Mr Simon Cook

Supervised by

  • Peter Adey First/primary/lead supervisor

    1/10/14 → …

Educational background


PhD in Human Geography

2014 - 2019 Royal Holloway University of London

Thesis: Run-Commuting in the UK: the emergence, production and potential of a mobile practice.

Supervisor: Prof. Pete Adey 


Programme in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning

2015 - 2018 Royal Holloway, University of London


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. 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.  I have also been based in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences at Birmingham City University since 2017 where I am now a Senior Lecturer in Academic Support.

Website:    Twitter: @SimonIanCook

Research interests


I am a human geographer with broad interests in the everyday practices of daily life: the ways in which they happen, how they change, and what they can tell us about societies and spaces.


This work sits at the intersection of mobility studies, social and cultural geography, transport studies, physical cultural studies, and qualitative research in sport, exercise and health.


These interests are currently being explored in my doctoral project researching the rise of run-commuting. My research seeks to understand the emergence of run-commuting, how it actually happens, and what potential it may have. In doing so, the project speaks to a wider interest in how and why practices are changing.


 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


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