Here is a brief overview of my ongoing and previous research projects, as well links to outputs related to those projects. You can use the below links to jump to a particular project. If you have any questions about any, please do get in touch.
- Post-collision cycling practices (2021 -)
- Geographies of active practices (2020 -)
- Exercise during social distancing (2020 -)
- Academic skills and Geography (2020 -)
- Run-Commuting in the UK (2014 – 2020)
- Running as Transport (2014)
- The Mobilities of Road-Running (2012-2013)
Post-collision cycling practices (2021 -)
In collaboration with Natalie Walker at Birmingham City University, this projects seeks to explore previously unresearched post-collision cycling practices. It is interested in what happens to cyclists and their practices following collisions and what the experiences of this are. It hopes to inform work supporting cyclists after collisions and help to maintain cycling practices, contributing to the production of cycling societies.
Geographies of active practices (2020 -)
Through a range of collaboration, this meta-project aims to review and set agendas for variety of topics that collectively identify the state-of-art and develops the future of research into the geographies of active practices. This includes a collaboration with Rachel Aldred, Tom Cohen and Lorna Stevenson at the (University of Westminster) into active travel beyond walking and cycling; with Sarah Bell (University of Exeter) into healthy mobilities; with Pete Adey (Royal Holloway University of London) into the relationship between mobility and sport studies; and with Jonas Larsen (Roskilde University) into the geographies of running.
- (2022) Cook, S. and Larsen, J. Geographies of running cultures and practices. Geography Compass
- (2022) Cook, S., Stevenson, L., Aldred, R., Kendall, M. and Cohen, T. More than walking and cycling: What is ‘active travel’?. Transport Policy, 126: pp.161-161
- (2021) Bell, S.L. and Cook, S. Healthy Mobilities. Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, 11(2), pp.98-108
Exercise during social distancing (2020 -)
In collaboration with Sam Hayes at the University of Salford, this project seeks to explore experiences and perceptions of exercising during the COVID-19 pandemic and requirements for social distancing in the UK. Using Twitter data, we are exploring how lockdown measures illuminates, exacerbates, changes or impact exercises practices in the UK and the politics of these.
- (2021) Coen, S.E., Cook, S., and Hayes, S.J. ‘Pandemic Geographies of Physical Activity’ in Andrews, G.J., Crooks, V.A., Pearce, J.R. and Messina, J.P. (eds) COVID-19 and Similar Futures: Pandemic Geographies, Springer, London: pp.165-172. (open access version here)
- (2020) Cook, S. and Hayes. S. Covid-19 and the changing geographies of exercise. Geography Directions.
Academic skills and Geography (2020 -)
In collaboration with Ben Newman at the Open University, this pedagogical project seeks to review how academic skills are taught, engaged with and positioned with academic Geography courses, as well as setting an agenda for more extensive and critical engagement in the future.
Run-Commuting in the UK (2014 – 2020)
My PhD research was the first large-scale study into run-commuting. It sought to understand how run-commuting emerged, happens and the potential it has in the UK. I spent five years surveying, interviewing and running alongside run-commuters around the UK to better understand this mobile practice.
- (2022) Cook, S. Running with a bag: encumbrance, materiality, rhythm. Social & Cultural Geography
- (2021) Cook, S. ‘Geographies of run-commuting in the UK‘ Journal of Transport Geography, 92: 103038. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2021.103038
- (2020) Cook, S. Run-Commuting in the UK: the emergence, production and potential of a mobile practice [PhD Thesis]. Royal Holloway University of London.
- (2020) Cook, S. An Academic Approach to Run Commuting. Tracksmith Journal.
- (2020) Cook, S. ‘Researching the run: Methods for exploring mundane jographies‘ in: Holmes, H. and Hall, S.M. (eds) Mundane Methods: Innovative ways to research the everyday, Manchester University Press, Manchester: pp.193-210. (open access version here)
Running as Transport (2014)
My first endeavours to understand run-commuting where in my MA thesis. This project attempted to understand two ways running was used as transport in contemporary societies – run-commuting and emergency running, such as when running to catch a train.
- (2019) Cook, S. The Rise of Run-Commuting. Mobile Lives Forum.
- (2017) Cook, S. ‘Rushing, dashing, scrambling: The role of the train station in producing the reluctant runner’ in: Spinney, J., Reimer, S. and Pinch, P. (eds) Mobilising Design, Designing Mobilities: Intersections, Affordances, Relations, Routledge, Abingdon: pp.62-75. (open access version here)
- (2016) Cook, S. ‘Run-commuting’ in: Sultana, S. and Weber, J. (eds) Minicars, Maglevs, and Mopeds: Modern Modes of Transportation Around the World, ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, Santa Barbara, California: pp.255-258. (open access version)
- (2015) Cook, S. Why is London trailblazing the run-commute? Runner’s Guide to London.
- (2014) Cook, S. Running as Transport [MA Thesis]. Royal Holloway University of London.
The Mobilities of Road-Running (2012 – 2013)
My first ever research into running was as part of my undergraduate dissertation at Plymouth University. I applied a mobilities perspective to understanding running for the first time and explored the movements, meanings and experiences that are important within running practices.
- (2017) Cook, S. Runners v pedestrians: who should give way to whom?. The Guardian.
- (2016) Cook, S., Shaw, J. and Simpson, P. ‘Jography: exploring meanings, experiences and spatialities of recreational road-running‘ Mobilities. doi:10.1080/17450101.2015.1034455 (open access version here)
- (2016) Cook, S., Shaw, J., and Simpson, P. ‘Running Order: Urban Public Space, Everyday Citizenship and Sporting Subjectivities’ in: Koch, N. (ed.) Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, Power and Sport in Global Perspective, Routledge, Abingdon: pp.157-172. (open access version here)
- (2013) Cook, S. Jography: Exploring the Mobilities of Road-Running [BA Thesis]. University of Plymouth.