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.

In recent years he has added to these interests new media ecology and commodity activism, after experimenting with blogging as a means to write collaboratively about the geographies of food, and with web design 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.

He writes as 'Ian Cook et al' to acknowledge the collaborative nature of all of his work.

Ian is Geography's Equality and Diversity rep and Chair of its Athena SWAN Working Group on the Streatham campus.


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

Ian's office hours will resume in Week 1 of Term 3.

Contact details

Internal tel3251
Tel+44 (0) 1392 723251
AddressAmory Building
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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