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Dr Jon Adams named a New Generation Thinker for 2011

Jon AdamsLSE's Dr Jon Adams has been announced as one of ten winners of the New Generation Thinkers Scheme by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and BBC Radio 3.

The New Generation Thinkers Scheme is a culmination of a nationwide search for the brightest academic minds with the potential to turn their ideas into fascinating broadcasts. Over 1,000 academics applied, and after a six month selection process, ten have been announced as New Generation Thinkers. The winners will now work closely with dedicated mentors from the production team of Radio 3's arts and ideas programme Night Waves (Mondays to Thursdays, 10-10.45pm) and will appear on the programme to talk about an idea inspired by their research.

Dr Adams is currently based in LSE's External Relations Division and was previously in LSE's Department of Economic History. His specialist subject is Rat Cities and the Bee-hive Worlds: space and numbers in the modern city, an examination of how arguments about the effects of crowding on human behaviour have influenced city planners and architects during the 20th century.

Dr Jon Adams said: I'm obviously very happy and feel very lucky to be one of the winners of this scheme. We will be recording some radio pieces soon (I am going into the studio on Friday), so I am looking forward to being able to talk about my work to a much larger audience than one normally gets for an academic paper. The academic work is co-authored with my former LSE (now Exeter) colleague Edmund Ramsden, so I hope I'll be able to involve him too.'

Matthew Dodd, head of speech programming, Radio 3, said: 'The aim of this scheme is to find the next generation of academics who can broadcast their ideas to the general public. The response from scholars has been overwhelming – and the quality of their proposals a revelation. New Generation Thinkers will introduce Radio 3's audience to charismatic new voices and fascinating areas of contemporary research.'

Other winners are: Alexandra Harris, University of Liverpool; Corin Throsby, University of Cambridge; David Petts, Durham University; Laurence Scott, Kings College London; Lucy Powell, University College London; Philip Roscoe, University of St. Andrews; Rachel Hewitt, Queen Mary, University of London; Shahidha Bari, Queen Mary, University of London; and Zoe Norridge, University of York. 

The New Generation Thinkers of 2011 can be heard on Night Waves from tonight (Tuesday 28 June), and for nine subsequent editions of the programme, talking about an idea inspired by their research. 

More at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0124s2q

8 June 2011