John Adams (geographer)

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Emeritus Professor John Adams (born 1938) of University College London, is a professor of geography and leading theorist on risk compensation. His book Risk is an analysis of how humans assess and respond to perceived risks.

Areas of interest[edit]

Risk compensation[edit]

Adams spoke at the Shared Space conference held in Ipswich in June, 2005, where in his talk titled "Risk Compensation versus the obedient automaton theory of human behaviour" he discussed how understanding risk compensation was essential to the understanding of why shared space principles work for the design of public spaces such as road layouts in towns.[1]


He has also coined the term and written extensively on the phenomenon of hypermobility.

Climate change[edit]

Adams has been critical of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and has praised "reputable scientists who react sceptically to the “hockey stick” peddled by Sir John Houghton and the IPCC." [2]


Adams was a member of the advisory committee to the Anti-Concorde Project.



  1. ^ "Conference Tuesday, June 7" (PDF). Shared Space. 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2006-04-26. 
  2. ^ johnadams (2010-05-14). "Letter not published in New Scientist". John Adams. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 

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