I officially joined the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group as a PhD student in October this year, and although not technically new to the department or to the blog, I am here to introduce myself as part of a series of new students saying ‘Hello world’.
I joined the Department of Geography at RHUL in 2013 to undertake the MA in Cultural Geography and have since stayed on the do my PhD under the expert supervision of Professor Pete Adey. Prior to this I was based in the wonderful School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at Plymouth University from 2010 – 2013 where I really gained my enthusiasm and passion for human geography. My postgraduate studies are funded by an ESRC 1+3 studentship.
I am a human geographer with broad interests that transect social, cultural and transport geography. My principle research enthusiasms include:
- Running geographies
- Corporeal mobilities
- Active transport
- Connections between transport geography and mobilities research
- Intersections of transport, sport and leisure practices
- The revitalisation of sport geographies
- Mobilities design
- Mobile methods
- Public geographies/engagement
My research concerns a range of banal and mobile practices that occur in public spaces and their importance for street-level politics, urban design, the experiences and meanings of everyday life as well as understandings of place, space and mobility. I am intrigued by practices that cross-boundaries, that can simultaneously be transport and leisure modes and the tensions that these can conjure up. I also hold a wider interest in methodological innovation and public geographies. All these curiosities are currently manifest in my PhD study that is a broad project exploring the mobile practice of running with a specific focus on run-commuting and running’s potential as a transport mode. This project is provisionally titled Run-Commuting in the City: Movement, Meaning and Experience and seeks to 1) understand the emerging practice of run-commuting, 2) assess its potential as a transport mode, and 3) explore what can be done to encourage the practice.
If you want to find out more about my work and discuss any of it with me (and please do), there are a range of ways to follow my research and contact me:
- Blog: www.jographies.wordpress.com
- Twitter: @SimonIanCook
- Email: Simon.Cook.firstname.lastname@example.org
- RHUL Profile: http://pure.rhul.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/simon-cook(e0a354f0-6b10-4194-8f48-ffde0a9b367f).html
- Academia.edu: www.royalholloway.academia.edu/SimonCook
- ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Simon_Cook5