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Dr Claire Lightowler


Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice

Personal statement

Claire is the Director of the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ). For further information about her interests and experience see

CYCJ supports improvement and learning in youth justice, contributing to a reduction in crime and the realisation of better lives for individuals and communities. For further information about CYCJ see

Claire's research work focuses on youth and criminal justice policy and practice issues. She has a particular interest in exploring the use of different forms of knowledge to improve youth and criminal justice. She is currently undertaking research about co-production and women's community justice; and about access to higher and further education for those with criminal convictions.


How practitioner-led research could have greater impact : the importance of considering knowledge mobilisation holistically
Lightowler Claire, Stocks-Rankin Catherine-Rose, Wilkinson Heather
Evidence and Policy, (2017)
Youth justice and workforce development in workforce development in Scotland : practice makes better!
Lightowler Claire, Orr David, Vaswani Nina
Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Vol 13, (2014)
Living it : children, young people, justice
Lightowler Claire, Cameron Susie, Rogers Brian
Scottish Justice Matters Vol 2, (2014)
Embedding research into practice through innovation and creativity : a case study from social services
Petch Alison, Lightowler Claire, Pattoni Lisa, Watson Ian
Evidence and Policy Vol 10, pp. 555-564, (2014)
Youth Justice in Scotland : Fixed in the Past or Fit for the Future?
Lightowler Claire, Orr David, Vaswani Nina
Sustaining knowledge exchange and research impact in the social sciences and humanities : investing in knowledge broker roles in UK universities
Lightowler Claire, Knight Christine
Evidence and Policy Vol 9, pp. 317-334, (2013)

more publications


Trauma, Bereavement and Loss Services at HMP Polmont YOI: Here and Now
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2017 - 30-Nov-2018
User Engagement Project for Community Justice Ayrshire
Weaver, Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2016 - 31-May-2018
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Gillon, Fern Rebecca Louise
Barry, Monica (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator) Gillon, Fern Rebecca Louise (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Mar-2018
Co producing community justice
Weaver, Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2014 - 30-Apr-2016

more projects


Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice
Lord Hope Building

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