Adrian Franklin trained as an anthropologist in the UK, and has held professorial positions at the University of Bristol, UK and the University of Oslo (Norway). He was the 2009 Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Auckland . He is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania.
He has worked extensively in TV and radio, most recently as co-host and twentieth century expert for ABC TV's Collectors and as a regular contributor to the ABC Radio National show By Design.
His most recent book was Retro: The Twentieth Century Design Revival (Bloomsbury, 2012).