Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Exeter

Ian Cook is a cultural geographer with longstanding interests in material geographies, multi-sited ethnographic research, connective aesthetics and critical pedagogy. He combines these in/as 'follow the thing' work. Here, there and everywhere, Ian writes as 'Ian Cook et al' to acknowledge the collaborative nature of all of his work.

He has more recently added to these interests new media ecology, commodity activism and making methods to create, a spoof online shop, resource, database and fieldsite stocked with provocative 'follow the thing' work by academics, students, filmmakers, artists, journalists and others.

Ian began his academic career in the Department of Geography at the University of Wales, Lampeter (1993-9), then worked in the School of Geography at the University of Birmingham (1999-2007), before moving to Exeter in the summer of 2007.

Ian is a member of the Global Coordination Team of the Fashion Revolution movement, and coordinates Exeter's Cultural and Historical Geographies research group.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Geography, University of Exeter