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. 

Professional activities

Families, Imprisonment and Legitimacy: A radical analysis of the impact of imprisonment on families
Families, Imprisonment and Social Justice
Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice National Conference
A Day in the Life of an ECR: opportunities for connecting policy and research
Invited speaker
Rip it up and start again: challenging the cult of the individual in criminal justice
Invited speaker
Scottish UP Network

more professional activities


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

more projects


Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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