Dr Philip Johnson

I have been employed as a lecturer in the College’s higher education provision since 1995 and gained my PhD in Applied Social Science (Lancaster) in 2009. I research various aspects of community sentencing and some of my work has been published in the Probation Journal, Criminal Justice Matters and Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences. I have a strong interest in teaching and learning and in partnership with my students have conducted research projects for external bodies such as the Probation Service and the Blackburn with Darwen Community Safety Partnership. In 2014 I was appointed Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of my collaborative pedagogical work on the production of online learning resources; for establishing visual assessment methods on a range of courses in Criminology and embedding alternative approaches for producing undergraduate employability.

Contact Details

Dr Philip Johnson – Academic Subject Leader (Criminology)

Room UC-302

University Centre Blackburn College

University Close



Email: philip.johnson@blackburn.ac.uk

Telephone: 01254 292315

  • LLB (Hons)
  • Law Society Finals Examinations
  • PGCE – Further, Higher & Adult Education
  • PhD Applied Social Science (Lancaster University)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Recent Research Projects

In 2014 I was invited by Oxford University Press to become a co-author for a major new Criminology textbook that is due to be published in 2017. The lead author is Professor Stephen Case (Loughborough University) and the other co-authors are Professor Roger Smith (Durham University), Professor Katherine Williams (Aberystwyth University) and David Manlow (University of Westminster). I accepted the invitation as this book ranks teaching and learning issues as important as subject content. It is extremely exciting to be involved with this dramatically new approach to the writing of a conventionally large textbook.

A ‘textbook answer’ can often be derided for being a boring and simplistic one, so in many ways contradicts the fundamental purpose of a higher education. Instead, this book seeks to flip that prejudice into something dramatically different - as the ‘answer’ in this textbook is provided by its array of teaching and learning features. These have all been carefully designed in order to create effective, engaged and employable undergraduates in Criminology. 


Teaching and Professional Activities

I have acquired and undertaken six externally funded projects since completing my PhD and their focus has been spread across my dual interests of higher education and the workings of the criminal justice system.

I am a member of the British Society of Criminology’s Teaching and Learning Network and this role requires a variety of collaborative work with colleagues at other universities. I am also responsible for peer reviewing the nominations for the annual British Society of Criminology’s National Teaching Award.

Over the course of my career I have been an External Examiner for Criminology undergraduate courses at Manchester Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University and Hull University.

Recent Publications & Other Research Outputs

Johnson, P. (2015) “Producing Employability through Degrees of Edupunk?” Higher Education Academy Enhancement Series, Developing disciplinary communities in the Social Sciences, 21 May.

Johnson, P. (2014) “Producing Students as Edupunks”, Higher Education Academy Social Sciences Workshop and Seminar Series, University Centre at Blackburn College, 4 March.

Johnson, P. with Nick Hall and Chris Bates-Keegan (2013) “Challenging Enterprising Students”, The International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference,  Sheffield University, 12 September.

Johnson, P. (2013) “Opening up students in HE in FE through ‘Community Challenge”, UCBC Teaching Conference, 6 July.

Johnson, P. (2013) “Enhancing Employability via Community Challenge”, The Student as Producer Conference, Lincoln University, 27 June.

Johnson, P. (2013) “Producing students without boundaries through degrees of edupunk”, Higher Education Academy Workshop & Seminar Series, Bangor University, 16 May.

Jones, H., Johnson, P. and Gruszczynska, A. (2012) “Digital literacy: digital maturity or digital bravery?” Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 4(2).

Johnson, P. & Hammond, C. (2012a) 'Staff development in the OER era: transforming practice in HE in FE', HEA/JISC Open Educational Resources case study: pedagogical development from OER practice. The Higher Education Academy.

Johnson, P. and Hammond, C. (2012b) “OERs in HE in FE: Creativity for Edupunks?” OCWC Global Conference, Cambridge University, 17 April.

Johnson, P. (2011) “Reframing assessments for the University of the Future”, Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 3(3).

Johnson, P (2011) “Creativity for edupunks?” The Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP) Showcase Day, Birmingham, 24 October.

Johnson, P. and Hammond, C. (2011) “Anarchogogy in the UK?” with Craig Hammond, OER Cascade Event, C-SAP, Teeside University, 16 September.

Johnson, P. (2011) “Engaging students through images: criminal photography?” British Society of Criminology Conference, 6 July.

Johnson, P. (2010) “Paying Back or Moving Forwards: The Use of the Unpaid Work Element of the Community Order”, Criminal Justice Matters, 80(1).

Johnson, P. (2010) “Visual teaching in Criminology” HLSS Learning and Teaching Colloquium Series: Innovation in Assessment, Manchester Metropolitan University, 9 September.

Johnson, P. (2010) “Getting the seat of your pants dirty” Teaching Criminology, C-SAP Symposium, Liverpool Hope University, 5 July. 

Johnson, P. (2010) “What is Crime? Visual Teaching?” Phoenix Event of the European Group for the Study of  Deviance and Social Control (British and Irish section), Manchester Metropolitan University, 16 April.

Johnson, P. (2009) “The implications of using unpaid work as a criminal sanction in times of increasing unemployment”, European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, UCLAN, 27 August.

Johnson, P. and Ingram, B. (2007) “Windows of Opportunity for Unpaid Work?” Probation Journal, 54(1).

Teaching Programmes

FdA Criminology

BA (Hons) Criminology