Sustainable and Resilient Cities: Liverpool Podcasts

As well as socially working on our respective PhDs Abi O’Connor and I are now producing a series of podcasts together for the University of Liverpool. Exploring how postgraduates like ourselves are responding to the Covid crisis in ways where the things we research can be of practical and local use, as the Liverpool City […]

From The Sunlight Garden

This place is my education, my university, my refuge, my respite, my sunlight and my holiday, in this strangest of all the years of my life. When I enter it I breathe easily, knowing that here at least all is well and will be well. Since March I’ve been working here most of the days. […]

Peeling Back the Busyness

Some thoughts about afterwards, for when we get there. Not that I think this is over, not for a minute, but I keep thinking about ‘afterwards’ and what could make it better than before. It’s kind of my job, as someone who spends so much of his time these days studying sociology, to talk about […]

Walking and Writing: Sociology During a Pandemic

When all these benches were constructed, deep in the Christmas dark, I wondered who might come and sit on them, here at the University outside the Eleanor Rathbone Building? Especially with Abercromby Square and its Cathedral view so close by. Well I’m the answer and virus-closed Abercromby Square is the reason. The view here’s not […]

To Granby: On a Utopian Morning

This was a utopian morningPast the housing place I worked in all that time ago,Walking with my university friends,Strikers all.Across where the M62 didn’t arrive in LiverpoolYet blighted what it didn’t touch.Daffodils in the shiny winter rainLighting up the reciting of the ancient words of Shelter,Words like trouble and disaster.But this was not disaster, not […]

Eleanor’s House

Over the last couple of years I’ve been watching Eleanor’s House. Taking photographs occasionally as I’ve passed, on my way to Sarah’s allotment on Greenbank Lane or just out, walking in Liverpool. The house means a lot to me as it’s where my political and social inspiration, Eleanor Rathbone, used to live. But the house […]