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Professor Ian Cook
Professor of Cultural Geography

External responsibilities

Awards/Honorary fellowships

Visiting Professor in Geography, Université Paris Diderot (2016-17)

Committee/panel activities

Member, Fashion Revolution  Global Coordination Team (2016-)

Fashion Revolution Global Education & Resources Lead (2014-2016)

Member of the Geography Education Research Collective (2013-)

Trustee of the Geographical Association (2011-2016)

​Academic Advisory Board member, Students & Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (2008-)

Editorial responsibilities

Geography Compass (Oxford: Blackwell: cultural geography editor, 2006-2012)

Cultural Geographies (London: Sage - editorial board member, 2011-)

Geography (Sheffield: Geographical Association - editorial board member, 2008-)

ACME: an on-line journal for critical geographies (editorial board member, 2000-2007)

Qualitative research (London: Sage - editorial board member, 1999-)

External Examiner Positions

MA in Food Security and Food Justice, University of Sheffield (2015-)

University Preparatory Certificate in the Humanities (Geography), UCL (2008-2011)

Invited lectures & workshops

Ian Cook et al (2018) Lives in+of food. Invited presentation at the Food 2.0 Lab's 'Rethinking Food + Food Safety' conference, Paris

Ian Cook et al (2018) Minifigurative politics. Inaugural lecture, University of Exeter.

Ian Cook et al (2017) ‘Who made my clothes? MOOCing crowd research on everyday consumption’. Invited presentation at the Geographies of Fashion and Style symposium, University of Bristol, UK; at the Researching the Everyday: Insights from Consumption Studies seminar, Newcastle University, UK; and in the Teddy Talks series, Phoenix Centre, Exeter

Ian Cook et al (2017) Invited panel contriution to ESRC Consumption Ethics: Interdisciplinary Meanings and Intersections seminar, Birkbeck, Univeristy of London, UK.

Ian Cook et al (2017) Why I refuse to write about, and then do so. Invited panel contribution to the RGS(IBG) Digital Geographies Working Group event Revolution, Evolution, Imposition, London, UK

Ian Cook et al (2017) Making sense of (un)ethical trade with LEGO. Invited Lecture+ at the Geographical Association annaul conference, Guildford, UK

Ian Cook et al (2016) Primark on the Rack: making and sharing Political LEGO. Invited seminar, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Wales

Ian Cook et al (2015) Critical making with web2.0: on the material geographies in/of Invited seminar in the ‘How social sciences shape society’ conference series, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Ian Cook et al (2015) Making conversations about ethical consumption with Invited presentation at the ESRC Consumption Ethics in Society seminar, University of Leicester, UK.

Ian Cook et al (2015) Food talk: geographies of food and the ‘follow the thing approach. Invited keynote at the White Rose DTC Inaugural Food Studies Seminar Event, University of Sheffield, UK.

Ian Cook, Will Kelleher, Charlotte Brunton & Jennifer Hart (2014) research & teaching through global connection. Invited presentation at the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes, Brown University, Providence RI, USA.

Ian Cook et al (2014) Sparking conversations about research. Invited presentation, GW4 Communication for Collaboration residential, University of Bristol, UK.

Ian Cook et al (2014) Material cultural geography & Invited presentation to ‘A World Adrift’ studio, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK.

Ian Cook et al (2013) Thinking geographically with Invited keynote to the ‘Changing Habits for Good’ teacher workshop, Krakow, Poland

Ian Cook et al (2013) Lives in things. Invited opening lecture for the ‘Consumption & Commodities’ lecture series, Bath Spa University, UK.

Ian Cook et al (2013) as open access publishing. Invited panel contribution on ‘Open Access Publishing: a stock-take and critical debate’, RGS(IBG) annual conference, London, UK.

Ian Cook et al (2012) thinking through materials. Invited keynote at the 'Materialities, Visualities, Securities' workshop, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK.

Ian Cook et al (2011) Writing collaboration. Invited contribution to a panel on ‘Writing creatively: process, practice and product’, Association of American, Geographers, Seattle, USA.

Ian Cook et al (2010) Shopping online: new sites and technologies for 'follow the thing' research. Invited keynote presentation to the ERC EUROQUAL workshop on Spatial and network analysis in qualitative research, European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Media Coverage

Sirpa Tani (2018) Tarinoita papaijasta, etnografiasta ja tieteen rajojen koettelusta: haastattelussa Ian Cook ja Eeva Kemppainen. Terra 130(1), 39-42

Joss Hands (2015) The Museum of Contemporary Commodities. Digicult October

Anon (2015) The Museum of Contemporary Commodities. Hack Circus (Issue 8, Prediction) September

Lizzie Lloyd (2015) Review of Bideford Black: The Next Generation, Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Devon. Aesthetica 2 November

Olivia Edward (2013) I‘m a geographer: Ian Cook. Geographical magazine April, p.82

Anon (2012) Food Globalisation (interview). Geography in the news, Royal Geographical Society, October

Significant Impact

‘Follow The Things’: developing critical pedagogies to promote geographically-informed and ethically-aware consumption in school geography curriculum (REF 2014 impact case study: download).

Fashion ethics after the Rana Plaza factory collapse (University of Exeter Grand Challenge, Exeter Guildhall shopping centre, 2-6 June 2014: website)

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