Beth Weaver, Lecturer


  • United Kingdom

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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.

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.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Desistance from crime
  • Re-entry and social reintegration
  • User involvement and co-production
  • The role of social cooperatives in supporting desistance and reintegration
  • Prisons, Parole and Community based sentences
  • Families of prisoners

Teaching Interests

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 1 Jan 2013

Master of Arts, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995


  • Desistance
  • Co-production
  • Service User Involvement
  • Social Cooperatives
  • Criminal Justice social work
  • Criminology
  • Reintegration
  • Social Relations
  • Penology


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