Dr Cara Jardine

Research Associate


Cara is a Teaching Associate at Strathclyde University, with research interests in imprisonment, punishment, inequalities, gender and poverty.  She completed her doctorate at the University of Edinburgh in 2015, producing a study of the impact of imprisonment on families, and is currently writing a book on the same topic.  Cara was recently awarded a Leverhulme Early Career fellowship to develop new research into people’s experiences of community from within prison, the permeability of the prison wall, and the resulting implications for citizenship, legitimacy and reintegration.


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

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