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I have a vast interest in lived experiences of those who move in and out of crime and poverty. My specialist area is gangs and grounded theory methodologies. Although I do have research interests in youth work, youth studies, culture, street cultures, desistance, class relations and power.  I enjoy using creative methodologies that work alongside people to explore visual and verbal meaning making I  have an interdisciplinary background of psychology, sociology and criminology.I also have a strong practitioner background, being a youth worker in Glasgow for just under ten years, a mentor forex-offenders and co-ordinating sports to reduce anti-social behaviour in young people. I enjjoy working with people from all walks of lives.


My teaching interests are similar to my research interests and include street cultures, theoretical understandings and creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. I would probably say my pedagogical approach is head, hands and heart based on transformative learning practices. 

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Research Output 2012 2019

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The lived experience of stop and search in Scotland: there are two sides to every story

Deuchar, R., Miller, J. & Densley, J., 20 May 2019, In : Police Quarterly.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
law enforcement
participant observation

Boredom and the buzz: 'its all about killing time'

Miller, J., 20 Dec 2018, Howard League for Penal Reform: Early Career Academics Network Bulletin, 40, p. 3-9 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
grounded theory
low income

‘I trust them more than I trust myself’: detached streetwork, young people and the building of social capital in Scottish urban communities

Deuchar, R., Miller, J. & Borchardt, L., 2017, Second International Handbook of Urban Education. Pink, W. T. & Noblit, G. W. (eds.). Springer International Publishing AG, p. 1125-1149 25 p. (Springer International Handbooks of Education).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Decent Work in Scotland: Thematic Report 3: Exploring ‘Decent Work’ with People with Criminal Convictions

Miller, J. & Borchardt, L., May 2016, UWS/Oxfam. 5 p. (UWS-Oxfam Partnership, Collaborative Research Reports Series; no. 3)

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
term contract
employment opportunity

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Oral presentation

The Entrepreneurial Game Plan for Young People with Convictions - Lightning Talk

Marco Gilardi (Speaker), Johanne Miller (Speaker), Veronica Scuotto (Speaker)
28 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

The Entrepreneurial Game Plan for Young People with Convictions - Workshopp

Marco Gilardi (Organiser), Johanne Miller (Organiser)
11 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course