Mr Simon Cook

Supervised by

  • Peter Adey First/primary/lead supervisor

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Educational background


PhD in Human Geography

2014 - 2017 Royal Holloway University of London

Thesis: Running the City: Movement, Meaning, Experience

Supervisor: Prof. Pete Adey 


MA Cultural Geography (Research)

2013 - 2014 Royal Holloway University of London

Thesis: Running as Transport: a geographical provocation

Supervisor: Prof. Phil Crang


BA (Hons) Geography

2010 - 2013 Plymouth University

Thesis: Jography: Exploring the Mobilities of Road-Running

Supervisor: Prof. Jon Shaw

Personal profile


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 commencing in September 2014. 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 along with a First Class degree in BA (Hons) Geography. My postgraduate studies are funded by an ESRC 1+3 studentship.  

Website:    Twitter: @SimonIanCook

Research interests


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.

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