Dr Cara Jardine

Teaching Associate

University of Strathclyde


I am currently a Teaching Associate in social work.  Prior to this I was a research associate on an ESRC funded information poverty study, exploring how public information providers can better support young first time mothers from marginalised communities.  This project reflects my research interests in relationships, young people and social inclusion, established over the course of my previous role as a research assistant with the Criminal Justice Social Work Development Centre and my doctoral research, which was completed at the University of Edinburgh.  My PhD research utilised ethnographic observation and unstructured, qualitative interviews with men in women in prison, family members in the community and relevant professionals to examine the impact of imprisonment on these relationships and the implications for future outcomes for both the family and the criminal justice system.  I am particularly interested in reflexivity and innovative, creative and collaborative research methods.


Jardine, C. (2015) ‘Book Review: Peter Scharff Smith, When the Innocent Are Punished: The Children of Imprisoned Parents (Palgrave Macmillan: Hampshire)’, Punishment and Society

Jardine, C. (2014), ‘The Role of Family Ties in Desistance from Crime’, Families Outside: Edinburgh

Jardine, C. (2013), ‘Putting the Pieces Together: Prisoners, Family and Desistance’, Scottish Justice Matters vol 1:2 pp 15-17

Jardine, C. and Whyte, B. (2013) ‘Valuing Desistence? A Social Return on Investment Case Study of a Throughcare Project for Short-Term Prisoners’, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal 33(1): 20-32.  Winner of the Reg Mathews Memorial Prize for most significant contribution to the Journal

Keywords: Prison, Families, Scotland


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University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde
School of Social Work and Social Policy
Level 6, Lord Hope Building
141 St James Road
Glasgow G4 OLT

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