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School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Adam Elliott-Cooper, BA, Nottingham; MSc, SOAS; DPhil, Oxford.


Lecturer in Public and Social Policy

Twitter: @adamec87
Office Hours: Tuesday 14:00-16:00 (office drop in or Teams by appointment)


Adam Elliott-Cooper received his PhD from the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, in 2016. He has previously worked as a researcher in the Department of Philosophy at UCL, as a teaching fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick and as a research associate in the Department of Geography at King's College London.

His first monograph, Black Resistance to British Policing, was published by Manchester University Press in May 2021. He is also co-author of Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State (Pluto Press, 2021).

Adam sits on the board of The Monitoring Group, an anti-racist organisation challenging state racisms and racial violence.

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Research Interests:

Racial Capitalism, state racism, postcolonialism, policing, anti-racism, black feminism, social movements



Elliott-Cooper, A (May 2021) Black Resistance to British Policing. Manchester University Press

Elliott-Cooper, A., Bhattacharyya, G., de Noronha, L., Balani, S., Koram, K., El-Enany, N., Nisancioglu, K. and Gabriel, D. (February 2021) Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State. Pluto Press

Journal Articles

Elliott-Cooper, A. (2023). Abolishing institutional racism. Race & Class, 65(1), 100–118

Elliott-Cooper, A., Hubbard, P. & Lees, L (2020) Sold out? The right-to-buy, gentrification and working-class displacements in London. Sociological Review. 68(6):1354-1369.

Elliott, Cooper, A, Hubbard, P & Lees, L (2019). Moving beyond Marcuse: gentrification, displacement and the violence of un-homing. Progress In Human Geography. 44(3):492-509.

Elliott-Cooper, A (2019). ‘Our Life is a Struggle’: Gender, Respectability and Black Resistance. Antipode 51(2): 539-557

Elliott-Cooper, A (2017). The struggle that cannot be named: violence, space and the re-articulation of anti-racism in post-Duggan Britain. Ethnic and Racial Studies 41(14): 2445–2463

Elliott-Cooper, A (2017). Free, Decolonised Education: A Lesson from the South African Student Struggle. AREA 49(3): 332–334

Elliott-Cooper, A (2014). Stuart Hall: A Dedication. City, 18(3): 349–352

Elliott-Cooper, A (2014). Moral Panic(s) in the 21st Century. City, 18(2): 160–166

Edited Volumes / Special Issues

Elliott-Cooper, A (2018). Co-Editor, Special Issue: 'Identity Politics' Historical Materialism (with Kumar, A, Gebrial, D & Giyer, S)

Elliott-Cooper, A (2014). Co-Editor, Special Issue: 'Labour Pains: Resistance Across Global Spaces' City, 18:6. 771–775 (with Murrey A, Kumar A & Younis M)

Book Chapters

Elliott-Cooper, A (2021) The Four Stages of Moral Panic, in Qureshi, A (Ed.) I Refuse to Condemn (Manchester University Press)

Elliott-Cooper, A (2019). The Legacies of the Race Today Collective, in Bunce, R & Field, P (Eds). From Victim to Protagonist: A Race Today Anthology (London: Pluto Press)

Elliott-Cooper, A (2018). Free, Decolonised Education: A Lesson from the South African Student Struggle, in Mirza, H & Arday, J (Eds). Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy (London: Routledge)

Elliott-Cooper, A (2016). 'State Violence Old and New: From Slavery to Serco' in Blackness in Britain, Andrews, K & Palmer, L (Eds). London: Routledge

Policy Reports

Elliott-Cooper, A (2020) ‘Britain is not innocent’: A Netpol Report on the policing of Black Lives Matter protests in Britain’s towns and cities in 2020. (London: Network for Police Monitoring).


Elliott-Cooper, A (2020) Paris-Londres: Music Migrations (1962–1989). The London Journal

Elliott-Cooper, A (2017). Conceptualizing racism: breaking the chains of racially accommodative language. Ethnic and Racial Studies 41(3): 586–588

Elliott-Cooper, A (2017). Crisis, austerity and everyday life: living in a time of diminishing expectations. Ethnic and Racial Studies 41(3): 584–585

Elliott-Cooper, A (2014). Thoughts into action: groundings with black British pedagogy. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 18(1): 134–144

Elliott-Cooper, A (2013). The Stuart Hall Project: Review and Reflections. City, 17(6): 827–834


Adam is interested in supervising students researching police/prison abolition, racial capitalism, anti-racism and/or the legacies of colonialism.

Public Engagement

Adam sits on the board of The Monitoring Group, an anti-racist organisation challenging state racisms and racial violence.

He regularly features in the broadcast and print media discussing issues relating to policing and racism in Britain, including Sky News, BBC News, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4 and The Guardian.

Adam has been interviewed on numerous podcasts, including:

The Guardian Racism, policing and austerity: have lessons been learned since England’s 2011 riots?

BBC Radio 4 Across the Red Line: Can we trust the police?


UCL Sarah Parker Remond Centre

New Humanist Black Resistance to British Policing

Distraction Pieces Defunding the police discussion

The Verso Podcast Our London

New Books Podcast Critical Theory

Undersong: Race Conversations and otherwise On transnational Blackness

The, defined Black Resistance to British Policing

The World Transformed Understanding the Crisis

Surviving Society Policing, politics and drill music

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