Ms Nina Vaswani

Research Fellow

Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice

Personal statement

I joined the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) in October 2013.  CYCJ is an independent centre hosted by the University of Strathclyde.  Prior to joining CYCJ I worked at Glasgow City Council, helping to develop the city’s evidence-based approach to youth justice policy, practice and service development and also managing the Youth Justice Research and Development Team.  While I was there I really enjoyed being able to work collaboratively with practitioners and conducting research that was relevant and meaningful to practice.  I was pleased that the move to CYCJ not only offered the prospect of conducting high quality academic research, but also the opportunity to maintain that connection to practice through colleagues in the Practice Workstream and CYCJ’s existing practitioner networks.

My role at CYCJ is Research Fellow, as well as being the lead for Research Workstream.  This involves developing and implementing the research strategy, overseeing the research output and ensuring that our work helps CYCJ meet its aims and objectives, as well as designing and undertaking research projects.  My key research interests are the experiences and impact of bereavement and loss in young people as well as the vulnerability of young men.  However, my workload at CYCJ is varied which ensures that no two days are ever the same!

My recent projects include: conducting the CYCJ stakeholder survey; an evaluation of a Systemic Family Practice Course; an exploration of the changes in the way that young people and crime are reported in the media; an implementation of Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster Care in the West of Scotland; and the piloting of an assessment and monitoring tool for vulnerable young women.

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'It's knowing the right things to say and do' : challenges and opportunities for trauma‐informed practice in the prison context
Vaswani Nina, Paul Sally
The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice Vol 58, pp. 513-534 (2019)
When People Die : Stories from Young People
Gunn Abbie, Bradley Hannah, Taylor Kian, Maloy Amy, Gunn Emily, Kerr Steven, Moore Emma, Hipson Dillon, Paul Sally, Rasmussen Susan, Vaswani Nina, Nabizadeh Golnar, Murray Chris, Jindal-Snape Divya, Vaughan Phillip, Brown Mark, Burns Monica, Horner Rebecca, Mac Garry, Millar Norrie, Quinn Katie, Semple Lynsey, O'Connor Janet
The Trauma, Bereavement and Loss Experiences of Women in Prison
Vaswani Nina
Here and Now : An Evaluation of Barnardo's Trauma, Bereavement and Loss Service in Schools
Gillon Fern, Vaswani Nina, Paul Sally
Trauma, Bereavement and Loss : Key Learning and Messages from Research and Practice
Vaswani Nina, Paul Sally, Gillon Fern, Bennett Fiona, Hogg Lisa, Hogg Kirsten, Lawrence Nicki
Bullying Behaviours : Adverse Experiences for All Involved?
Vaswani Nina

More publications

Professional activities

Hearing and documenting the voices and experiences of young people in custody
Encouraging innovation, evidence use and practice development in youth justice
Gender and Adversity
Challenges and opportunities for Trauma-Informed Practice in the Prison Context
Adverse Childhood Experiences: a gendered perspective
Adverse Childhood Experiences: a gendered perspective

More professional activities


Bullying Behaviours: Adverse experiences for all involved?
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator)
07-Jan-2019 - 27-Jan-2019
Evaluation of the ROSA Project
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator)
03-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020
What is youth justice? Changing priorities, roles and perceptions since Kilbrandon.
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator) Dyer, Fiona (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 05-Jan-2018
Trauma, Bereavement and Loss Services at HMP Polmont YOI: Here and Now
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018
Trauma, Bereavement and Loss Services at HMP Polmont YOI: My Life With Others
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator) Paul, Sally (Co-investigator)
31-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2016
Barnardo's Missing Project
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2016

More projects


Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice
Lord Hope Building

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