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Dr Elizabeth Weaver

Senior Lecturer

Social Work

Personal statement

I'm a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Policy, specialising in Criminology and Criminal Justice Social Work. I teach on both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social work and also on the LLM/MSc in Criminal Justice and Penal Change in the School of Law. I am also a research consultant to the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ), a member of the Centre for Law, Crime and Justice (CLCJ) and the Centre for Health Policy (Justice Strand), all based at the University of Strathclyde. I am also an appointed member of the Scottish Advisory Panel on Offender Rehabilitation (SAPOR).

I am actively engaged in a number of research networks, research projects and knowledge exchange activities with specific interests in desistance, user involvement and co-production and the use of through-the-prison-gate social cooperative structures of employment. All of my research has an applied focus on penal reform.


An unfinished alternative : towards a relational paradigm
Weaver Beth, Weaver Allan
Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Criminal JusticeBeyond the Risk Paradigm, (2016)
Offending and Desistance: The Importance of Social Relations
Weaver Elizabeth
International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation, (2015)
Lifelines : desistance, social relations, and reciprocity
Weaver Beth, McNeill Fergus
Criminal Justice and Behavior Vol 42, pp. 95-107, (2015)
Managing high risk offenders in the community : compliance, cooperation and consent in a climate of concern
Weaver Beth, Barry Monica
European Journal of Probation Vol 6, pp. 278-295, (2014)
Risky business? Supporting desistance from sexual offending
Weaver Beth, Barry Monica
Responding to Sexual OffendingResponding to Sexual Offending, (2014)
Change or control? Developing dialogues between research and public protection
Weaver Beth
Probation Journal Vol 61, pp. 8-26, (2014)

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My teaching interests include criminology, law and penal policy for criminal justice social work; penology and penal change; the dynamics of community supervision, rehabilitation and desistance; risk assessment and risk management in criminal justice.

Research interests

My research activities are principally concerned with desistance from crime, the regulation and governance of the community supervision of people involved in the criminal justice system and the management of those classified as high risk.

I am particularly interested in the role of social relations in the onset, maintenance and conclusion of criminal careers, specifically how people's relationships with and to friends, families and communities shape and influence their offending trajectories and the implications of this for penal policy and practice. My doctoral research in this field has led to further projects examining the outcomes of mutual aid based group work and the role of through-the-prison-gate social cooperative structures of employment in processes of desistance and social reintegration, the latter of which is funded through the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme.

Professional activities

British Society of Criminology Conference 2017
Keynote/plenary speaker
Desistance from Co-Offending: A Relational Perspective
Coproduction, Governance and Practice: The Dynamics and Effects of User Voice Prison Councils
Desistance from Co-Offending: A relational perspective
Scottish Prison Service Annual Management Conference
Keynote/plenary speaker
Annual Conference Probacni A Mediacni Sluzba
Keynote/plenary speaker

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User Engagement Project for Community Justice Ayrshire
Weaver, Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2016 - 31-May-2018
Co-Producing Desistance? An Exploration Of The Dynamics And Effects Of A Mutual Aid Group Of Former Prisoners
Weaver, Elizabeth (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2014 - 30-Jun-2016
Co producing community justice
Weaver, Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Lightowler, Claire (Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2014 - 30-Apr-2016
Moving Forward: Training. Commissioned by HMP Low Moss.
Weaver, Elizabeth (Principal Investigator)
Period 14-May-2014 - 30-May-2014
Moving Forward: Personal Development Planning. Commissioned by HMP Low Moss
Weaver, Elizabeth (Academic)
Period 01-Mar-2014 - 30-Apr-2014
Co-producting Community Justice: A review of the literature. Commissioned by Glasgow City Council
Weaver, Elizabeth (Academic)
Period 01-Dec-2012 - 28-Feb-2013

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