Professor Adam Tickell is the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex. Until August 2016 he was Provost and Vice-Principal at the University of Birmingham, having originally joined the institution as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer in January 2011. From 1999-2011 he served as Vice-Principal (Research, Enterprise & Communications) at Royal Holloway (University of London) and before that, as Dean of the Faculty of History & Social Sciences at the same institution.
Adam Tickell was the Research Director in the Faculty of Social Sciences & Law at the University of Bristol before Royal Holloway. Whilst there, he served as Vice-Chair of the Research Grants Board of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and was the Editor of Transactions, Institute of British Geographers, one of the top three journals in Geography globally and among the best-cited social science journals.
He is an economic geographer, and his work in developing new political economic geography is amongst the most influential of his generation. His work has explored finance, English local governance and the politics of ideas.