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I'm a Professor of Criminal and Social Justice in the School 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 supervise PhD student in Social Work, Criminology and Public Health I am also Associate Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), and 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.
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
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.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde
Award Date: 1 Jan 2013
Master of Arts, University of Glasgow
Award Date: 1 Jan 1995
- Service User Involvement
- Social Cooperatives
- Criminal Justice social work
- Social Relations
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Citizenship on probation: understanding the labour market exclusion of criminalised people in ScotlandWeaver, B. & Jardine, C., 26 Jun 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Probation Journal. 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Downloads (Pure)
Weaver, B., Piacentini, L., Moodie, K. & Barry, M., 31 Mar 2021, In: British Journal of Criminology. 61, 2, p. 434-455 22 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Coproducing Justice: The Role and Contribution of Social Cooperatives in Supporting Desistance and Social Integration
Beth Weaver (Speaker)Dec 2021
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk