Dr Craig Johnston

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About me

Dr Craig Johnston's interests lie in youth justice issues, alternative provision and school exclusion. His published work in those areas held a rating of world leading in REF 2021. Craig has over 30 years' experience in the fields of Youth Justice, Psychology, Education, Social Work and Health in the UK and USA. He has led several multi-agency teams nationally, and internationally, and a subject group lead with Doctoral, Masters and Bachelor level teaching commitments on Criminology, Education, Youth Work, Health, Sociology and Social Work courses at various universities. Craig has also succesfully supervised numerous Doctoral students, and has examined various (both internal and external) vivas. FUNDED RESEARCH: External: National Institute for Health Research: £12k- (PI) Young People and Alternative Provision; Coca- Cola /Streegames (Co-I); £50k Building a Participation Legacy from the London Olympics; Innovation in Teaching and Learning Fund - Class in the classroom £5k. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Editor (Online) Journal of Class and Culture Editorial Board: Youth - Co-Founder/Vice Chair: Alliance of Working Class Academics; Co-founder: Alternative Provision Research Network: Director of Children in ScotlandCraig has also convened national and international conferences; notably, - Social Justice and Alternative Provision (2023)Poverty and Working Class (202/3/4); Class and Culture (2023); Social Barriers and Higher/Education (2023)

Area of expertise

  • Young people, Class, Masculinities, Disability - Intersections;
  • Alternative (Education) Provision and School Exclusion
  • Children's Services -Mental Health, Care Services, Youth Justice, Policy, Social Juctice;
  • General: Criminology, Health and Education
  • Current Doctoral Students
  • Director of Studies – A. Strachan: Does talking really help? An exploration of the experiences and perceptions of therapy among former black male gang members.

     Second Supervisor – K Adams: A Retrospective view of adolescent therapy 


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