Ms Nina Vaswani

Research Fellow

Children and Young People's Centre for Justice

Personal statement

I joined the Children and Young People's Centre for Justice (CYCJ) in October 2013.  CYCJ is an independent centre hosted by the University of Strathclyde, but predominantly funded by the Scottish Government.  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 experience and impact of loss, bereavement and trauma in young people and how these experiences interface and shape contact with the justice system.  Of particular interest is the overrepresentation of young men in justice-settings, and how their exposure to loss, bereavement and trauma might shape their developing masculinities identities, behaviours and outcomes.  As a result, I'm also interested in institutional and organisational responses to trauma, and the realities of trauma-informed approaches in practice.  However, my workload at CYCJ is varied which ensures that no two days are ever the same!

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Incarcerated young men and boys : trauma, masculinity and the need for trauma-informed, gender-sensitive correctional care
Vaswani Nina, Cesaroni Carla, Maycock Matthew
The Palgrave International Handbook of Youth Imprisonment (2021) (2021)
Childen's rights in children's hearings : the impact of Covid-19
Porter Robert Benjamin, Gillon Fern Rebecca Louise, Mitchell Fiona, Vaswani Nina, Young Emma
International Journal of Children's Rights Vol 29, pp. 426-446 (2021)
Use and Impact of Bail and Remand in Scotland with Children
McEwan Donna, Maclean Holly, Dyer Fiona, Vaswani Nina, Moodie Kristina
The prevalence of childhood bereavement in Scotland and its relationship with disadvantage : the significance of a public health approach to death, dying and bereavement
Paul Sally, Vaswani Nina
Palliative Care and Social Practice Vol 14 (2020)
Experiences of Virtual Children's Hearings: : A Rapid Consultation
Porter Robert, Mitchell Fiona, Gillon Fern, Young Emma, Vaswani Nina
'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)

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


Exploring Justice Inequalities and rights for children in conflict with the law
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator) Taylor, Yvette (Co-investigator) McDiarmid, Claire (Co-investigator) Donnelly, Michelle (Co-investigator) Mabon, Karyn (Post Grad Student)
Scoping exercise, literature review and workshops exploring the evidence base and evidence gaps around children with protected characteristics in conflict with the law, and their experiences of justice.
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Exploring the awareness, understanding and attitudes of children, young people and their families towards Restorative Justice
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator) Moodie, Kristina (Co-investigator)
18-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Children's reconceptualisation of 'Justice': Expectations, Experiences, and Aspirations
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator) Gillon, Fern Rebecca Louise (Co-investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
Digital Criminal Justice Provision
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
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

More projects


Children and Young People's Centre for Justice
Lord Hope Building

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