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Ian has worked in the Department of Social Sciences since 2011. Prior to this he worked as a University Teacher at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool; a Research Associate at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth; and a Research Fellow/Associate at the School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester. He works across the disciplines/fields of geography, urban studies and criminology.

Research interests

Ian's research focuses on cities, with a particular emphasis on four issues: (1) policy mobilities; (2) sex work; (3) fictional cities and crime; and (4) the temporality of cities.

  • Policy mobilities: Ian is interested in how models of ‘best practice’ are constructed and how these move and mutate between places. His research has examined how different models of urban development and regeneration (e.g. Business Improvement Districts, suburban developments, waterfront regeneration, sporting mega-events) are circulated and introduced into new places. A key part of this research involves looking at the methods through which policymakers learn about policies elsewhere, focusing in particular on study tours, conferences and award ceremonies.
  • Sex work: Ian has worked on a number of projects about sex work, many with an urban focus. These projects include looking at how clients of sex work are policed (and the use of John Schools in the UK); the international circulation of sex work policy models; the role of platforms within contemporary sex work; and activism by sex work academics. 
  • Fictional cities and crime: Ian is examining the ways in which crime dramas and crime fiction represent cities. He has explored this through an analysis of the crime drama Breaking Bad and is currently analysing these issues in Ian Rankin's long-running John Rebus novels.
  • The temporality of cities: He is currently writing about the relationship between time and cities. Here he is exploring the role of time in the policing of urban sex work as well as how the issue of time runs through urban crime fiction.   

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD

1 Sep 200431 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sep 2008


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