Dr Ian Cook
Associate Professor of Geography


Ian is a cultural geographer with longstanding interests in material geographies, multi-sited ethnographic research, connective aesthetics and critical pedagogy. He combines these in/as 'follow the thing' work.

He has more recently added to these interests new media ecology, commodity activism and making methods to create followthethings.com, a spoof online shop, resource, database and fieldsite stocked with provocative 'follow the thing' work by academics, students, filmmakers, artists, journalists and others. 

Live reporting on the 'follow the things' project takes place on its blog, and on twitter, facebook and flickr

Here, there and everywhere, Ian writes as 'Ian Cook et al' to acknowledge the collaborative nature of all of his work.

He is a member of the Global Coordination Team of Fashion Revolution and heads Exeter's Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge Research Group.



Ian graduated from UCL in 1986 with a BSc in Human Sciences, from the University of Kentucky in 1992 with an MA in Human Geography, and from the University of Bristol in 1997 with a PhD in Human Geography.

He began his academic career at the University of Wales, Lampeter (1993-9), then worked at the University of Birmingham (1999-2007), before moving to Exeter in 2007. 

Office hours

Tuesday 11-12 & Thursday 10-11am

Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 723251
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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