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Professor Matthew Cook

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Innovation
  • 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 in 2003, Matthew joined the Open University in 2009 and is now Professor of  Innovation.

Research interests

Matthew's research interests are in innovation.  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 innovation to promote smart and more sustainable urban futures

2 Fluid transitions to more sustainable Product Service Systems

3 Inducing, shaping and modulating sustainable innovation journeys in pursuit of circular economies

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.  He is presentation chair of the post graduate module T849 Strategic Capabilities for Technological Innovation.  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, CGI.

 

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 the Swedish Life Sciences University, Uppsala, Sweden, where he is now August T Larsson Visiting Scholar.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Design GroupGroupFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

 

Externally funded projects

OLEV/Innovate UK Feasibility Study Bid

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Jan/201931/Mar/2019Innovate UK
The growth in the use of electric vehicles (EVs) needs to accelerate if the targets to reduce transport’s C02 emissions are to be achieved as well as meeting health standards for city air quality. Some key commercial transport sectors (e.g. taxis, service vehicles and delivery vans) have the potential for rapid EV adoption, but operators in these sectors have shown little interest in EVs, one factor being the need to use wired charging. The provision of wireless charging in cities could help, but for success there is a need for a more in-depth understanding of the culture, practices and business models of businesses in these sectors. The feasibility study would involve reviewing how wireless charging could play a role in possible technical options and business practices/models for taxi and on demand minivan operations in Milton Keynes. Milton Keynes has undertaken a number of EV innovation initiatives that have provided experience and understandings that can be applied elsewhere. A technical review will take place on potential EVs and charging systems, their performance and cost. This will involve an exploration with operators and cab driver/owners to understand what combinations of charging infrastructure would encourage them towards commercial EV operations. Ways to manage risk and appropriate MK Council support actions would form part of the exploration. The feasibility study would provide the technical and business/institutional specification for the main project, which would be the trial implementation and monitoring of the identified combination of wireless charging infrastructure, supporting actions and business model systems for these sectors. The project is led by the company eFIS (Electric Fleet Integrated Services), who has managed the successful introduction of wireless-charged electric buses in Milton Keynes. The other project partners are the Open University, Milton Keynes Council and the University of Warwick.

OLEV/Innovate UK Feasibility Study Bid

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Jan/201931/Mar/2019Innovate UK
The growth in the use of electric vehicles (EVs) needs to accelerate if the targets to reduce transport’s C02 emissions are to be achieved as well as meeting health standards for city air quality. Some key commercial transport sectors (e.g. taxis, service vehicles and delivery vans) have the potential for rapid EV adoption, but operators in these sectors have shown little interest in EVs, one factor being the need to use wired charging. The provision of wireless charging in cities could help, but for success there is a need for a more in-depth understanding of the culture, practices and business models of businesses in these sectors. The feasibility study would involve reviewing how wireless charging could play a role in possible technical options and business practices/models for taxi and on demand minivan operations in Milton Keynes. Milton Keynes has undertaken a number of EV innovation initiatives that have provided experience and understandings that can be applied elsewhere. A technical review will take place on potential EVs and charging systems, their performance and cost. This will involve an exploration with operators and cab driver/owners to understand what combinations of charging infrastructure would encourage them towards commercial EV operations. Ways to manage risk and appropriate MK Council support actions would form part of the exploration. The feasibility study would provide the technical and business/institutional specification for the main project, which would be the trial implementation and monitoring of the identified combination of wireless charging infrastructure, supporting actions and business model systems for these sectors. The project is led by the company eFIS (Electric Fleet Integrated Services), who has managed the successful introduction of wireless-charged electric buses in Milton Keynes. The other project partners are the Open University, Milton Keynes Council and the University of Warwick.

PhD Studentship - Exploring UK energy futures: implications, opportunities and risks

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Feb/201731/Jan/2020CGI Group
The UK electricity sector is at a point of change in response to both internal and external pressures: potential new demands for transport and heat; policies to cut carbon emissions and the resultant increased use of renewables; the development of smart grids and new entrants into the sector. However, exactly how the UK electricity sector will change in response to these stimuli is unclear. Indeed, there could be several futures, creating implications, opportunities and risks for key actors. This PhD explores, with experts in the field, some of these futures and the potential implications they will have for Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) among other key actors.

PhD Studentship - Exploring UK energy futures: implications, opportunities and risks

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Feb/201731/Jan/2020CGI Group
The UK electricity sector is at a point of change in response to both internal and external pressures: potential new demands for transport and heat; policies to cut carbon emissions and the resultant increased use of renewables; the development of smart grids and new entrants into the sector. However, exactly how the UK electricity sector will change in response to these stimuli is unclear. Indeed, there could be several futures, creating implications, opportunities and risks for key actors. This PhD explores, with experts in the field, some of these futures and the potential implications they will have for Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) among other key actors.

Publications

The imagined electric vehicle user: Insights from pioneering and prospective buyers in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom (2019-06-30)
Valdez, A.; Potter, S. and Cook, M.
Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 71 (pp. 85-95)
[Book review] Inside smart cities: place, politics and urban environment (2019-02-27)
Cook, Matthew
Local Environment, 24(6) (pp. 554-555)
Roadmaps to Utopia: Tales of the Smart City (2018-11-01)
Valdez Juarez, Alan; Cook, Matthew and Potter, Stephen
Urban Studies, 55(15) (pp. 3385-3403)
Exploring participatory visions of smart transport in Milton Keynes (2018-06-30)
Valdez Juarez, Alan-Miguel; Cook, Matthew; Potter, Stephen and Langendahl, Per-Anders
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability, 171(4) (pp. 204-210)
Product Service System Innovation in the Smart City (2018-03-01)
Cook, Matthew
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 19(1) (pp. 46-55)
Prototyping sustainable mobility practices: user-generated data in the smart city (2018)
Valdez Juarez, Alan-Miguel; Cook, Matthew; Langendahl, Per-Anders; Roby, Helen and Potter, Stephen
Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 30(2) (pp. 144-157)
Smart Cities: Towards a New Citizenship Regime? A Discourse Analysis of the British Smart City Standard (2017-08-02)
Joss, Simon; Cook, Matthew and Dayot, Youri
Journal of Urban Technology, 24(4) (pp. 29-49)
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, 21(5) (pp. 1370-1379)
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)
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)
Exploring the epistemic politics of urban niche experiments (2019)
Cook, Matthew; Horne, Ralph; Potter, Stephen and Valdez, Alan-Miguel
In: Jensen, Jens Stissing; Cashmore, Matthew and Späth, Philipp eds. The Politics of Urban Sustainability Transitions: Knowledge, Power and Governance. (pp. 125-147)
ISBN : 978-1-138-47965-4 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, Oxon
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 Nov 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 Aug 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 Oct 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 Oct 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)
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)
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)
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 Sep 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 Jun 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 Oct 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, 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 (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 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 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 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 6: Developing Performance Indicators (2008)
Gottberg, Annika and Cook, Matthew
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
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.