- BA (Hons) (Durham)
- MA (Durham)
- PhD (Newcastle)
- PGCAP (Surrey)
After leaving school at 16 and spending 5 years working in various jobs (and a few periods of unemployment) I went to Derwentside College in Consett to study for a Higher Education Foundation Course (an access course). From there I went to the University of Durham and graduated in 1997 with a BA in Sociology and Social Policy. I stayed in Durham to complete an MA and then obtained a PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2002. I worked in the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Durham from 2002, and from 2006 I was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. I moved to York in 2012 as Anniversary Reader in Sociology and was subsequently promoted to a personal chair.
I am a sociologist interested in law and social control. My research is concerned with a number of broad questions about the relationship between law, human rights and sexual orientation. I also research aspects of policing in a number of jurisdictions.
My recent publications include the books Going to Strasbourg: An Oral History of Sexual Orientation Discrimination and the European Convention on Human Rights, Law, Religion and Homosexuality (written with Dr. Robert Vanderbeck at the University of Leeds) and Homosexuality and the European Court of Human Rights.
I have a specific interest in the European Convention on Human Rights and edit the ECHR Sexual Orientation Blog which provides up to date information on issues relating to sexual orientation in Council of Europe member states.
I am currently engaged in the following two research projects:
‘Going to Strasbourg’: an oral history of human rights litigation in the European Court of Human Rights
The aim of this research is to provide an understanding of the motivations and aspirations of people in the UK who have made complaints in the European Court of Human Rights about sexual orientation discrimination.
Based on qualitative, oral history interviews with men and women that have pursued diverse complaints from the 1970s to the present day (relating to, for example, the criminalization of homosexual acts, the prohibition on homosexuality in the armed forces, and discrimination in economic benefits) the research will result in a unique archive of first-hand accounts of human rights litigation.
The research is funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, and a book from the project was recently published by Oxford University Press.
More details can be found at the Going to Strasbourg website.
Faith in Policing: The Co-Production of Crime Control
The participation of faith groups in aspects of crime control has become seen as a way of increasing efficiency, promoting accountability, and improving trust and confidence in policing. Although the relationship between faith and policing is a key aspect of contemporary political discourse, very little is known about the interaction between constabularies and faith groups or the extent of the impact of this interaction on crime control.
This research, drawing on qualitative interviews with police service personnel, aims to examine how police officers understand faith and its place in policing, recognise and respond to the needs of faith groups, and work with faith groups to mobilise crime prevention activity at the local level.
In providing an understanding of the role of faith in policing the research will make a broader contribution to knowledge about the relationship between civil society and contemporary policing, inform debates about social inequality and accountability, and support the development of policy and practice.
The research is funded by a British Academy Small Grant and is being conducted in collaboration with Prof. Karen Bullock at the University of Surrey.
Full publications list
- Johnson, P. and Dalton, D. (2012) Policing Sex. London: Routledge.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
- Johnson, P. and Vanderbeck, R.M. (2017) 'Sacred spaces, sacred words: religion and same-sex marriage in England and Wales'. Journal of Law and Society. (In press).
- Bullock, K. and Johnson, P. (2016) 'Faith in Policing: The Co-production of Crime Control in Britain'. British Journal of Criminology (Published in advance on-line access).
- Vanderbeck, R.M. and Johnson, P. (2016) 'The promotion of British values: sexual orientation equality, religion, and England's schools'. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family. 30(3): 292-321.
- Johnson, P. (2015) '"The choice of wording must be regarded as deliberate": same-sex marriage and Article 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights'. European Law Review. 40(2): 207-224.
- Johnson, P. (2015) '"Homosexual propaganda" laws in the Russian Federation: are they in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights?'. Russian Law Journal. 3(2): 37-61
- Vanderbeck, R.M. and Johnson, P. (2015) 'Homosexuality, religion and the contested legal framework governing sex education in England'. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 37(2): 161-179
- Johnson, P. (2015) 'Marriage, heteronormativity and the European Court of Human Rights: a reappraisal'. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family. 29(1): 56-77.
- Reprinted in Law and Sexuality (volume 3) edited by Harding, R., 2016, Routledge.
- Johnson, P. (2014) 'Making unjust law: the Parliament of Uganda and the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014'. Parliamentary Affairs. 68(4): 709-736.
- Johnson, P. (2014) 'Sociology and the European Court of Human Rights'. The Sociological Review. 62(3): 547-564.
- Johnson, P. (2014) 'Pornography and the European Convention on Human Rights'. Porn Studies. 1(3): 315-336.
- Johnson, P. (2013) 'Homosexuality and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights: what can be learned from the history of the European Convention on Human Rights?'. Journal of Law and Society. 40(2): 249-279.
- Johnson, P. (2012) ‘Adoption, homosexuality and the European Convention on Human Rights: Gas and Dubois v France’. Modern Law Review. 75(6): 1136-1149.
- Bullock, K. and Johnson, P. (2012) ‘The impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on Policing in England and Wales’. British Journal of Criminology. 52(3): 630-650.
- Johnson, P. (2012) 'Heteronormativity and the European Court of Human Rights'. Law and Critique. 23(1): 43-66.
- Johnson, P. (2011) 'Homosexuality, freedom of assembly, and the margin of appreciation doctrine of the European Court of Human Rights: Alekseyev v Russia'. Human Rights Law Review. 11(3): 578-593.
- Johnson, P. (2011) 'Challenging the heteronormativity of marriage: the role of judicial interpretation and authority'. Social and Legal Studies. 20(3): 349-367.
- Johnson, P. & Vanderbeck, R.M. (2011) '"Hit them on the nose": representations of policing in Parliamentary debates about incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation'. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. 5(1): 65-74.
- Vanderbeck, R.M. & Johnson, P. (2011) '"If a charge was brought against a saintly religious leader whose intention was to save souls…": an analysis of UK Parliamentary debates over incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation'. Parliamentary Affairs. 64(4): 652-673.
- Johnson, P. (2010) ‘The Enforcement of Morality: Law, Policing and Sexuality in New South Wales’. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. 43(3): 399-422.
- Johnson, P. (2010) ‘Law, morality and disgust: the regulation of “extreme pornography” in England and Wales’. Social and Legal Studies. 19(2): 147-164.
- Johnson, P. (2010) ‘”An essentially private manifestation of human personality”: constructions of homosexuality in the European Court of Human Rights’. Human Rights Law Review. 10(1): 67-97.
- Johnson, P. (2010) ‘What is love without mourning? Male intimacies and cultures of loss’. Journal for Cultural Research. 14(2): 176-196.
- Johnson, P. and Vanderbeck, R.M. (2009) ‘A response to “Islamic marital order and the threats of homosexuality in Nigeria”’. Journal for Faith, Spirituality and Social Change. 2(1): 1-7.
- Johnson, P. (2008) ‘”Crimes against morality”: law and public sex in Australia’. Alternative Law Journal. 33(3): 155-159.
- Johnson, P. (2008) ‘”Rude boys”: the homosexual eroticization of class’. Sociology. 42(1): 65-82.
- Johnson, P. (2007) ‘”Ordinary Folk and Cottaging”: Law, Morality and Public Sex’. Journal of Law and Society. 34(4): 520-543.
- Reprinted in The Library of Essays on Sexuality and Law, volume II: Crime and Punishment, edited by Robson, R., 2011, Ashgate.
- Johnson, P. & Williams, R. (2007) ‘Internationalising New Technologies of Crime Control: Forensic DNA Databasing and Datasharing in the European Union’. Policing and Society. 17(2): 103-118.
- Johnson, P. & Williams, R. (2007) ‘European securitization and biometric identification: the uses of genetic profiling’. Ann Ist Super Sanità.43(1): 36-43.
- Reprinted in Biometrics: Techno-Legal Issues, edited by Bhavani, M.N., 2008, Punjagutta: Icfai University Press.
- Williams, R. & Johnson, P. (2005) ‘Inclusiveness, Effectiveness and Intrusiveness: Issues in the Developing Uses of DNA Profiling in Support of Criminal Investigations’. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics.33(3): 545-558.
- Reprinted in Special Issue of Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 2006, 34(2): 234-247.
- Johnson, P. & Lawler, S. (2005) ‘Coming home to love and class’. Sociological Research Online. 10(3).
- Johnson, P. (2004) ‘Haunting Heterosexuality: The Homo/Het Binary and Intimate Love’. Sexualities. 7(2): 183-200.
- Johnson, P. & Williams, R. (2004) ‘Post-conviction testing: the UK's first “exoneration” case?’. Science and Justice. 44(2): 77-82.
- Johnson, P. & Williams, R. (2004) ‘DNA and Crime Investigation: Scotland and the “UK National DNA Database”’. Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies. 10: 71-85.
- Williams, R. & Johnson, P. (2004) ‘Circuits of Surveillance’. Surveillance and Society. 2(1): 1-14.
- Williams, R & Johnson, P. (2004) ‘”Wonderment and Dread”: Representations of DNA in Ethical Disputes about Forensic DNA Databases’. New Genetics and Society. 23(2): 205-223.
- Johnson, P. , Martin, P. & Williams, R. (2003) ‘Genetics and Forensics: Making the National DNA Database’. Science Studies. 16(2): 22-37.
- Johnson, P. (2015) 'Is Article 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights applicable to same-sex couples?', European Courts, May 8 2015.
- Johnson, P. (2014) 'Turning the European Court of Human Rights into a Folk Devil: the UK Conservative Party and Human Rights', Discover Society (14), Nov. 4 2014.
- Johnson, P. (2014) 'E.B. v Austria: Denying conditional release for prisoner who alledged sexual orientation discrimination not a violation of the ECHR', European Courts, Sept. 13 2014.
- Johnson, P. (2013) 'Vallianatos judgment on sexual orientation discrimination in civil partnerships', ECHR Blog, Nov. 8, 2013.
- Johnson, P. (2013) 'Russia's anti-gay 'propoganda law' and the European Court of Human Rights', European Courts, Apr. 6, 2013
- Johnson, P. (2013) 'X. and Others v Austria', ECHR Blog, Feb.21, 2013
- Johnson, P. (2013) 'Eweida and Others v the United Kingdom', ECHR Blog, Jan. 21, 2013
- Johnson, P. (2012) 'Same-Sex Marriage To Be 'Illegal' in the Church of England and Church in Wales', Jurist – Hotline, Dec. 18, 2012.
- Johnson, P. (2012) 'Homosexual Offenses and Human Rights in Isle of Man', Jurist – Hotline, Dec. 8, 2012.
- Johnson, P. (2012) 'Homosexual Offences and Human Rights in Guernsey', Jurist – Hotline, Nov. 29, 2012.
- Johnson, P. (2012) 'The Impact of H. v. Finland', Jurist – Hotline, Nov. 14, 2012.
- Johnson, P. (2012) 'The Impact of X. v. Turkey: Homosexuality and the ECHR', Jurist – Hotline, Oct. 9, 2012.
- Johnson, P. (2012) 'Same-Sex Civil Marriage Gives Deference to Church of England Cannon Laws’, Jurist - Hotline, Jun. 14, 2012.
- Johnson, P. (2011) 'Russian Ban on Homosexual Propaganda Violates Human Rights’, Jurist - Hotline, Dec. 1, 2011.
- Johnson, P (2017) 'Beliefs about the European Court of Human Rights in the UK Parliament'. In Amatrudo, A & Rauxloh, R. (eds.) Law in Popular Belief: Myth and Reality. Manchester: Manchester UP. (in press)
- Johnson, P. (2013) 'Hate Crime'. In Brown, J (ed.) The Future of Policing. Abingdon: Routledge.
- Johnson, P. (2012) ‘The enforcers of morality?’. In Johnson, P. and Dalton, D. (eds.) Policing Sex. London: Routledge.
- Williams, R. & Johnson, P. (2007) ‘Captured Identities: Bodies, Biometrics and Criminal Investigations’. In Newburn, T. et al. (eds.) The Handbook of Criminal Investigations. Cullompton: Willan Press.
- Johnson, P. (2006) ‘Subjectivity and sociality in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky’. In Jonsson, G.A. & Ottarsson, T.A. (eds.) Through the Mirror: Reflections on the Films of Andrei Tarkovsky. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press Ltd.
- Johnson, P. (2005) ‘Improvisation and Constraint: New Work by Judith Butler’. Sociology. 39(4): 755-759.
- Johnson, P. (2001) ‘The histories of sexuality: the future of debate’. Social Epistemology. 15(2): 127-137.
- Dzehtsiarou , K. (ed.), Lock, T. (ed.), De Londras, F., Johnson, P., Greene, A. & Bates, E. (2015) The Legal Implications of a Repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 and Withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights.
- Williams, R. & Johnson, P. (2005) Forensic DNA Databasing: A European Perspective. The Wellcome Trust.
- Williams, R. Johnson, P. & Martin, P. (2004) Genetic Information & Crime Investigation. The Wellcome Trust.