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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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Has expertise in:

    youth justice

    bereavement and loss

    research with children and young people


Beyond loss of liberty : how loss, bereavement and grief can affect young men's prison journeys
Vaswani Nina
Loss, Dying and Bereavement in the Criminal Justice SystemRoutledge Key Themes in Health and Society, (2018)
Learning from failure : are practitioner researchers the answer when conducting research on sensitive topics with vulnerable children and young people?
Vaswani Nina
International Journal of Social Research Methodology, (2018)
Adverse Childhood Experiences in Children at High Risk of Harm to Others : A Gendered Perspective
Vaswani Nina
"Just a wee boy not cut out for prison" : Policy and reality in children and young people's journeys through justice in Scotland
Nolan Deborah, Dyer Fiona, Vaswani Nina
Criminology and Criminal Justice, (2017)
Our Lives With Others : An Evaluation of Trauma, Bereavement and Loss Developments at HMYOI Polmont
Vaswani Nina, Paul Sally, Papadodimitraki Yana
A catalogue of losses : implications for the care and reintegration of young men in custody
Vaswani Nina
Prison Service Journal Vol 220, pp. 26-35, (2015)

more publications

Professional activities

Working with Loss and Bereavement in Young People
Scottish Drugs Forum
Invited speaker
What would help young people with mental health needs stay away from the criminal justice system?
Loss, Bereavement and Compassionate Care
Invited speaker
Seasons for Growth Conference Scotland
Invited speaker
Decision, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work Symposium

more professional activities


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
Trauma, Bereavement and Loss Services at HMP Polmont YOI: My Life With Others
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator) Paul, Sally (Co-investigator)
Period 31-May-2015 - 30-Nov-2016
Barnardo's Missing Project
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2015 - 30-Jun-2016
Evaluating the use of Seasons for Growth with young men in custody
Vaswani, Nina (Academic)
Evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness of an education programme to help young people develop strategies to cope with loss and grief.
Period 19-Aug-2013 - 31-Dec-2015
Monitoring Strengths and Changes in vulnerable young women - a pilot study
Vaswani, Nina (Academic) Moodie, Kristina (Researcher)
Reliability and Validity testing of new assessment and monitoing tool for vulnerable young women
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 31-Jan-2016
Exploring the nature and experience of loss among young people with offending behaviours who are in care
Vaswani, Nina (Principal Investigator)
Period 12-Jan-2015 - 31-Dec-2016

more projects


Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice
Lord Hope Building

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