Dr Bumpus is a climate change solutions expert. Since 2002, he has worked in environmental communications, and the role of technology in climate change and sustainable development. Currently he is Senior Research Fellow at the School of Geography, Faculty of Science, with an ARC Fellowship on how incubators and accelerators are helping create clean energy entrepreneurs in Australia, the US and the EU. He is also a winner of Top 5 Under 40 Science Communicators at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and is a 2016 ABC Scientist in Residence.
In 2001, he completed a B.Sc. (honours) in Ecology (First Class, 1:1) at the University of East Anglia, UK, and in 2004 obtained a Master of Arts in Environment, Politics and Globalization (Pass with Distinction) at the University of London, King's College. In 2009 Adam was awarded a degree as Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) from the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, at Oxford University. His DPhil was in Geography and the Environment: Carbon Markets and International Development. Both his masters and DPhil theses focused on the governance of carbon offsets and the use of carbon finance for community development and poverty alleviation in Latin America.
Currently Dr Bumpus leads research on entrepreneurship and the clean energy economy, and the role of mobile phones in helping remote communities adapt to climate change and communicate local impacts. Adam has worked in developed and developing countries including Honduras, Ecuador, India, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, and Viet Nam.
In addition to his academic work, Dr Bumpus works in the communications of climate change issues. This has included working in advertising, communications at United Nations conferences, and producing film and audio on environmental issues for national TV and Radio. He is the co-founder of the sustainability communications agency, Apidae, and consults for the UN, national governments, the ABC, and the World Bank on effective engagement and communications of climate change policy and solutions.
From 2009 to 2011 he was a Research Fellow at the Center for Social Innovation and Impact Investing at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), and Santa Cruz (UCSC), the Liu Institute for Global Affairs (UBC), the University of Sussex, and, in 2015, at Stanford University.
In addition to his work Adam is a keen skier and surfer, and loves select music from classic 70s rock to electronica.