Dr Cara Jardine

Senior Lecturer

Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

I joined the School of Social Work and Social Policy in 2017, and have recently been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career fellowship to explore the multiple ways in which the community enters the prison, and the implications for legitimacy, citizenship and the people who reside and work within it. 

This project reflects my broader interests in imprisonment and punishment, families and relationships, and social inequalities.  I am also particularly interested in innovative, creative and collaborative research methods, and the connections between research, activism and penal reform.  

I currently teach on a number of courses across the School, including the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in social work. 


Citizenship on probation : understanding the labour market exclusion of criminalised people in Scotland
Weaver Beth, Jardine Cara
Probation Journal Vol 69, pp. 296-317 (2022)
Prison ethnography by correspondence?
Jardine Cara
Criminology and Criminal Justice, pp. 1-17 (2022)
The information behaviours of disadvantaged young first-time mothers
Buchanan Steven, Jardine Cara
Journal of Documentation (2022)
Social work education during COVID-19 : students' perceptions of the challenges and opportunities of online and blended learning
Simanovic Tia, Cioarţă Ionuţ, Jardine Cara, Paul Sally
Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice Vol 9, pp. 131-141 (2021)
Getting it Right for Families Affected by Imprisonment
Barkas Betsy, Deacon Kirsty, Foster Rebecca, Jardine Cara, Primrose Kirsty, Troy Vic
The Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records
Christensen E, Jardine C, Kennedy A, Mabon K, Taylor E, Weaver B

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Professional activities

Contribution to article in Daily Record
The Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records
Why we need social workers to avert a prisons crisis: beginning a critical conversation
Behind the curve: Can justice systems get ahead of COVID 19 and avoid a prisons crisis?
Families, Imprisonment and Legitimacy: A radical analysis of the impact of imprisonment on families
Families, Imprisonment and Social Justice

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Perspectives from the Edges of Exclusion and Punishment
Jardine, Cara (Principal Investigator) Brangan, Louise (Principal Investigator)
PEEP is a collaborative network of ECRs working broadly across the theme of punishment. PEEP is two aims: to allow us to enrich and refine our understanding of how punishment occurs across a broad range of places and actors; and, secondly, to challenge the limitations of precarious ECR working conditions by investing in the needs of ECRs.

PEEP was established through an SCCJR Development Grant.
Corners of Community: Exploring the role of the ?Outside? in prison life
Jardine, Cara (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
Constructing Family in the Context of Imprisonment: a study of prisoners and their families in Scotland
Jardine, Cara (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 30-Jan-2015

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