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Adam de Paor-Evans


School of Art, Design and Fashion

Victoria Building, VB138

Adam de Paor-Evans is an ethnomusicologist and cultural theorist, and oversees and coordinates the school’s research portfolio. His research is located within the emerging arena of hip hop studies, globally, nationally and regionally, and he is interested in how the hidden histories and practices of hip hop impact the everyday. His ongoing work explores how hip hop can help develop and sustain spatial, material and cultural production both within and outside of its field. He runs the long-term research project: HIP HOP OBSCURA.

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Adam Evans has been teaching in higher education since 2001, where he began by running design studio and supervising dissertations. Since that point he has undertaken an array of teaching and scholarly activities at several UK institutions including leading undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, supervising thesis projects, convening conferences and curating performances.

Adam has published several articles on The Conversation, to read them please follow the links below.

Adam has taken part in a video with 3 other academics at UCLan who talk about their experience writing for The Conversation. They tell us about the process, the results, the impact and the benefits of writing and how it has raised their research profile.

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UCLan, 2016
  • Professional Practice Certificate (RIBA Part III), South Bank University, 1999
  • MA Theory + Practice, Kingston University, 1998
  • Graduate Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part II), Kingston University, 1997
  • BA (Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part I), University of Greenwich, 1994

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Adam is Research Lead for the School of Art, Design and Fashion, and REF Unit of Assessment Lead for UoA32 Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory. He also supports cultural context across design, fashion and music. 

He is a member of MusicResearch@UCLan and UCLan Research Centre for Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX).

External Engagement
  • Global Hip Hop Studies (Journal), IN-the-CIPHER, Editor
  • Member of The European Hip Hop Studies Network 
  • Member of BFE (British Forum for Ethnomusicology) 
  • Member of SEM (Society for Ethnomusicology)
  • External Examiner for FdA Interior Design, FdA Printed and Constructed Textiles, Newcastle College, NCG


de Paor-Evans, Adam (2020) ‘PROVINCIAL HEADZ: British Hip Hop and Critical Regionalism’. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

de Paor-Evans, Adam. (2018) 'The Futurism of Hip Hop: Space, Electro and Science Fiction in Rap', Open Cultural Studies, 2.1: 122-135; doi:10.1515/culture-2018-0012

de Paor-Evans, Adam (2018) 'The Intertextuality and Translations of Fine Art and Class in Hip-Hop Culture', Arts 2018, 7(4), 80;

de Paor-Evans, Adam (2018) ‘Soft Tension: Reimagining urbanism and rurality through the spatio-cultural practices of hip hop’. In Stringer, B. (ed.). Rurality Re-imagined: Villagers, Farmers, Wanderers, Wild Things. CA: ORO / AR+D.

de Paor-Evans, Adam (2018) ‘Manchester Hip Hop: from Broken Glass to Ruf Diamonds’. In Mazierska, E. (ed.). Sounds Northern. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

de Paor-Evans, Adam (2018) ‘Appropriation: Graffiti (UK)’. In: Encyclopaedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World - 2nd Edition. Bloomsbury Publishing. (In Press).

Evans, Adam (2017) ‘Permanent transience: the identity crisis within representations of new urban housing’. In Hadjri, K. and Madrazo, L. (eds.), Global Dwelling: Approaches to Sustainability, Design and Participation. Southampton: WIT Press. ISBN: 978-1-78466-219-6.

Evans, Adam (2017) ‘Moving targets: practice, architecture and urban shrinkage’. In Madrazo, L. (ed.). Global Dwelling: Intertwining Research, Pedagogy and Community Participation, Barcelona: Ramon Llull University Press. ISBN: 978-84-939814-2-6.

Evans, Adam (2016) Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism, contributed entries on Futurism and Robert Moses.

Evans, Adam (2014) ‘On the Origins of Hip Hop: appropriation and territorial control of urban space’. In Maudlin, D., and Vellinga, M., (eds.). Consuming Architecture. London: Routledge. ISBN-10: 041582500805:11.