Dr Paul David Luke

Dr Paul David Luke

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Teaching Associate

Contact details

Dept of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, UK
B15 2TT

Dr Paul Luke is a Teaching Associate at the University of Birmingham where he teaches on Social Policy and Sociology. His research focuses on contemporary debates in the UK welfare state, on (Universal) Basic Income as a policy debate, and on utopia as a methodological tool of sociology.


  • PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, 2020
  • MA in International Studies, Oxford Brookes, 2014
  • BA in Politics (with Law), London Metropolitan, 2010


Dr Paul Luke completed his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds in March 2020. He took up the role of Teaching Associate in Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology at University of Birmingham in October 2021.

Prior to his PhD, he studied at Oxford Brookes, completing an MA in International Studies in September 2014, and completed (as a mature student) a BA in Politics (with Law) at London Metropolitan University in 2010. Paul has worked in a variety of non-academic roles prior to, and in-between, periods of academic study, including as an assistant department manager in a busy supermarket, as an inventory controller in a major library relocation, and in telecom sales, as well as being the treasurer of a small charity.


  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Philosophies of Welfare


Research interests

  • Cryptocurrency and Basic Income
  • Utopia, particularly environmental/sustainability utopia
  • Utopia as methodology
  • Basic Income policy debate in the UK (and more broadly)
  • International transmission of policy ideas and debates

Current projects

Is Basic Income deliverable through cryptocurrency: an analysis of cryptocurrency projects focused on Basic Income.

Disciplining the left: media reactions to Green Party polling gains in the UK.

Other activities

Dr Paul Luke is a Life Member of the Basic Income Earth Network.