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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 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

  • Social Work
  • Youth Work
  • Mental Health


  • Playwork goes to school: professional (mis)recognition and playwork practice in primary school:Pedagogy, Culture & Society Published Online Dec. 2017 DOI: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 -  Issue 2. ​DOI: read article here
  • ​Article Under Review: Alternative Spaces of 'Failure': Disabled 'bad boys in alternative Further Educational Provision         Disability and Society: 2018
  • Major Research Report: Building a Participation Legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Disadvantaged Areas - sponsored by Coca Cola -  Published Online: read report here    
  • ​Minor Research Report: Developing Play and evaluating Inter-professional practice in a Primary School                                         Published Online: read report here
  • ​​The other side of the bridge: A study of social capital in further education provision for young disabled people.                              PhD Thesis -BURA Respository:read thesis here


  • (2018) New spaces of Failure: Disabled Bad Boys in Alternative Further Educational Provision: Contemporary Childhood Conference: Children in Space, Place and Time, here at the University of Strathclyde on the 6th and 7th September
  • (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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