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Dr Ian Cook

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Ian has worked in the Department of Social Sciences since 2011. He works across the disciplines/fields of geography, urban studies and criminology. Before arriving in the North East, he worked at the University of Liverpool, University of Portsmouth and University of Manchester. Most importantly, he is a fan of Portsmouth Football Club.

Currently Ian is working with Clare Wiper on a research project exploring people's experiences of pedestrian underpasses in Newcastle upon Tyne (using surveys, interviews and archival research). If you have lived, worked or studied in Newcastle, it would be great if you could fill out this short survey on your thoughts about, and experiences of pedestrian underpasses in Newcastle: www.bit.ly/surveyunderpass. Thanks! 

Ian Cook

Ian's research focuses on cities, with a particular emphasis on five issues: (1) underpasses and the urban subterranean, (2) policy mobilities; (3) sex work; (4) fictional cities and crime; and (5) the temporality of cities:

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • "Maybe I’m a quiet activist": sex work scholars and negotiations of ‘minor’ academic-activism, Laing, M., Cook, I., Baker, T., Calder-Dawe, O. 1 Apr 2022, In: Sexualities
  • Time and detective novels: exploring the past and the night in Ian Rankin’s John Rebus series, Cook, I. Apr 2022, In: Clues: A Journal of Detection
  • Platforms, sex work and their interconnectedness, Swords, J., Laing, M., Cook, I. 28 Sep 2021, In: Sexualities
  • Victims, witnesses and the criminal justice system, Davies, P., Cook, I. Nov 2021, An Introduction to Criminology, London, SAGE
  • Conferences, award ceremonies and the showcasing of ‘best practice’: A case study of the annual European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels, Andersson, I., Cook, I. 1 Dec 2019, In: Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
  • Criminological policy mobilities and sex work: Understanding the movement of the ‘Swedish model’ to Northern Ireland, McMenzie, L., Cook, I., Laing, M. 1 Sep 2019, In: British Journal of Criminology
  • Inside mobile urbanism: cities and policy mobilities, Temenos, C., Baker, T., Cook, I. Jun 2019, Handbook of Urban Geography, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • Sex work, sensory urbanism and visual criminology: Exploring the role of the senses in shaping residential perceptions of brothels in Blackpool, Cooper, E., Cook, I., Bilby, C. May 2018, In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
  • Showcasing Vällingby to the world: post-war suburban development, informational infrastructures, and the extrospective city, Cook, I. 2018, In: Planning Perspectives
  • Suburban policy mobilities: Examining North American post-war engagements with Vällingby, Stockholm, Cook, I. 2018, In: Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography

Laura McMenzie Models on the Move: The Mobilities of Swedish and Dutch Sex Work Policies Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 21/01/2022

  • Geography PhD September 01 2008
  • Fellow of Advance HE


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