Vicky Johnson


  • United Kingdom

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1989 …2023

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Vicky Johnson is Professor of Childhood, Youth and Sustainability and Director of the Centre for Living Sustainability. She has over 20 years of experience leading international teams as a Principal Investigator, complimented by her entrepreneurship and multi-stakeholder engagement in the international NGO sector. Research interests include understanding how marginalised people can be supported as agents of change in rapidly changing environmental, political and cultural contexts. She has developed and published papers on a 'change-scape' approach. This supports inclusive, gender sensitive and child and youth centred research that takes into account intergenerational dynamics in communities and their changing landscapes.

Vicky's skills include carrying out creative and participatory action research processes, large-scale qualitative research, linking theory to policy and practice, and gaining research impact through working in partnership with local researchers, service providers and policy makers. Research training and mentoring includes programmes of knowledge exchange across the global North and South.

Recent research projects include: Mapping Child Rights in Community Driven Development (Wellspring Philanthropic Foundation); Youth Uncertainty Rights (YOUR) World Research with marginalised youth in Ethiopia and Nepal (ESRC-DFID's Poverty Alleviation Fund); Engaging Young Children in Research (across global contexts for the Bernard van Leer Foundation); Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health, with case studies in Africa, Asia and Latin America (IPPF); Education in informal settlements in Nairobi (UN Girls' Education Initiative). She has also led action research processes funded by local and regional authorities and regenerational programmes across the UK. 

Lecturing includes: childhood, youth and global development; children's geographies and the anthropology and sociology of childhood; child and human rights; international education; community animation and development; and research methodologies. PhD completions investigated: the local environmental knowledge of fishers in the UK, and migration, education and childhood in Northern Ethiopia. She currently supervises PhD students working on: resilience in the earthquake region of Nepal; decision-making in migration in a drought prone area of Ethiopia; and philanthropic tourism in sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Johnson is an adviser on collaborative programmes of research including: the Research Expert Forum for the Consortium for Street children, an IFAD funded research programme on rural youth opportunities and DFID funded consortia on harmful children's work in sub-Saharan Africa. She is an Honorary Associate for the Institute of Development Studies and on the Board of the childhood research stream of the European Sociological Association and the Pesticide Action Network.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Changing Contexts of Children and Young People’s Participation in Evaluation: Case Studies in Nepal and the UK, University of Central Lancashire

1 Sept 20071 Sept 2010

Award Date: 1 Apr 2011

Master of Environmental Science, MSc (Distinction) Diploma of Imperial College, Environmental Policy, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College, University of London

1 Sept 19871 Sept 1988

Award Date: 1 Nov 1988

Bachelor of Science, Geography , University of Sussex

1 Sept 19821 Sept 1985

Award Date: 1 Aug 1985


  • Society, Identity, Landscape and Knowledge
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • G Geography (General)
  • HM Sociology
  • GN Anthropology
  • L Education (General)


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