Vicky Johnson


  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

  • 43 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
1989 …2020

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Research expertise

Dr Vicky Johnson 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.

Dr 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Central Lancashire

1 Sep 20071 Sep 2010

Award Date: 1 Apr 2011

Master of Environmental Science

1 Sep 19871 Sep 1988

Award Date: 1 Nov 1988

Bachelor of Science, University of Sussex

1 Sep 19821 Sep 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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Research Output

Landscapes of Rural Youth Opportunity

Sumberg, J., Chamberlin, J., Flynn, J., Glover, D. & Johnson, V., 1 Feb 2020, In : SSRN Electronic Journal. p. 1-55 55 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 22 Downloads (Pure)

    Landscapes of rural youth opportunities: Paper for IFAD's 2019 Rural Development Report

    Sumberg, J., Chamberlin, J., Flynn, J., Glover, D. & Johnson, V., 2019, 42 p.

    Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

  • Layered and Linking Research Partnerships: Learning from YOUR World Research in Ethiopia and Nepal

    Johnson, V., Admasu, A., Church, A., Healey, J. & Mathema, S., 1 May 2019, In : IDS Bulletin. 50, 1, p. 79-98

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Children’s Participation in Global Contexts: Going Beyond Voice

    Johnson, V. & West, A., 2018, Routledge. 215 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Hesitating at the Door: Youth-led research on realising sexual rights informing organisational approaches

    Johnson, V., 15 Feb 2018, Researching Sex and Sexualities: Methodological reflections. Morris, C. (ed.). London: Zed Books, p. 181-198 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Infancia y adolescecia en el centro: recorridos hacia la centralidad

    Johnson, V., 2018, Impulsar la Participation Infantil: Los conseijos de infancia y adolescenia. Berne, A. L. & Novella Camara, A. M. (eds.). Barcelona: Editorial GRAO, p. 85-96 (Critica Y Fundamentos).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • International Innovative Methods for Engaging Young Children in Research

    Johnson, V., Hart, R. & Colwell, J., 4 Mar 2017, Methodological Approaches: Geographies of Children and Young People. Evans, R. & Holt, L. (eds.). The Hague: Springer, Vol. 2. p. 335-356

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Press / Media

    Trip to University of Brighton inspires Worthing students

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    So what makes us happy?

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    -University of Brighton - SO WHAT MAKES US HAPPY?

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