Adam has worked in environment, innovation and development for over a decade in the private sector and academia. In 2001, he completed a B.Sc (honours) in Ecology (First Class, 1:1) at the University of East Anglia, UK, and in 2004 obtained a Master of Arts in Environment, Politics and Globalization (Pass with Distinction) at the University of London, King's College. In 2009 Adam was awarded a degree as Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil) in Geography and the Environment: Carbon Markets and International Development from the University of Oxford. His thesis focused on the governance of carbon offsets and the use of carbon finance for community development and poverty alleviation in Latin America.
Adam worked on media and climate issues in London from 2002 to 2005. In addition to organising events and representing the actions of business, government and non-governmental organisations at United Nations conferences, he assisted other organisations' strategic engagement with climate change. He has consulted widely for governments, UN agencies and the private sector. From 2009 to 2011 he was a Research Fellow at ISIS, a Research Centre on Sustainability at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada where he held a Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Currently Adam is a Senior Lecturer in Environment, Innovation Development at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He maintains an Associate Fellow's position at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia and is an Affiliate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI). He is a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award recipient for his project 'Scaling up low carbon innovations into the mainstream'. In addition to academic research, he is an advisor to Apidae Development Innovations, and has assisted them with work for international UN clients, the Australian Government, and climate change agencies in the Pacific.