Adam is a postdoctoral fellow at the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption (TRIC) in the School of Sociology at The Australian National University, where he convenes and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on corruption and organised crime.
Adam came to the ANU in 2009 following a 24-year career with the federal government and has worked at TRIC since 2010. His public sector career included time at theDepartment of Defence, the Australian Taxation Office and 18 years with the Australian Federal Police, which included a decade with the Australian National Central Bureau of Interpol.
He has published or co-published on corruption at the local, national and international level, as well as corruption in sport and the private sector. His other publications have analysed the regulation of sex work and the use of political rhetoric by public leaders.
Adam's current research focuses on corruption and anti-corruption in sport and trade unions; transnational organized crime; the influence of culture on international organizations; and political rhetoric.