Ian Cook

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

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

  • Policy mobilities: Ian is interested in how models of ‘best practice’ are constructed and how these move and mutate between places. As part of a group of scholars working in the Imagining Urban Futures research programme, Ian’s 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 embedded in particular 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. Another key part is the focus on policy mobilities and policy tourism between 1945 and 1960.
  • Sex work: Ian has explored the ways in which sex work is governed in the city (with a project critically examining the use of John Schools in the UK), the relationship between sex work and local residents, and how policy knowledge about sex work circulates.
  • 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 the Swedish/Danish crime drama The Bridge and Ian Rankin's long-running Inspector Rebus novels.



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Geography

    1 Sep 2004 - 31 Dec 2099