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Dr. Edmund Adam


Edmund Adam received his PhD and MEd from the University of Toronto, where he earned his specialization in Higher Education, Comparative, International and Development Education. Dr. Adam compares higher education institutions and higher education systems. His research lies at the intersection of higher education studies, organizational sociology, political economy, and international relations. This multidisciplinary approach to inquiry reflects his conviction that understanding the profound changes affecting social life in the global age increasingly requires an examination of the growing forms of complexity. These can no longer be approached from a single academic discipline or area of knowledge. The big challenges facing the world today (e.g., climate change, pandemics, eroding trust in governments, terrorism, poverty, forced migration, urbanization, corruption, and sustainable development) are all multidimensional and transnational in nature. They thus require research that both cuts across and reaches beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries.

Through his research, Dr. Adam endeavors to help higher education leaders, policymakers, and the public to make informed decisions that take account of implications, address repercussions, and serve the common good.

Within the Pulse Lab, Dr. Adam worked alongside Dr. Selina Mudavanhu as a co-investigator in a research project that studies the experiences of Black college-to-university transfer students at McMaster University.