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. 


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
ECR collective response : The future of criminology and the unsustainability of the status quo for ECRs
Anderson Sarah, Horgan Shane, Jamieson Fiona, Jardine Cara, Rogers Ashley
Criminology and Criminal Justice Vol 20, pp. 487-490 (2020)
The complex information needs of disadvantaged young first-time mothers : insights into multiplicity of needs
Buchanan Steven, Jardine Cara
Journal of Documentation Vol 76, pp. 1135-1153 (2020)
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)

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Professional activities

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
Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice National Conference

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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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Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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