Hello and a big welcome to jographies – a blog about geographical perspectives on running. It is managed and curated by me – Simon Cook – a human geographer and runner based at Birmingham City Univeristy.
Jographies is not your typical blog about running. It explores running from a range of social, cultural, creative and geographical angles – prodding it and probing it to reveal new perspectives. Together, we’ll journey through the cultures and practices of running to make the familiar unfamiliar, and the unfamiliar familiar. I hope to stir some debate and discussion through the blog so please feel free to comment and join in.
Much of the content is based on my academic research. My research concerns everyday active practices: the ways in which they happen, how they change, and what they can tell us about societies and spaces. My PhD research explored the rise of run-commuting in the UK and ongoing research projects focus on multi-modal mobilities, post-collision cycling practices and running during social distancing. Expect to see content relating to this work and my wider academic interests in running and active practices.
I joined Birmingham City University in 2017 and the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, where I teach academic and research skills. I completed my PhD in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2020, investigating run-commuting in the UK. My running research started earlier however, having studied running geographies during both by MA in Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway between 2013 – 2014, and during my BA (Hons) Geography at Plymouth University between 2010 – 2013. My love for running was fostered much earlier, however, in a town just outside of Birmingham.
Jographies is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.