Tom Baker

Tom is a lecturer in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Tom’s research focuses on the making and implementation of social policy. He is particularly interested in the mobility of policy ideas and the globalising consciousness that pervades policy work. His research aims to understand how people and institutions come to know the ‘policy world’ and how that knowledge shapes thinking about social problems and potential responses.

Email: t.baker [at]

Twitter: @tom_a_baker

Researchgate profile here

Ian Cook 

Ian is a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences in the Department of Social Sciences at Northumbria University.

Ian’s primary research interests are in policy mobilities and policy tourism, and how these are performed within the policy domains of urban development and regeneration as well as prostitution. He completed his PhD at the School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, which focused on the emergence of Business Improvement Districts in England. He has since had work published in journals such as European Urban and Regional Studies; Gender, Place and Culture; Geography Compass; Urban Geography and Urban Studies.

Email: ian.cook [at]

Researchgate profile here

Matthew Lane

Matthew Lane is a PhD student in the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University.

Matt’s research focuses on sustainable urban development as part of global networks of policy and practice. Particularly concerned with how the cities of Southern Africa access and ground global policies and ‘best practices’, his fieldwork examines sustainable master planning in Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. Matt is interested in researching the structural forces that lead to sustainability policy being adopted in cities of the global south, as well as utilising a post-colonial lens to deconstruct the way in which policies are grounded through multiple and contested rationalities.

Eugene McCann

Eugene is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Chair at the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Eugene’s research interests are in urban policy transfer, the relationships between urbanization and globalization, urban drug policy, urban development, and urban politics, specifically the spatial practices and political strategies of groups involved in producing urban policies.  His work has appeared in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Antipode, Environment & Planning A, Environment & Planning D: Society & Space, Geoforum, Professional Geographer, Social & Cultural Geography, Urban Geography, and Urban Studies.

Email: emccann [at]

Twitter: @ejmccann

Sergio Montero

Sergio Montero is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Development in CIDER (Interdisciplinary Center for Development Studies) at the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.

Sergio’s interests are in the politics and governance of urban and regional planning, the construction and global circulation of urban policy models, and local and regional economic development policy with an emphasis in Latin American cities and regions. His research on policy mobilities critically examines the local and transnational actors, networks and agendas behind the construction and global circulation of Bogotá as a world policy model in sustainable urban transportation. While the Bogotá model –and more specifically Ciclovía car-free program and Transmilenio BRT- has been referenced by more than 300 cities in the global South, Sergio’s research reveals the friction between local and transnational agendas shaping the apparent South-South circulations of Bogotá’s transportation policies, particularly the increasing interest of international development banks and global philanthropy in intervening in South-South and inter-city policy learning processes.

Email: s.montero [at]

Twitter: @sergemont

Researchgate profile here

Russell Prince

Russell is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, New Zealand.

Russell is interested in the rapid global spread of policies that claimed to act or through some aspect of human creativity. He is particularly interested in the technical dimensions of these policies, and the role these have had in making ‘creativity’ policy mobile. Linked to this, his research also examines the role of expertise in developing and moving policy across space. He has published on this research in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Progress in Human Geography and Sociology, amongst others.

Email:  r.j.prince [at]

Researchgate profile here

Elizabeth Rapoport

Elizabeth is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the City Leadership Initiative at University College London.

Elizabeth’s research interests are in urban sustainability, the international exchange of ideas in the field of urban planning and design, and the role of private sector consultants in contemporary urban planning. Her doctoral research “Sustainability in motion: global consultants and the international travels of the sustainable masterplan” focused on the industry of consultants involved in the design of large scale sustainable urban projects worldwide, and the role these actors play in shaping discourses and understandings of urban sustainability. Among the objectives of her research is to apply the practical and theoretical insights of recent work on policy mobilities to design – oriented models of urban planning.

Cristina Temenos

Cristina is ab Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester.

Cristina’s research interests are in policy mobilities, urban social movements, and the politics and practices of public health.  Her PhD research engages these interests through a focus on the geographies of harm reduction drug policy in cities in Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. Cristina is interested in the ways that social movements produce and mobilize knowledge about health and human rights to advocate for policy change in cities, and the ways that policy mobilities (re)shape cities.

Email: cristina.temenos [at]

Twitter: @ctemenos 

Kevin Ward

Kevin is a Professor of Human Geography in the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester.

Kevin’s research on policy mobilities focuses on a variety of empirical themes including Business Improvement Districts and Tax Increment Financing. This work brings into conversation work on urban political economy with that on relational geographies, with the ambition being to produce a conceptualisation of urban policy and politics that is sensitive both to the in-place politics of urban development and to the global relational geographies which characterize the circuits in and through which expertise, knowledge and truth are represented. Kevin’s wider work looks at issues of urban political economy, state restructuring, and the politics of urban redevelopment for just over a decade, and published a number of book chapters, journal articles and books on the subject.

Email: kevin.ward [at]

Helen Wilson

Helen is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester. 

Helen’s interests concern the mobility of policies and projects of community-intervention, particularly in relation to intercultural dialogue, diversity training and the prevention of violence. Specifically, this work focuses on the circulation of US models of best practice within Europe and further afield and is linked with Helen’s wider interests in European multiculturalism, the geographies of encounter and questions concerning the challenges of living with difference. She has published work in journals such as Environment and Planning A,Geoforum and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

Email: helen.f.wilson [at]

Astrid Wood 

Astrid is a Lecturer in Economic Geography in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University.

Astrid’s research interests are in policy mobilities, South African urban development and the circulation of bus rapid transit. Her PhD research Peripatetic Planning: Tracing the Mobility of Bus Rapid Transit through South African Cities explored how and why cities adopt circulated ideas focusing on the material mobility, policy mobilizers, conducive context and fertile ground as elements of the process. Astrid’s research is at the intersection between policy circulation and policy adoption, with a focus on the politics and practices of urban policymaking and best practice circulation. Astrid’s personal website can be found here.

Email: astrid.wood [at]