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Vicky Johnson

Honorary Associate

Dr Vicky Johnson has over twenty years of experience as a researcher and consultant in social and community development, both in the UK and internationally.

She is Principal Investigator for Youth Uncertainty Rights (YOUR) World Research in Ethiopia and Nepal, funded by ESRC-DFID Poverty Fund (2016-2019). Recent research she has led includes: steps for engaging children in research (Bernard van Leer Foundation); Social protection and education for street connected girls in Nairobi (UNGEI); and Youth Sexual Rights (IPPF). Vicky has designed and led academic training on ‘Creating Impact in Social Sciences’ and has advised on the ethics on carrying out research with marginalised and vulnerable children and youth.

Vicky’s key focus of research and publication is in the field of children and young people’s participation. Monographs and books include: Listening to Smaller Voices (ActionAid 1995); Stepping Forward (IT Publications 1998) and with A. West, Children’s Participation in Global Contexts: Beyond Voice (Routledge 2018). Vicky has led research, and managed programmes and partnerships in Africa, Asia and Latin America for international organisations and provided expert advice for a range of UN and government departments. She has also developed programmes of community research with local authorities, NHS, government regeneration programmes and non-governmental organisations in the UK.

Vicky teaches in the following areas: social research methodology; childhood and youth including across disciplines of the anthropology of childhood, sociology of childhood and children’s geographies; child and human rights; international development; international education and inclusion. Currently she is lecturing on the MA programmes on Childhood, Youth and International Development at Brunel and Birkbeck, University of London. She is supervising masters students at Birkbeck and PhDs at Goldsmiths and the University of Brighton.




Visit the Rejuvenate website 'Rejuvenate’ is a project that recognises the value that children and young people can bring when they are given the space and support to do so. It began with a process to collate and map previous and current child rights projects that exhibit substantive...


Vicky Johnson’s recent work

Past Event

Uncertainty: Child and youth rights and participation

Watch the session recording here https://youtu.be/eX6-noNW-Xc Join the Rejuvenate project for their next dialogue for academics and practitioners working in the field of child and youth rights and participation. Young people do not necessarily view uncertainty in their lives as negative,...

15 September 2022

Past Event

Child rights: through Covid and into recovery – new and changing norms

As part of the Rejuvenate project, we are hosting a series of grounded dialogues. The first dialogue, held in September, responded and reflected on the Rejuvenate principles, and can be rewatched here. We will be joined in an interactive session by practitioners and thinkers in the fields of...

12 January 2022

Past Event

Rejuvenate dialogue: Respond and reflect on child and youth rights

Lead by a team at IDS and UHI, the goal of the Rejuvenate project is to re-energise the field of child and youth rights in social justice processes through a growing networks of child rights actors and to further consolidate, evidence and develop the REJUVENATE principles. Upon publishing...

14 September 2021


Living archive aims to rejuvenate child and youth rights and participation

“I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realise, neither do you.” Severn Cullis-Suzuki, 12 years old, Rio Earth Summit, 1992 “You come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words… all...

11 February 2021