About Adam Lowe
Adam Lowe, MSc. is a part-time lecturer and PhD candidate at Leeds Beckett with research interests including masculinities, Critical Positive Masculinity, social constructionism, critical social psychology and qualitative research methods. Adam also acts as an academic consultant for a charity.
In addition to acting as Personal Tutor, Adam has been a seminar tutor for Person and the Social World (School of Social Sciences) and was invited to deliver a guest lecture titled ‘Masculinised Nutrition’ to students attending Psychosocial Approaches to Health (School of Clinical and Applied Sciences).
Adam’s areas of expertise include various issues pertaining to masculinities, social constructionism and critical social psychology. Adam also uses and has a strong interest in qualitative research methods, not only including their procedures, but also their philosophical underpinnings.
Adam is driven by a desire to make a meaningful difference with his work and volunteers with a number of charities, recently beginning work providing academic consultancy support to Sport Allies, a charity who work to promote more inclusive attitudes in sport, particularly towards the LGBT community. Sport Allies commissioned Adam with the assistance of Professor Brendan Gough, to produce a report on the existing research and literature on homophobia and sport. The report titled ‘Homophobia, Gender and Sporting Culture’ will be published in October 2016. Adam will be acting as liaison between Sport Allies and Leeds Beckett University on a number of other planned projects in the near future.
Adam is currently conducting a study titled ‘Heterosexual Men Who Challenge the Hegemony of Traditional Masculinity: A Qualitative Study of Critical Positive Masculinities’. The study concerns men who exhibit what Adam theorises to be Critical Positive Masculinity, a burgeoning area of study focussing on men who buck many traditional normative conventions of masculinity in favour of behaviours and ideals that are more conducive to the wellbeing of not just themselves, but also to those around them.
Through this research Adam intends to challenge prevailing representations of men and masculinity which can be understood to reify and essentialise many of the problems associated with men, which arguably obscure and limit opportunities to learn from positive cases.
Having previously working in media and theatre, Adam’s artistic background now serves him well as a qualitative researcher. Adam is supervised by Professor Brendan Gough and Dr Bridgette Rickett, both experts in qualitative research methods with respective research interests including Gender, Masculinity and Mental Wellbeing.