Peter Cook grew up in Toodyay in rural Western Australia. He has a BA, MA and PhD in communication studies, and was awarded two Canadian Commonwealth Scholarships for post-graduate study at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Peter has worked variously as a beekeeper, university lecturer, public policy researcher, digital media project manager and senior executive in the non-profit sector. He has been involved over many years in environment-related campaigns including uranium mining, nuclear weapons, forests, energy and climate. He is coordinator of the SPA discussion paper series.