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Zoe Adams



Labour Law, Legal Methodology, Social Ontology, Corporate Governance, Private Law, EU Law


Labour Law and Poverty Alleviation in Low and Middle-Income Countries

Personal background

Zoe Adams is a PhD candidate in Law at the University of Cambridge. Her thesis, entitled ‘Towards a Social Ontology of the Wage’ is due for completion in September 2018. In October 2018 she will commence a four-year Junior Research Fellowship at King’s College, Cambridge. The themes of her research include social ontology, legal methodology, labour law, and inequality. Before commencing her PhD, Zoe completed her LLM at the EUI in Florence after having graduated with a first class BA degree in law from the University of Cambridge in 2013. Between 2013 and 2017 Zoe has worked as a researcher for the Centre for Business Research, working alongside Professor Simon Deakin on a number of projects relating to labour law, corporate governance, law and economics, legal methodology and EU law.  

In 2018, Zoe was appointed as an Affiliated Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge, lecturing in labour law and the economics of law and regulation. She also supervises labour law and tort law. 

Selected publications

Adams, Z. and Deakin, S. (2014) “Work is intermittent but capital is not: what to do about zero hours contracts.” Institute for Employment Rights blog, 1 May

Adams, Z. and Deakin, S. (2014) “Freedom of establishment and regulatory competition.” In: Arnull, T. and Chalmers, D. (eds.) The Oxford handbook of European Union law. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (forthcoming)

Adams, Z. and Deakin, S. (2014) “Corporate governance and employment relations.” In: Gordon, J. and Ringe, W.-G. (eds.) The Oxford handbook of corporate law and corporate governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (forthcoming)

Adams, Z. and Deakin, S. (2014) “Quantitative labour law.” Centre for Business Research Working Paper. Cambridge: University of Cambridge (presented to the Symposium on New Frontiers in Empirical Labour Law Research, Cambridge, April 2014)

Contact details

Zoe Adams
Centre for Business Research
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG