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Dr Matthew Cook

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Engineering & Innovation
  • matthew.cook

Professional biography

Prior to academic life, Matthew worked for 11 years as a professional spatial planner specialising in urban regeneration and sustainability.  He returned to university in 1999 as Research Assistant on a UK Government funded project and completed a doctorate in Innovation and Sustainability.  Following an appointment as Lecturer at Cranfield University from 2002 to 2009, Matthew joined the Open University where he is Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Sustainability.

Research interests

Matthew's research interests are in innovation and sustainability.  Drawing on several related literatures (including sciene and technology studies, urban studies, complex systems, transition management and spatial planning) he follows a socio-technical approach to understanding these complex pocesses.  This novel approach recognises the instrumental value of technologies in achieveing desirable outcomes such as imporvements in resource productivity and crucially, the meanings they recreat when combined with the social in various contexts, e.g. firms, urban environments.  His current research fosuses on three main topic areas:

1 Critical perspectives on the governance of innovation to promote more sustainable urban futures

2 Fluid transitions to more sustainable Product Service Systems

3 Inducing, shaping and modulating sustainable innovation journeys, in food and farming sectors in particular

Matthew uses a variety of qualitative research methods in his work including longitudinal case study, ethnography and discourse analysis.

Teaching interests

Matthew's teaching interests are in innovation and sustainability.  He is presentation chair of the module T317 Innovation: Designing for Change.  He is also lead author of a new block concerned with cities and sustainability which will form part of the revised module U116 Environment: Journeys Through a Changing World.

External collaborations

Matthew has worked on both research and teaching projects with a variety of industrial and non-industrial partners including Western Power Distribution, The William Jackson Food Group, Milton Keynes Council, Defra, Taylor Wimpey Homes.

Matthew has strong international links with universities in Northern Europe.  He has worked on complex system approaches to urban planning with Drs Ward Rauws and Terry van Dijk from Groningen University, The Netherlands.  He has a strong relationship around teaching and research projects focused on product service systems in cities with Professor Tim McAloone, Danish Technical University, Denmark.  Finally, he has developed an effective and enduring collaboration on sustainability and innovation in both cities and the food and farming sector with Dr Cecilia Mark Herbert, Swedish Life Sciences University, Uppsala, Sweden.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Design GroupGroupFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

Publications

Prototyping sustainable mobility practices: user-generated data in the smart city (2017-03-07)
Valdez Juarez, Alan-Miguel; Cook, Matthew; Langendahl, Per-Anders; Roby, Helen and Potter, Stephen
Technology Analysis & Strategic Management ((Early Access))
Consuming use orientated product service systems: A consumer culture theory perspective (2017-01-10)
Catulli, Maurizio; Cook, Matthew and Potter, Stephen
Journal of Cleaner Production, 141 (pp. 1186-1193)
Cycling through Dark Space: Apprehending the Landscape Otherwise (2017)
Cook, Matthew and Edensor, Tim
Mobilities, 12(1) (pp. 1-19)
Product Service Systems Users and Harley Davidson Riders: the importance of consumer identity in the diffusion of sustainable consumption solutions (2017)
Catulli, Maurizio; Cook, Matthew and Potter, Stephen
Journal of Industrial Ecology ((in press))
Smart Cities: Towards a New Citizenship Regime? A Discourse Analysis of the British Smart City Standard (2017)
Joss, Simon; Cook, Matthew and Dayot, Youri
Journal of Urban Technology ((In Press))
Governing effective and legitimate smart grid developments (2016-08)
Langendahl, Per-Anders; Cook, Matthew; Potter, Stephen; Roby, Helen and Collins, Trevor
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Energy, 169(3) (pp. 102-109)
Sustainable innovation journeys: exploring the dynamics of firm practices as part of transitions to more sustainable food and farming (2016)
Langendahl, Per-Anders; Cook, Matthew and Potter, Stephen
Local Environment, 21(1) (pp. 105-123)
Exploring participatory visions of smart transport in Milton Keynes (2015)
Valdez Juarez, Alan-Miguel; Cook, Matthew; Potter, Stephen and Langendahl, Per-Anders
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability (Early access)
Fluid transitions to more sustainable product service systems (2014-09)
Cook, M.
Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 12 (pp. 1-13)
How to Make Development Plans Suitable for Volatile Contexts (2014-03)
Rauws, W.S.; Cook, M. and van Dijk, T.
Planning Practice and Research, 29(2) (pp. 133-151)
Critical Reflections on Designing Product Service Systems (2013-12)
Dewberry, E. L.; Cook, M; Gottberg, A; Longhurst, P. J. and Angus, A
The Design Journal, 16(4) (pp. 408-430)
Retrofitting homes for energy efficiency: an integrated approach to innovation in the low carbon overhaul of social housing (2012-10)
Crilly, Michael; Lemon, Mark; Wright, Andrew J.; Cook, Matthew B. and Shaw, David
Energy and Environment, 23(6-7) (pp. 1027-1056)
Receptivity to the production of product service systems in the UK construction and manufacturing sectors: a comparative analysis (2012-09)
Cook, M.; Gottberg, A.; Angus, A. and Longhurst, P.
Journal of Cleaner Production, 32 (pp. 61-70)
Financial appraisal of wet mesophilic AD technology as a renewable energy and waste management technology (2011-06-01)
Dolan, T.; Cook, M. B. and Angus, A. J.
Science of the Total Environment, 409(13) (pp. 2460-2466)
Looking in or looking out? top-down change and operational capability (2011)
Lemon, Mark; Craig, John and Cook, Matthew
Historical Social Research, 36(1) (pp. 143-159)
Exploring the potential of product service systems to achieve household waste prevention on new housing developments in the UK (2010-03)
Gottberg, Annika; Longhurst, Phillip J. and Cook, Matthew B.
Waste Management and Research, 28(3) (pp. 228-235)
The contested concept of sustainable aviation (2009-11)
Walker, S. and Cook, M.
Sustainable Development, 17(6) (pp. 378-390)
Application of an ecosystem function framework to perceptions of community woodlands (2009-07)
Abenyenga, Olivia; Burgess, Paul J.; Cook, Matthew and Morris, Joe
Land Use Policy, 26(3) (pp. 551-557)
Towards a contemporary approach for understanding consumer behaviour in the context of domestic energy use (2007-08)
Faeirs, Adam; Cook, Matt and Neame, Charles
Energy Policy, 35(8) (pp. 4381-4390)
Toward a sociology of reuse: deconstructing the milkbottle (2007)
Vaughan, Paul; Cook, Matthew and Trawick, Paul
Sociologia Ruralis, 47(2) (pp. 120-134)
The adoption of domestic solar power systems: do consumers assess product attributes in a stepwise process? (2007)
Faeirs, Adam; Neame, Charles and Cook, Matt
Energy Policy, 35(6) (pp. 3418-3423)
Service orientated product innovation for improved environmental performance: an exploratory case study of the air conditioning and cooling sector (2006-09-01)
Cook, Matthew; Maggs, Huw; Neame, Charles and Lemon, Mark
Environmental Sciences, 3(3) (pp. 193-206)
Producer responsibility, waste minimisation and the WEEE Directive: case studies in eco-design from the European lighting sector (2006-04-15)
Gottberg, Annika; Morris, Joe; Pollard, Simon; Mark-Herbert, Cecilia and Cook, Matthew
Science of the Total Environment, 359 (pp. 38-56)
Transfer and application of product service systems: from academia to UK manufacturing firms (2006)
Cook, M. B.; Bhamra, T. A. and Lemon, M.
Journal of Cleaner Production, 14(17) (pp. 1455-1465)
Moving from eco-products to eco-services (2001)
Bhamra, T.; Evans , S.; Zwan, F. van der and Cook, M.
Journal of Design Research, 1(2)
Policy design: a new area of design research and practice. (2013-12)
Johnson, Jeffrey and Cook, Matthew
In: Aiguier, Marc; Boulanger, Frédéric; Krob, Daniel and Clotilde, Marchal eds. Complex Systems in Design and Management (pp. 51-62)
ISBN : 978-3-319-02811-8 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Heidelberg
Understanding the potential opportunities provided by service orientated concepts to improve resource productivity (2004-09)
Cook, M.
In: Bhamra, Tracy and Hon, Bernard eds. Design and Manufacture for Sustainable Development 2004 (pp. 123-134)
ISBN : 9781860584701 | Publisher : Professional Engineering Publishing Limited | Published : Bury St. Edmonds, UK
Exploring the role of intermediaries in smart grid developments (2015-11-10)
Cook, Matthew; Potter, Stephen; Langendahl, Per-Anders; Roby, Helen; Collins, Trevor and Taylor, Dan
In : Sustainable Innovation 2015 (9 - 10 November 2015, Epsom, Surrey)
Governance in niche development for a transition to a new mobility regime (2015-08-17)
Potter, Stephen; Valdez, Alan; Cook, Matthew and Langendahl, Per-Anders
In : International Sustainability Conference 2015 (25-28 August 2015, University of Sussex)
Transport and environmental innovation (2011-10)
Potter, Stephen; Roby, Helen; Cook, Matthew and Langendahl, Per-Anders
In : Sustainable Innovation 11 'State of the Art in Sustainable Innovation and Design' (24 - 25 October 2011, Farnham, Surrey)
Transport and environmental innovation (2010-10)
Potter, Stephen; Roby, Helen; Cook, Matthew and Langendahl, Per-Anders
In : ‘State of the Art’ in Sustainable Innovation and Design (24-25 October 2011, Farnham, UK)
Exploring a case of the eco-innovation journey in the UK food processing sector (2010-09)
Langendahl, Per-Anders; Cook, Matthew and Potter, Stephen
In : EASST Conference 2010 (02-04 Sep 2010, Trento, Italy)
Sustainable urban design experiments (2010)
Cook, Matthew
In : ECCS 10 European Conference on Complex Systems (13-17 Sep 2010, Lisbon, Portugal)
Analysing the eco-innovation process in a UK food processing firm (2010)
Langendahl, Per-Anders; Cook, Matthew and Potter, Stephen
In : 15th International Conference Sustainable Innovation 2010 (8-9 Nov 2010, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Critical reflections on the performativity of transition frameworks in the making and remaking of places experienced as urban (2010)
Cook, Matthew and Potter, Stephen
In : EASST Conference 2010 (2-4 Sep 2010, Trento, Italy)
Implementation of the Water Framework Directive as a sociable process in spatial planning (2009)
Cvejic, R.; Cook, M. and White, S.
In : 8th International Conference of the European Society of Ecological Economics (29 Jun - 2 Jul 2009, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Measuring farmers’ preference for systems that improve agrochemical traceability (2008)
Gasparin, C. P.; Angus, A.; Cook, M.; Peets, A.; Blackburn, D. and Godwin, R.
In : 9th Conference on Precision Agriculture (20-23 Jul 2008)
Satisfying household demand using services instead of material products to achieve household waste prevention (2006)
Gottberg, A.; Cook, M.; Morris, J.; Angus , A. and Longhurst, P.
In : Waste 2006: Sustainable Waste and Resource Management (19-21 Sept 2006, Warwick, UK)
The transfer and application of sustainable product service Systems in UK manufacturing companies (2004)
Cook, Matthew B. and Bhamra, Tracy
In : 2nd SusProNet Conference (3 - 4 June 2004, Brussels, Belgium)
Evolutionary perspectives on adoption of the eco-service concept (2002)
Cook, M. B. and Bhamra, T. A.
In : Towards Sustainable Product Design 7th International Conference (28-29 October 2002, London, U.K.)
Eco-services: a model for the diffusion of service orientated concepts in a local economy (2001)
Cook, Matthew and Bhamra, T. A.
In : Business and Environment Conference (Spring 2001, Cardiff, Wales)
Achieving Household Waste Prevention Through Product Service Systems (2008)
Cook, Matthew; Gottberg, Annika; Angus, Andrew; Longhurst, Philip and Morris, Joe
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Achieving Household Waste Prevention Through Product Service Systems, Technical Report 2: Developing Experimental Product Service Systems (2008)
Gottberg, Annika; Dewberry, Emma; Maggs, Huw and Cook, Matthew
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Achieving Household Waste Prevention Through Product Service Systems, Technical Report 4: Social and Economic Assessment (2008)
Angus, Andrew; Gottberg, Annika; Cook, Matthew and Morris, Joe
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Achieving Household Waste Prevention Through Product Service Systems, Technical Report 7: Prospective Case Studies (2008)
Gottberg, Annika; Cook, Matthew and Longhurst, Philip
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Achieving Household Waste Prevention Through Product Service Systems, Technical Report 5: Institutional and Policy Review (2008)
Cook, Matthew and Gottberg, Annika
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Achieving Household Waste Prevention Through Product Service Systems, Technical Report 1: Developing an Analytical Framework (2008)
Gottberg, Annika and Cook, Matthew
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Achieving Household Waste Prevention Through Product Service Systems, Technical Report 3: Environmental and Waste Prevention assessment (2008)
Gottberg, Annika and Cook, Matthew
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Achieving Household Waste Prevention Through Product Service Systems, Technical Report 6: Developing Performance Indicators (2008)
Gottberg, Annika and Cook, Matthew
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Memorandum by Cranfield University, Centre for Resource Efficiency and Management, written evidence submitted to the House of Lords Science and Technology Sub-Committee Inquiry into Waste Reduction, evidence of 11th December 2007 (presented by S.J.T. Pollard) (2007)
Longhurst, Philip; Pollard, Simon and Cook, Matthew
House of Lords Science and Technology Sub-Committee, London.

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