Save this page
Save this page

My Saved Pages

  • Saved page.

My Saved Courses

  • Saved page.

Recently visited

  • Saved page.

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.


Coproduction, governance and practice : the dynamics and effects of user voice prison councils
Weaver Elizabeth
Social Policy and Administration, (2018)
Evidence submission to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee regarding the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill
Weaver Elizabeth, Graham Hannah
Time for Policy Redemption : A Review of the Evidence on the Disclosure of Criminal Records
Weaver Elizabeth
Employment and Employability in Scottish Prisons : A Research Briefing Paper
Piacentini Laura, Weaver Beth, Jardine Cara
The Service User Involvement : Thematic Review - Issue 1
Weaver Elizabeth, Moodie Kristina, Lightowler Claire
The Women's Centre Programme : Thematic Summary Issue 1
Weaver Elizabeth, Lightowler Claire

more publications


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

Desistance from Co-Offending: A Relational Perspective
Conceptualising Community: Reframing Research
Time for Policy Redemption? Recruit and Rebuild
Time for Policy Redemption?
Time for Redemption
Employability and Employment in Scottish Prisons: Working for Change

more professional activities


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

more projects