Ian R Cook

Ian R Cook
Northumbria University · Department of Social Sciences

PhD Human Geography

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Urban studies and criminology have much to offer each other, but the links between the two have so far been under-explored. This paper is an illustration of how aspects of both can, and should, be brought into conversation: namely the literatures on sensory urbanism (in urban studies) and visual criminology. The benefits of doing so are evidenced b...
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This article calls for a detailed examination of the links between suburbia and the mobilisation of policy knowledge. With suburbanisation taking place across the world and the expanding literature on policy mobilities having little to say about the suburbs, this article begins to address this important gap in our collective understanding. It does...
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Ideas, policies and models related to criminal justice often travel between places. How, then, should we make sense of this movement? We make the case for drawing on the policy mobilities literature, which originates in human geography. It is only recently that criminological studies have drawn on small parts of this literature. This article argues...
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This paper examines the interconnectedness of sex work with the platform economy. It does this by mobilising two concepts from the platform economy literature: the platform stack (which captures the structure of platforms) and interpenetration (which describes the processes through which platforms intersect). Exploring the platforms stacks and inte...
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This short chapter explores ‘dark destinations’ associated with crime fiction. It focuses on Ian Rankin’s Rebus detective novels, set in Edinburgh, and the guided tour of Edinburgh that is inspired by the novels. In doing this, the chapter reflects on the portrayal of urban life, crime and policing in the novels and tour.
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With the intensification of calls for social 'impact' from research, there is renewed emphasis on academic-activism as a means to realize social change. But what 'counts' as activism in these visions of academic-activist impact? Drawing on interviews with sex work scholars in the United Kingdom and Aotearoa New Zealand, we examine the borders-and t...
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Given that time is an important theme within detective novels, this article explores the portrayal of time in Ian Rankin's John Rebus series. The analysis concentrates on two important temporal dimensions: the past and the night.
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This paper makes the case that conferences and award ceremonies are important means through which best practices are presented as being successful, transferable and transformative. To do this, it draws on the expanding literature on policy mobilities and a case study of the European Week of Regions and Cities conference and one of the centrepieces...
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Vällingby – one of the first post-war suburbs in Stockholm – became a well-known and much visited development, a prominent place in the geographical imaginations of many planners and architects during the 1950s and 1960s. This article will consider the ways in which Vällingby was ‘showcased’ to planners and architects outside of Sweden during this...
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Albuquerque, New Mexico is the filming location and setting of the popular television drama Breaking Bad (2008-2013). Albuquerque is not merely a passive backdrop to the action in the show but a focal point of the series. So much so that in the geographical imaginations of many, Albuquerque and Breaking Bad became synonymous with each other. This p...
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Growing influence of the new mobilities paradigm among human geographers has combined with a long and rich disciplinary tradition of studying the movement of things and people. Yet how policy ideas and knowledge are mobilized remains a notably underdeveloped area of inquiry. In this article, we discuss the mobilization of policy ideas and policy mo...
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This article will explore the links between sex work, gender and victimisation. It will draw on the literature on victims and victimology, as well as the literature on sex work, to explore the ways in which sex work, gender and victimisation are presented at John Schools. These are court diversion educational programmes that teach those arrested fo...
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This essay explores the nature and potential of interdisciplinarity in the expanding body of research on the circulation of policies between places. It focuses on the policy mobilities literature, highlighting its geographical underpinnings as well as its links to, and divergences from, literature beyond geography, in particular the political scien...
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In light of the burgeoning academic interest in policy mobilities and policy tourism, this paper offers a critical insight into international planning study tours. Countering the contemporary focus of much of the research on these topics, this paper draws on archival research to explore the international study tours of the UK's Town and Country Pla...
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This article considers how useful the urban revanchism thesis is in helping us understand the John School, a “mobile” educational programme that has been rolled out in the United States, Canada, the UK and South Korea which teaches those arrested for soliciting for the purposes of buying sex the negative consequences of their actions. The article b...
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Sex work is often constructed as an urban ‘problem’. As a result, sex workers, clients and the spaces in which people buy or sell sex are frequently the subject of intervention from those governing cities. This paper considers the ways in which problems and solutions are framed in the wider governance of sex work in cities in the global north. It d...
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This article builds upon a relatively small but growing literature in geography, planning and cognate disciplines that seeks to understand the variegated geographies and histories of policy mobilities. The article uses a case study of an exchange trip between town planners in the Soviet Union and the UK between 1957 and 1958. It focuses on the expe...
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This study uses the ongoing attempts to redevelop Cleveland's waterfront to reveal the relational comparative geographies that are present in a number of contemporary urban revalorization strategies. It draws on archival documents, semi-structured interviews, and the local gray literature to make three contributions to the existing urban-global stu...
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We shall argue in this paper that the problematic of social cohesion is also one of socio-ecological cohesion whereby the urbanization of nature and its socio-environmentally enabling and disabling conditions are key processes. By viewing the contradictions of the urbanization process as intrinsically socio-ecological ones, the terrain of social co...
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This paper makes a contribution to the fledgling literature on policy mobilities and mutations. Using the example of the internationalization of the Business Improvement District (BID) model, it argues that conferences constitute important arenas in and through which both the mobilizing and embedding of urban policies can occur. Focusing on a two-d...
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This paper argues for a rethinking of our understanding of what and where go into the ‘urban’ in the New Urban Politics (NUP). It contends that these issues have always been more complex, complicated and, most importantly, contested than has sometimes appeared to be the case in the literature. Using the example of one trans-urban policy learning ne...
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From studies of ‘panoptic’ CCTV surveillance to accounts of undercover police officers, it is often mooted that visibility and invisibility are central to the policing of public space. However, there has been no comprehensive and critical assessment of this axiom. Drawing on the practices of a variety of policing providers and regulators, and the w...
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This study considers the emergence of Public Private Policing Partnerships (PPPPs) in England and focuses on two increasingly common partnership bodies in particular: Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Town Center Management (TCM) schemes. It argues that in order to fully understand the operations of these partnerships, research must pay att...
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Although it has many merits, the voluminous literature on urban governance gives scant attention to the actual involvement and positioning of business elites and businesses within Public–Private Partnerships. There is also little consensus among academics as to why the private sector become involved in such schemes. This paper begins to address the...
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This paper examines the ways in which policies are transferred between places: how they are disembedded from, and re-embedded into, new political, economic and social contexts. To do this, the paper will draw upon a case study of the transfer of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) from the US to England and Wales. Within this, the paper demonstra...

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Hi! I'm working on a research project on people's experiences of, and the history of, pedestrian underpasses in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). If by any chance you have lived, worked or studied in Newcastle upon Tyne, it would be great if you filled out the short survey below:
The research project also involves archival research and interviews too.
Thanks,
Ian

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I am currently working on a research project examining people's experiences of pedestrian underpasses, focusing on those in Newcastle upon Tyne. For those of you (like me) who have, at some point in life, lived, worked or studied in Newcastle upon Tyne, please consider filling out this short survey which focuses on your thoughts about, and experiences, of pedestrian underpasses in the city (it would be much appreciated!): www.bit.ly/surveyunderpass
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This brings together a series of projects exploring issues around the regulation, experiences and relationships within sex work.