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Dr Ian Cook

Assistant Professor

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.

His research often focuses on cities, and his latest research project consider people's experiences of, and the governance of, pedestrian underpasses in Newcastle. Away from cities, he is also working on a research project looks at the experience of academics who move between academic disciplines. 

Before arriving in the North East, Ian worked at the University of Liverpool, University of Portsmouth and University of Manchester. Most importantly, he is a fan of Portsmouth Football Club.

Ian Cook

Ian's research focuses on cities, with a particular emphasis on four issues: (1) public spaces and subterranean places; (2) policy mobilities; (3) sex work; and (4) fictional cities and crime:

  • 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 Feb 2024, In: Sexualities
  • The subterranean in crime fiction: examining Edinburgh’s underground in Ian Rankin’s John Rebus novels, Cook, I. 27 May 2024, In: Social and Cultural Geography
  • Platforms, sex work and their interconnectedness, Swords, J., Laing, M., Cook, I. 1 Mar 2023, In: Sexualities
  • Sensory criminology, social identities and public space: encounters with pedestrian underpasses in Newcastle upon Tyne, Cook, I., Wiper, C., Smith, M. 15 Dec 2023, In: Criminological Encounters
  • The Rebus guided tour: Edinburgh, UK, Cook, I., Rowe, M. 14 Mar 2023, 50 Dark Destinations, Bristol, Policy Press
  • 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
  • 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, Dodds, 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

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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