Dr Adam Elliott-Cooper BA, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow in Sociology

Adam Elliott-Cooper received his PhD from the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, in 2016. He has previously worked as a researcher in the Department of Philosophy at UCL, as a teaching fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick and as a research associate in the Department of Geography at King's College London.

He sits on the board of The Monitoring Group, an anti-racist organisation challenging state racisms and racial violence.

Responsibilities within the university

Research and publishing: In the Shadow of a Movement: Black Resistance to Policing in 21st Century Britain (under contract with Manchester University Press)


Adam sits on the editorial board of The Sociological Review and City.

Research / Scholarly interests

Adam's scholarly interests include postcolonialism, urban theory and social movements. His current research focuses on anti-racism and British policing, both on the British mainland and in Britain's colonies.

Adam is currently running a short course on Racism, Anti-Racism and Policing in Britain and is a member of the Centre for Applied Sociology Research.

Media activity

Recent podcasts

Defunding the Police, Distraction Pieces Podcast

Profiling, Safety and Trust, Moral Maze BBC Radio 4

Stop and search is discriminatory, so why is it on the rise?, Guardian Podcast

Has Britain got a problem with guns? Sky News Daily Podcast

Policing, Politics and Drill Music, Surviving Society Podcast

The Police and State Power, Novara Media

Decolonisation and anti-racist solidarity within and beyond the University, Sociological Review Podcast

Understanding the Crisis Part 2: Whose Life Matters? The World Transformed


Sky News Debate: Police Stop and Search - Does it reduce gun and knife crime?
Sky News, May 19, 2017

Adam Elliott-Cooper and Luke Gittos discuss policing, serious youth violence and austerity in London

Sky News Debate: The British Commonwealth
Sky News, April 24, 2018

Dr Adam Elliott Cooper and Leon Ward - Co-chair of Commonwealth Youth Forum debate the relevance of the British Commonwealth today.

Remembering Darcus Howe
Black Cultural Archives, April 20, 2017

Adam Elliott-Cooper über Überwachung, Rassismus & Black Lives Matter

Channel 4 News: Black Lives Matter UK
Channel 4 News, October 27, 2016
A discussion on Channel 4 News in August 2016 about Black Lives Matter UK, and a solidarity action they organised challenging the treatment of migrants.

Adam Elliott-Cooper on Trevor Phillips
BBC News, March 16, 2016

Toby Young and Adam Elliott-Cooper Debate Rhodes Must Fall Oxford
Channel 4 News, February 2, 2016

Recent publications

Elliott, Cooper, A, Hubbard, P & Lees, L (2019). Moving beyond Marcuse: gentrification, displacement and the violence of un-homing. Progress In Human Geography

Elliott-Cooper, A (2019). 'Our Life is a Struggle': Gender, Respectability and Black Resistance. Antipode 51(2):

Elliott-Cooper, A (2017). The struggle that cannot be named: violence, space and the re-articulation of anti-racism in post-Duggan Britain. Ethnic and Racial Studies 41(14): 2445–2463

Elliott-Cooper, A (2017). Free, Decolonised Education: A Lesson from the South African Student Struggle. AREA 49(3): 332–334