Currently Dr Cooke is the Academic Team Leader for the Department of Economics which is located in the Nottingham Business School. His role involves the effective leadership of over 30 full time academics who undertake teaching, research and consultancy activity in the general areas of economics and quantitative methods. The Department is also home for the Economic Strategy Research Bureau which engages primarily in bespoke consultancy activity for private and public sector clients.
In his role, Dr Cooke is responsible for aligning the Economic Department’s activities within the strategic plans of the School and University.
Dr Cooke’s first full time lecturing post was at the University of Nottingham. He subsequently joined Nottingham Trent University (then Trent Polytechnic) in January 1987 having previously worked at the University of Nottingham. He was Head of the School of Social Sciences’ Teaching Quality and Assurance Unit from 1995-2003 with a remit to introduce and to maintain a rigorous system of teaching quality assurance and to promote effective teaching practice. Following the Department of Economics’ transfer from the School of Social Sciences to the Nottingham Business School, Dr Cooke headed up the Economics Department’s newly established consultancy unit, Nottingham Economics, from 2007-11. Dr Cooke took over as Academic Team Leader for the Department of Economics in 2011.
Dr Cooke’s research interests lie in the general area of sports economics. He is currently investigating the competitive characteristics of British football from the late nineteenth century up to World War Two.
Dr Cooke has considerable external examiner experience in both UK and overseas HE institutions. In 2015 he was an external panel member for a Periodic School Review at an HE institution in the Republic of Ireland.
Sponsors and collaborators
Professor David Paton (Nottingham University)
Dr Cooke has contributed to articles for the Nottingham Post and has recently been interviewed by BBC Radio 4 in the broad area of sports economics.