Professor Beth Weaver

Associate Director, SCCJR

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

University of Strathclyde


Beth Weaver is a Professor of Social and Criminal Justice at the University of Strathclyde. Prior to becoming an academic she worked for a number of years as a Criminal Justice Social Worker and latterly as a MAPPA Coordinator. Her publications and primary area of research interest are in community-led responses to desistance and the role for criminal and community justice policy and practice in this. Her book Offending and Desistance: The Importance of Social Relations (Rutledge, 2015) won the British Society of Criminology’s book prize; it drew on the life stories of a naturally forming group of offenders and ex-offenders, whose origins had shared beginnings but whose lives have had divergent outcomes. She was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders award to conduct a major study titled ‘Co-Producing Desistance from Crime: The Role of Social Cooperative Structures of Employment’, which involved learning about innovative practices in the UK, Ethiopia, Nordic countries, the US and especially Italy. That work has further led to building an international network on Coproducing Justice: International Social Economy Network funded through a SUII grant which runs through 2019.


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