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Ruth Adams

Dr Ruth Adams

Dr Ruth AdamsSenior Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1065 
Culture, Media and Creative Industries
King’s College London 
1.06 Chesham Building
Strand Campus
WC2R 2LS  


Ruth has been a lecturer in Cultural & Creative Industries at King’s since 2003. Prior to taking up her post at CMCI, she taught Contextual Studies at the University of the Arts, London.  Ruth undertook her postgraduate studies at The London Consortium; completing an MRes in Cultural Studies & Humanities and a doctoral thesis, 'Gentlemen and Players: The Victoria and Albert Museum - An Institutional Case Study of the Culture and Society Tradition'.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • National identities and the discourse of ‘heritage’
  • New media usage by cultural institutions
  • Youth subcultures
  • Cultures of the left
  • Cultural institutions and society
  • Cultural consumption and social class
  • Postcolonial identities and culture

Ruth is currently supervising two PhDs.

Nicole Ferdinand: Festivals as International Businesses: The Internationalisation of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Zafeirenia Brokalaki: All the World's a Stage: Experiential Branding for Places. Empowerment of communities, Development of Audiences. Britain and Greece under the microscope.

Ruth welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of her research interests.

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • ‘The V&A, The Destruction of the Country House, and the Creation of ‘English Heritage’’ in museum & society, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2013

  • ‘The V&A: Empire to Multiculturalism?’ in museum & society, Vol. 8, No. 2, July 2010

  • “The New Girl in the Old Boy Network’: Elizabeth Esteve-Coll at the V&A’, in Levin A. (ed.) Gender, Sexuality and Museums: A Routledge Reader, (Routledge, London, July 2010)

  • 'The Englishness of English Punk: Sex Pistols, Subcultures and Nostalgia' in Popular Music and Society, Vol. 31, No. 4, October 2008

For a complete list of publications, please see Ruth's full research profile.


Ruth is Programme Director of MA Cultural & Creative Industries and Chair of the Departmental Teaching Committee.

She contributes to the MA CCI core modules, and provides dissertation supervision. She also teaches two optional modules, 'Culture and Commerce' and 'Youth Subcultures', and is developing a new module on the politics and policy of International Heritage.
In addition, Ruth acts as the academic liaison between CMCI and Tate, and convenes the two modules that King's runs in partnership with Tate Modern.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Ruth has made various appearances in broadcast and print media, including BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed (April 2013), Sky News & Channel 5 News, Korean television (KBS), BBC Radio Wales and Metro newspaper.

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