Barbara Adam

Barbara E. Adam, FAcSS (born 3 May 1945) is a retired British sociologist and academic. She specialises in social theory particularity in reference to time. From 1988 to her retirement in 2011, she lectured at Cardiff University; she was appointed Professor of Sociology in 1999.[1][2] She was the founding editor of the academic journal Time & Society.[2]

Barbara Adam
Born (1945-05-03) 3 May 1945 (age 75)
OccupationLecturer, Cardiff University
Professor of Sociology, Cardiff University
Founding editor, Time & Society
AwardsPhilip Abrams Memorial Prize, British Sociological Association 1991
J T Fraser Prize, International Society 1995
HonoursAcademician of the Academy of Social Sciences (2009)


In 1991, she was awarded the Philip Abrams Memorial Prize by the British Sociological Association for her monograph Time and Social Theory.[3] In 1995, she was awarded the J T Fraser Prize by the International Society for the Study of Time for her monograph Timewatch: The Social Analysis of Time.[1] In 2009, she was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS);[1] in 2014, Academicians were retitled Fellows (FAcSS) to bring the Academy of Social Sciences inline with other British learned societies.[4]

Selected worksEdit

  • Adam, Barbara (1990). Time and social theory. Oxford: Polity. ISBN 978-0745607405.
  • Adam, Barbara (1995). Timewatch: The Social Analysis of Time. Cambridge: Polity Press. ISBN 978-0745610207.
  • Adam, Barbara (1998). Timescapes of Modernity: The Environment and Invisible Hazards. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415162746.
  • Allan, Stuart; Adam, Barbara; Carter, Cynthia, eds. (1999). Environmental Risks and the Media. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415214469.
  • Adam, Barbara (2004). Time. Cambridge: Polity. ISBN 978-0745627779.
  • Adam, Barbara; Groves, Chris (2007). Future Matters: Action, Knowledge, Ethics. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 978-9004161771.


  1. ^ a b c "Professor Barbara Adam". Cardiff University. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Professor Barbara Adam". Institute of Advanced Study. Durham University. 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  3. ^ "BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize". The British Sociological Association. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Fellows". Academy of Social Sciences. Retrieved 28 January 2017.