Adrian is an anthropologist who researches urban multiculturalism and food systems. He is currently studying how trust affects localised food production in Beijing, Melbourne, Havana, and São Paulo. Funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), his work brings together international teams to compare challenges, share success stories, and formulate solutions.
His books include Diaspora and Trust and Cuba: Religion, Social Capital, and Development (Duke Univ. Press 2016 and 2008), and (as editor) The Changing Currents of Transpacific Integration and China Engages Latin America (Lynne Rienner 2016 and 2011).