Hello and a big welcome jographies – a blog about geographical perspectives on running. It is managed and curated by me – Simon Cook – a human geographer and runner based at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Jographies is not your typical blog about running. It explores running from a range of social, cultural, creative and geographical angels – 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 studies. My research concerns the everyday practices and spaces of everyday life. It looks at how our lives are lived, what makes them livable, and how these relate to our changing world. So far, my work has been focused on running practices and my PhD explores the rise of run-commuting in the UK and running’s potential as a transport mode. Expect to see content relating to this work and my wider academic interests in human geography, methodological innovation and public engagement.
I joined Royal Holloway in 2013 to study an MA in Cultural Geography and started a PhD in the Department of Geography in 2014. Prior to this, I was based at the wonderful School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at Plymouth University where I really fostered my enthusiasm for geography – in both the academic and real word sense. My love for running was fostered earlier, however, in a small town just outside of Birmingham.
If you are interested in further information about my background then check out my CV.
Jographies is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.