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Dr Craig Johnston's teaching and research interests lie in interdisciplinary practice in statutory settings, the micro-politics of disability, disability and youth studies, and theories of the social and sociality affecting individuals and communities. Prior research includes the role and value of social capital in educational settings for 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

  • Social Work
  • Youth Work
  • Mental Health


  • Unintended volunteers: the volunteering pathways of working class young people in community sport: International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics  Volume 8, 2016 -  Issue 2. ​DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2016.1161654​
  • ​Building a Participation Legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Disadvantaged Areas. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.36240.81921​      
  • ​Developing Play and evaluating Inter-professional practice in a Primary School. 
  • ​​The other side of the bridge: A study of social capital in further education provision for young disabled people. OAI identifier: oai: bura.brunel.ac.uk:2438/5190
  • Under-review article: It's basically like being a teaching assistant': Professional (mis)recognition and play work practice in primary school. Pedagogy, Culture & Society
  • Under-review article: Bad Boys, bodies and dominant masculinities in alternative Further Education: 'a room of our own' Disability and Society


  • (2016) Professional Misrecognition and Play Work practice in schools
  • Interdisciplinary Research conference: University of Northampton, Sept. 2016​
  • (2016) Responding to adolescent risk: Research in Practice Partnership Conference Good Practice Learning Event: De Vere Venues Colmore Gate, Birmingham University
  • (2015) "Context Matters: Reaching Youth in Disadvantaged Communities" Institute of Youth Sport, Conference, Loughborough University
  • (2014) Youth Transitions in Troubled Times
  • British Sociological Association and the British Library, University of Kent
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