People

Nicole Cook

POSITION: Lecturer in Human Geography
OFFICE: Bldg 41, Room 249
PHONE: +61 2 4221 3876
EMAIL: ncook@uow.edu.au

Education

  • PhD (Macquarie University)
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching (RMIT)
  • BSc(Hons) (The University of Sydney)

Previous Positions

  • Lecturer, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne
  • Lecturer, Environment and Planning, RMIT University

Research Interests and Expertise

  • Urban Geography, Social Movements, Planning, Housing/Home, Post-structural Theories

Publications

Academic Publications

Edited books
  • Cook, N. Davison, A. and Crabtree, L. (2016) Housing and Home Unbound: Intersections in economics, politics and environment in Australia. Routledge: Oxon Scholarly book chapters
  • Cook, N. (2016) ‘Performing housing affordability: social movements, housing policy and the virtual city’ in Cook et al. (eds) Housing and Home Unbound: Intersections in economics, politics and environment in Australia. Routledge: Oxon
  • Cook, N. Davison A. Crabtree, L. (2016) ‘The Politics of Housing and Home’ in Cook et al. 2015. Housing and Home Unbound: Intersections in economics, politics and environment in Australia. Routledge: Oxon
  • Cook N., Taylor E. Hurley J. (2014) Competing Processes of Border-making: Compact City Planning and Resident’s Everyday Territorialisation of Home" in Steele, Alizadeh, Eslami-Andargoli and Serrao-Neumann (eds) Planning Across Borders in a Climate of Change Routledge.
  • Cook, N. & Harder, S (2013) ‘By accident or design? Peri-urban planning and the protection of productive land on the urban fringe’ in Farmar-Bowers. Q, Higgins, V and Millar, J (eds) Food Security in Australia: challenges and prospects for the future Springer
Journal articles
  • Taylor, E. Cook, N. Hurley, J. (2016) ‘Do objections count? Estimating the influence of residents on housing development assessment in Melbourne’ Urban Policy and Research Published online 8 March 2016 DOI:10.1080/08111146.2015.1081845
  • Cook, N., Taylor, E J. and Hurley, J. (2013) At home with strategic planning: reconciling residents’ everyday territorialisation/s of home with policies and practices of residential densification. Australian Planner 50(2): 130-137
  • Cook, N. Smith SJ., and Searle BA. (2013) Debted Objects: Homemaking in an Era of Mortgage-Enabled Consumption Housing Theory and Society 30(3) 293-311
  • Cook N, Smith S J, Searle BA (2009) ‘Mortgage markets and cultures of consumption’, Journal of Consumption, Markets and Culture. 12 2: 133–154
  • Smith S J, Searle B A and Cook N (2009) ‘Rethinking the risks of home ownership’, Journal of Social Policy. Vol 38 83-102
  • Searle, B A, Smith S J and Cook N (2009) ‘From housing wealth to well-being?’, Journal of Sociology, Health and Illness. 31 (1) 112–127
  • Cook N (2009) ‘It’s good to talk: performing and recording the telephone interview’, Area. 41 2: 176-185
  • Cook N and Ruming K (2008) ‘On the fringe of neoliberalism: residential development in outer suburban Sydney’ Australian Geographer 39 2 211-228
  • Anderson P, Cook N and Marceau J (2004) ‘Dynamic innovation strategies and stable networks in the construction industry. Implanting solar energy projects in the Sydney Olympic Village’ Journal of Business Research 57 (4) pp 351-360.
Book reviews
  • Cook, N (2017): Sustainability Citizenship in Cities: Theory and Practice, Urban Policy and Research, DOI: 10.1080/08111146.2017.1313407

Non-Academic Publications

Major funders’ reports
  • Cook, N., Hughes, R. Taylor E., Livesley S, Davern. M. (2015). Shading Liveable Cities: exploring the ecological, financial and regulatory dimensions of the urban tree canopy Carlton Connect Initiative [67 pages]
  • Cook, N. Taylor, E., Hurley, J. Colic-Peisker, V. (2012b) Resident third party objections and appeals against planning applications: implications for higher density and social housing AHURI Final Report Melbourne [international peer review, 100 pages]
  • Cook, N. Taylor, E., Hurley, J. Colic-Peisker, V. (2012a) Resident third party objections and appeals against planning applications: implications for higher density and social housing AHURI Positioning Paper Melbourne [international peer review, 40 pages]
  • Smith, SJ, Searle, BA, Cook, N. 2007. Banking on housing; spending the home End of Award Report (www. esrc. ac. uk)

Research Grants

2014: Shading liveable cities: exploring the ecological, financial and regulatory dimensions of urban tree cover to support housing, planning and urban development professionals incorporate trees into urban development processes
$14,290

2014: Caring Canopies: mobility, engagement and health in greening diverse communities
$2,000

2013: Integrating current web-based socio-spatial data with existing LMS, lecture capture, tutorials and assessment to develop immersive learning experiences in the social sciences
$15,000

2011: Resident third party objections and appeals against planning applications: implications for medium density and social housing’
$93,389

Teaching

  • Co-Ordinator, Lecturer and Tutorial Coordination Human Geography: Life in a Globalising World (1st year Geography)
  • Course Co-ordinator The Future of Food (2nd Year Geography)
  • Guest Lecturer, Sustainable Cities (2nd Year Geography)

Research Student Supervision

Future Students

I am interested in supervising research students working on the following topics:

  • Social movements and social and/or environmental justice (health also considered depending on the project)
    • What is unique about direct action?
    • Materiality and social movements
    • The nexus between social movements and policy innovation
  • Housing and home
    • Strategic planning, housing and participation
    • Cultural dimensions of home
    • Housing wealth and debt
  • Cities, urban restructuring, social and economic change
    • Power and politics in urban development and planning processes
    • Green cities (planning/transport/food) and social justice
    • Financial dimensions of low-carbon cities
Current Students
  • Ms Thea Hewitt
Past Students
  • Dr Sarah Taylor (PhD)
  • Jane Marriot (MSc)
  • Ryan Lim (MSc)
  • Paris Hadfield (Hons)
  • Thea Hewitt (Hons)
  • Cael Leskovec (Hons)
  • Stephanie Harder (Hons)
  • Steven Le (Hons)
  • Kate Blaylock (Hons)

Research Presentations

Coordination
  • 2017 “The Financialisation of Housing and Australian Cities”  Session Co-Convenor, Institution of Australian Geographers’ Conference Brisbane
  • 2017 “Organisations Expanding the Boundaries of Citizenship” Session Co-Convenor, Institution of Australian Geographers’ Conference Brisbane
  • 2016 “Post-political? Workshop Co-Convenor, Urban Theory Symposium Urban Geography Study Group, Western Sydney University
  • 2016 Co-convenor, “Urban Theory Symposium: “Urban Citizenship and Participation – is there a crisis?” Western Sydney University, Parramatta
  • 2015 “New Directions in Urban Geography” Session Co-Convenor, Institution of Australian Geographers’ Conference, Canberra,
  • 2015 “Urban Geography Study Group Postgraduate Workshop” Co-Convenor Institution of Australian Geographers’ Conference, Canberra
  • 2014 “Urban Geography Study Group Postgraduate Workshop” Co-Convenor Institution of Australian Geographers’ Conference, Melbourne
  • 2014 “Shading Liveable Cities: Shading Liveable Cities: Exploring the ecological, financial and regulatory dimensions of urban tree cover to support housing, planning, and urban development professionals incorporate trees into urban development processes” Workshop Co-Convenor, Carlton Connect, The University of Melbourne
  • 2014 “Unbounding Housing and Home” Session Co-Convenor, Institution of Australian Geographers’ Conference, Melbourne
Recent Conference and Workshop Papers
  • 2017 Cook, N. “The virtual city: Sydney’s Green Bans as a makeshift planning department” Association of American Geographers Conference, Boston
  • 2017 Cook, N. and Ruming K. “Situating resident attachments to home in objection to higher density housing” Institution of Australian Geographers Conference, Brisbane
  • 2017 Cook, N. and Wiesel, I “Are urban development and densification patterns aligned with infrastructure funding allocation? Examining data from Melbourne and Sydney 1990-2016” State of Australian Cities Conference, Adelaide
  • 2016 Cook, N. ‘Material Politics of Urban Social Movements’ Diverse Urban Cultures in the Anthropocene Deakin University
  • 2016 Cook, N. ‘Non-hierarchical alliances: forging relationships beyond traditional boundaries of ‘civil society’ for an effective urban politics’ Inaugural Urban Theory Symposium, Western Sydney University
  • 2015 Cook, N. ‘Participatory planning and the subject of the resident objector: a Foucauldian perspective’ Institution of Australian Geographers’ Annual Conference, Canberra
  • 2015 Cook, N. ‘Emergence and urban assemblage: the concept of the new in urban geographical research’ Institution of Australian Geographers’ Annual Conference, Canberra
  • 2015 Cook, N. ‘Emergence in cities: social movements, activism and space’ Paper presented at Australian Cities; Urban Geographies Workshop, Melbourne
  • 2015 Cook, N. and Hughes. R “Shading Liveable Cities: exploring the ecological, financial and regulatory dimensions of the urban tree canopy” State of Australian Cities, Goldcoas
  • 2014 Cook, N. “Shading Liveable Cities: Shading Liveable Cities: Exploring the ecological, financial and regulatory dimensions of urban tree cover to support housing, planning, and urban development professionals incorporate trees into urban development processes” Carlton Connect
  • 2014 Cook, N., Crabtree, L., Davison, D. (Un)bounding housing and home: economy, environment, politics Paper Presented at the Annual Conference of the Institution of Australian Geographers Melbourne
  • 2013 Cook, N Taylor E Hurley J ‘At home with strategic planning: the implications of resident attachments to home in the context of contemporary urban planning and housing policy’ Institution of Australian Geographers’ Annual Conference Perth.
  • 2013 Cook, N and Taylor E ‘Restructuring participation: resident objection to compact city planning in low-density suburbs’ Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Los Angeles.
  • 2012 Cook N, Hurley J, Taylor, E  ‘Developing participatory planning approaches in the context of higher density housing in Australian cities’ Governing City Futures. University of Western Sydney, Sydney.
  • 2012 Taylor, E. Hurley, J and Cook N. Spatial patterns in residential planning permits in Melbourne: applications, objections, appeals, and ‘fast tracking’ 6th Australasian Housing Researchers’ Conference, Adelaide, South Australia
Invited Departmental Seminars
  • 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Symposium “‘Sustainable cities: rethinking the citizen’”, University of Wollongong
  • 2017 Feminist Research Network Seminar, “Three things I’ve learnt as a Feminister Researcher”, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Wollongong
  • 2015 Geography Seminar Series “Urban assemblage, policy innovation and the concept of "the new”, The University of Melbourne

Awards and Honours

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne 2015.

 

Last reviewed: 7 August, 2017

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