities Model: Sense-T a Case Study from Australia2015
PhD(1) Role of KIBS in Regional Development (2) Dynamic Between Innovation and KIBS in Context of1 (3) How the Dynamics of 1 and 2 are Influenced by Density/Agglomeration Factors2015
MastersThe Rise of Economic Liberalism in Australia: The Case of Automotive Manufacturing2016
PhDChild Protection Practice: The unintended casualty of reform?2016
PhDUnderstanding Education Sociology, Including Social Networks and Social Capital, of Regional and Low SES Communities2016
PhDExploring the Notion of Corporate Governance in Local Government in Tasmania with Focus on Risk Management, Oversight, Leadership and Change Management2017
PhDinnovation modes and capability transition in a low technology environment2017
PhDSystems Architecture: Foundations for Delivering Policy Values and Value2017
PhDDiffusion of New Technologies in Service Industries2017
PhDFood Insecurity Amongst University Students: Causes, consequences and solutions2017

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDLocal Government and Social Enterprises in Tasmania: Exploring relationships that build community value
Candidate: Mary Frances Duniam
2017
PhDUnderstanding the Dynamics of Health Policy Change
Candidate: Fiona Siobhan Harpur
2017
PhDSocial Enterprise-Business Partnerships: Exploring the Influence of Institutional Logics upon Social Enterprise Partnership Experiences and Decision-making
Candidate: Sophie Philippa Clark
2015
PhDPublic Sector Grants: An Analysis of Complexity in Modern Public Administration
Candidate: Peter James Georgelas
2015
PhDPro-Poor Tourism and Rural Poverty Alleviation in Malaysia
Candidate: Norhazliza Abd Halim
2014
PhDInformal Leisure as a Source of Social Capital Formation: A Festival Case Study
Candidate: Clayton Jon Hawkins
2014
PhDBottom-Up Driven Community Empowerment: The Case of African Communities in Australia
Candidate: Kiros Gebre-Yohannes Hiruy
2014