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Victoria Cook


Research Associate

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+ 44 (0)1223 767539


  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of Oxford
  • PGCE Secondary Geography, University of Cambridge
  • MA Human Geography, University of Leeds
  • PhD Geography, University of Leeds

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

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Victoria is a Research Associate on the DiDiAC project, investigating the use of digital technology to support classroom dialogue. Funded by the Research Council of Norway (2016-2020), and undertaken in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Oslo, DiDiAC utilises dialogic classroom strategies and a micro-blogging tool (TalkWall) to develop 21st century skills in schools.

Prior to joining the Faculty in 2016, Victoria worked as a secondary school geography teacher.

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Research Topics

  • Dialogue and technology
  • Geography and critical thinking
  • Fieldwork and outdoor learning in schools

Current Research Project(s)

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Principal and Recent Publications

Cook, V. (2015) From the archive: fieldwork past and present. Teaching Geography, 40, 125.

Cook, V. (2012) Conceptualising “risk”. Teaching Geography, 37, 54-56.

Cook, V. (2011) The origins and development of geography fieldwork in British schools. Geography, 96, 69-74.

Cook, V. (2011) “The teachers seemed a bit obsessive with health and safety”: fieldwork risk and the social construction of childhood in Geographies of children, youth and families: an international perspective. London, Routledge, 279-291.

Cook, V. & Hemming, P. (2011) Embodied dimensions and dynamics of education spaces. Social and Cultural Geography, 12, 1-8.

Cook, V. (2008) The field as a “pedagogical resource”? A critical analysis of students' affective engagement with the field environment. Environmental Education Research, 14, 507-517.

Cook, V. (2008) Year 9 students' perceptions of geography fieldwork. Teaching Geography, 33, 72-74.

Dickinson, J., Andrucki, M. J., Rawlins, E., Hale, D. & Cook, V. (2008) Introduction: geographies of everyday citizenship. ACME, 7, 100-112.

Cook, V. (2007) The role and value of fieldwork (

Cook, V. (2007) Review of Childhood and Society: An Introduction to the Sociology of Childhood, Wyness (2006). Children's Geographies, 5, 190-192.

Cook, V., Phillips, D. & Holden, J. (2006) Geography fieldwork in a “risk society”. Area, 38, 413-420. Reprinted in Area (40) VIRTUAL ISSUE: Methods in Geography: New Perspectives, February 2008.