Dr Cara Jardine

Teaching Associate

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. 


Families, Imprisonment and Legitimacy : The Cost of Custodial Penalties
Jardine Cara
Routledge Studies in Crime, Justice and the Family Routledge Studies in Crime, Justice and the Family (2019)
Eroding legitimacy? The impact of imprisonment on relationships between families, communities and the criminal justice system
Jardine Cara
Prisons, Punishment and the Family (2018) (2018)
Isolated, overwhelmed and worried : young first-time mothers asking for information and support online
Ruthven Ian, Buchanan Steven, Jardine Cara
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology Vol 69, pp. 1073-1083 (2018)
Relationships, environment, health and development : the information needs expressed online by young first-time mothers
Ruthven Ian, Buchanan Steven, Jardine Cara
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology Vol 69, pp. 985-995 (2018)
Information behaviours in disadvantaged and dependent circumstances and the role of information intermediaries
Buchanan Steven, Jardine Cara, Ruthven Ian
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (2018)
Employment and Employability in Scottish Prisons : A Research Briefing Paper
Piacentini Laura, Weaver Beth, Jardine Cara

more publications

Professional activities

Families, Imprisonment and Legitimacy: A radical analysis of the impact of imprisonment on families
Families, Imprisonment and Social Justice
A Day in the Life of an ECR: opportunities for connecting policy and research
Invited speaker
Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice National Conference
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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