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Social work & social policy Criminal & social justice

We are a vibrant, enthusiastic and collaborative team who produce world-leading, international and multi-disciplinary scholarship, applied research and consultancy on issues of criminal and social justice, social and penal policy and social work theory and practice.

Our expertise includes:

  • criminology and critical criminology 
  • sociology and social Theory
  • social work and activism
  • social policy and governance

We have strong links with the Scottish Government, the Scottish Prison Service, Criminal and Youth Justice Social Work Services, related voluntary sector, industry partners and penal reform organisations around the world.

Upcoming events

  • Thurs/Fri

    4th Annual Ethnographies of Crime and Control Symposium

    Laura Piacentini will be presenting at the above symposium at the Pearce Institute, Govan, Glasgow, on : -

    "Digital Ethnographer: How 'interneting' in Russian prisons produces collective expression and control of Russian prisoners' communal mind"

  • Thursday

    PEEP Perspectives from the Edges of Exclusion and Punishment


    Cara Jardine, University of Strathclyde, and Louise Brangan, University of Stirling have established an new research network for early career scholars with an interest in punishment called; PEEP – Perspectives from the Edges of Exclusion and Punishment, generously funded by the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. They have launched an open call  for abstracts (deadline 19th April 2019) for three half-day workshops to be held this summer where ECRs can refine and advance work-in-progress, such as articles, book chapters, and book proposals.. All participants are expected to attend each workshop and will be asked to present a 20 minute paper on one of these three days: 23rd May; 24th June; 26th July. What are you waiting for? To join PEEP and get involved please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Cara Jardine ( or Louise Brangan ( by Friday 19 April. 

  • Thursday

    ESRC and The Futures of Criminological Research

    Laura Piacentini is presenting at the ESRC and The Futures of Criminological Research Symposium hosted by the British Society of Criminology, Criminology and Criminal Justice and the University of Edinburgh Law School. Along with her Co-Editors in Chief of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Laura will discuss criminological research from a journal editing perspective.