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Dr Craig Johnston's teaching and research interests lie in the micro-politics of disability and youth based studies, and theories of the social and sociality affecting individuals and communities. His most recent research includes the role and value of capital in educational settings for young people with disabilities, the volunteering pathways of working-class young people in disadvantaged communities, and professional mis-recognition in statutory settings.

Craig has extensive experience of working within the fields of Psychology, Youth and Community Work, Social Work, and Health and Social Care across England, Scotland and the United States. He held MA and BA teaching commitments at Brunel and Coventry Universities on Education, Youth Work, Social Work, Childhood and Youth and Social Science programmes.

Areas of expertise

  • Youth
  • Social Work/Education
  • Children's Services
  • Mental Health (Abnormal Psych)


Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Alternative Spaces of 'Failure': Disabled 'bad boys' in alternative Further Educational Provision Disability and Society: May 2019
  • Playwork goes to school: professional (mis)recognition and playwork practice in primary school:Pedagogy, Culture & Society Published Online Dec. 2018 Read Article Here
  • Unintended volunteers: the volunteering pathways of working class young people in community sport: International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics  Volume 8, 2016 2.  Read Article Here

International Media

  • Being working class in the academy - Featured article, Times Higher Education: Read feature here

Book Chapters

  • Playwork on the Margins: Routledge (Forthcoming)

Conference contributions

  • (2019) European Sociological Assocation: Sociology in Education, Manchester August
  • (2010 Kaleidoscope of Exclusion, University College London, May
  • (2019) Youth Transitions - University of Stirling, April
  • (2019) Pacific Rim International Conference, Disability and Diversity, March 5th. University of Hawaii. USA
  • (2018) New spaces of Failure: Disabled Bad Boys in Alternative Further Educational Provision: Contemporary Childhood Conference: Children in Space, Place and Time, University of Strathclyde on the 6th and 7th September: Read Abstracts Here
  • (2017) 'They have a bit of banter going on': Professional (mis)recognition, man-to-man chats and play work practice in primary school Gender & Education Association Conference, Middlesex University, London: download full programme here
  • (2017) Professional Misrecognition and Play Work practice in schools: Interdisciplinary Research conference: University of Northampton, Sept. 2017
  • (2017) Responding to adolescent risk: Research in Practice Partnership Conference Good Practice Learning Event: De Vere Venues Colmore Gate, Birmingham University
  • (2016) "Context Matters: Reaching Youth in Disadvantaged Communities" Institute of Youth Sport, Conference, Loughborough University
  • (2016) Youth Transitions in Troubled Times British Sociological Association and the British Library, University of Kent
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