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Ronnie Hughes

Postgraduate Research Student 

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology 


Ronnie obtained his first degree at the University of Liverpool’s School of Sociology back in the 1970s and has returned here now after careers in housing and then community activist work, to carry out his postgraduate research work into the effects and impact of some of the practical lessons learned during his Life’s work.


Ronnie’s research is centred around the uses of utopianism in neighbourhoods and localities. Particularly focussing on his own lived experiences within Liverpool at Granby 4 Streets and also over at Port Sunlight, the nineteenth century Wirral factory village.

Research summary

His research is examining how utopianism might work best as a local method for individuals and communities attempting to create better lives for themselves in better places. Building on the work of leading utopian Ruth Levitas in her final book “Utopia as method” and on his own work and lived experiences as an activist and academic in and around Liverpool, focussing particularly on his two comparative empirical locations that can both be considered utopian in their very
different ways.

Dates of Study

PhD Start Date: September 2019
PhD Completion Date: September 2023