Division: Psychology and Sociology

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Mr Karl Johnson (BSc(Hons); M(Res)) is a Lecturer in the Psychology and Sociology Division.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning

A youth worker in a former life, I’ve been at QMU in one capacity or another since 2009 – having completed two degrees here – and am now lecturing in sociology, developing a sense of who I am as an early career academic, and working on projects to improve student engagement/experience and aid transitions. My colleague Hope Christie (University of Bath) and I have written a short ‘survival guide’ for Honours-level social science students, and are working to develop it with the help of Dr Clare Uytman (QMU Psychology).  

Currently the Academic Disabled Student Coordinator for the Division of Psychology & Sociology; I have also supervised undergraduate dissertations and contributed to Level 1 and 2 modules on social diversity and identity, the philosophy and design of social science research, reflexivity and engagement within Public Sociology, and the consumption of culture by individuals and groups.

My sociological interests are eclectic – ranging from the theoretical to the local to the sometimes odder application of social science. I’m also passionate about the inclusion and involvement of students, and that they feel encouraged to achieve their potential.

Professional Social Media:

Active Research Interests:

  • The Northern Isles of Scotland
  • Student experience/engagement/inclusion within Higher Education
  • Reflexivity in academia
  • Cultural sociology

Other funding:

QMU PETL funding for ‘Don’t Panic: The Psych/Soc Student’s Guide to Fourth Year’

QMU WISeR funding for Psych/Soc Direct Entry student induction project


  • Level 1 UG: X1021 Diversity, Identity & Well-Being
  • Level2 UG: X2022 Engaged Sociology, X2023 Production & Consumption of Culture, X2024 Social Inquiry: Philosophy & Design