Dr Craig Johnston

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Dr Craig Johnston's teaching and research interests lie in the study of youth, justice, exclusion and theories of the social and sociality affecting individuals and communities. His published work held a rating of 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' in REF 2021 and his priority has been to engage in research with a social justice agenda that addresses social inequalities of all kinds and, thus, is currently interested in alternative provision and school exclusion. Craig also has over 25 years' experience working in the fields of Youth Justice, Psychology, Education, Social Work and Health across England, Scotland and USA. In his work with both statutory and non-statutory agencies, Craig has led various multi-disciplinary teams and, in 2015, led a local authority safeguarding team to its first OFSTED good practice award. He has held Doctoral, MA and BA level teaching commitments on Criminology, Education, Youth Work, Human Geography, Sociology and Social Work. 

Craig currently supervises several Doctoral students, has examined Doctoral Vivas (internally and externally) and holds successful Doctoral student completions in a range of fields, such as class and degree apprenticeships, youth exclusion, pedgaogy and masculinity and informal education in statutory settings.

FUNDED RESEARCH External: National Institute for Health Research: £10k- (PI) Young People and Alternative Provision  Coca- Cola /Streegames (Co-I) - £50k Building a Participation Legacy from the London Olympics Internal: (Working) 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

Craig is available for consultancy, training, speaking, and media requests, and is interested to hear from potential PhD students to study aspects across Health, Criminology and Education fields.

Area of expertise

  • Youth, Social-Class, Masculinities, Disability - Intersections 
  • Alternative Provision and School exclusion
  • Children's services
  • Mental Health, Policy, Social Juctice

  • Criminology, Health and Education


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