Dr Craig Johnston

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About me

Dr Craig Johnston's teaching and research interests lie in the study of youth justice, alternative school provision (exclusion) and the social and sociality affecting individuals and communities. His published work held a rating of world leading in REF 2021, with a priority to engage in research with a social justice agenda. Craig also has over 25 years' work experience in and beyond the fields of Youth Justice, Psychology, Education, Social Work and Health in the UK and USA. He has held Doctoral, Masters and Bachelors level teaching commitments on Criminology, Education, Youth Work, Health, Sociology and Social Work at various universities, and been nominated for numerous teaching and student satisfaction awards. Craig has also supervised several Doctoral students to successful completions, and has examined numerous (internal and external) Vivas. He is now available to speak with prospective students on and beyond the areas of expertise below. 

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 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 has convened several national and international conferences; notably, - Social Justice and Alternative Provision (2023)(2022)Poverty and Working Class (2022); (Intersectionality and Class 2023)Class and Culture (2023) and Social Barriers and Higher/Education, Bristol (2023)

Area of expertise

  • Youth, 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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