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Dr Ian Cook

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Ian has worked in the Department of Social Sciences since 2011. Prior to this he worked as a University Teacher at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool; a Research Associate at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth; and a Research Fellow/Associate at the School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester.

Ian Cook

Key Publications

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  • 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, 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, 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, Cook, I. 2018, In: Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography
  • Television drama and the urban diegesis, Cook, I., Ashutosh, I. 28 May 2018, In: Urban Geography
  • Tour guides and the hosting of policy tourism, Cook, I., Andersson, I. 2018, Globala flöden och lokala praktiker – policymobilitet i tid och rum, Årsboken Ymer, Stockholm, Svenska Sällskapet för Antropologi och Geografi
  • Business Improvement Districts in the UK: Territorialising a ‘global’ model?, Cook, I., Ward, K. 14 Mar 2017, Territorial Policy and Governance: Alternative Paths, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis
  • Supporting Victims and Witnesses, Cook, I., Davies, P. Jan 2017, An Introduction to Criminal Justice, London, SAGE


Geography PhD September 01 2008

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Ian's research focuses on cities, with a particular emphasis on three issues: (1) policy mobilities; (2) sex work; and (3) fictional cities and crime.

  • Policy mobilities: Ian is interested in how models of ‘best practice’ are constructed and how these move and mutate between places. As part of a group of scholars working in the Imagining Urban Futures research programme, Ian’s research has examined how different models of urban development and regeneration (e.g. Business Improvement Districts, suburban developments, waterfront regeneration, sporting mega-events) are circulated and embedded in particular places. A key part of this research involves looking at the methods through which policymakers learn about policies elsewhere, focusing in particular on study tours, conferences and award ceremonies. Another key part is the focus on policy mobilities and policy tourism between 1945 and 1960.
  • Sex work: Ian has explored the ways in which sex work is governed in the city (with a project critically examining the use of John Schools in the UK), the relationship between sex work and local residents, and how policy knowledge about sex work circulates.
  • Fictional cities and crime: Ian is examining the ways in which crime dramas and crime fiction represent cities. He has explored this through an analysis of the crime drama Breaking Bad and is currently analysing these issues in the Swedish/Danish crime drama The Bridge and Ian Rankin's long-running Inspector Rebus novels.

PGR Supervision

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

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