Educated at London and Oxford universities, Adam worked on development issues in many countries before becoming a DFID Social Development Adviser based in southeast Asia. Since then, he has been engaged as a consultant on many aspects of policy and projects. His main recent focus is on internal conflicts and marginalised people, at the intersection of social development, politics and governance. Adam has accumulated 15 years' experience with NGOs, donors and UN agencies. In 2005 to 2006, he worked in Aceh, Indonesia, advising an international peace-monitoring mission. He has also worked on peace-building in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Thailand. He has published various refereed and professional papers on social development, donor practice and conflict, with an emphasis on improving aid practice and understanding political context, as well as specific social issues including child rights and migration.