Follow the Things

Professor Ian Cook
Professor of Cultural 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, 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.

Ian is a member of the Global Coordination Team of the Fashion Revolution movement, and coordinates Exeter's Cultural and Historical Geographies research group.


1986: BSc Human Sciences, University College London, UK

1992: MA Human Geography, University of Kentucky, USA

1997: PhD Human Geography, University of Bristol, UK


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

Office hours

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Contact details

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