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Dr Beth Weaver is Professor of Criminal and Social Justice in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, and Associate Dean [Knowledge Exchange], University of Strathclyde.

Beth is actively engaged in a number of research networks, and has led on a number of research projects and knowledge exchange activities with specific interests in desistance, compliance, the collateral consequences of criminal records, user involvement and co-production and the use of through-the-prison-gate social cooperative structures of employment. All of her research has an applied focus on penal reform. Beth has also published widely on a range of subjects relating to criminal justice policies, practices, and research.

Recent Publications

Weaver, B., and Fraser, A., (2021) The Social Dynamics of Co-offending, Theoretical Criminology https://doi.org/10.1177%2F13624806211030459

Weaver, B., and Piacentini, L, Moodie K., and Barry, M (2020) Exploring and Explaining Non-Compliance with Community Supervision British Journal of Criminology 61(2): 434-455

Weaver, B (2019) Understanding Desistance: A Critical Review of Theories of Desistance, Psychology, Crime and Law 25(2):1-18



University of Strathclyde


School of Social Work and Social Policy
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building
141 St James Road

Research Themes

Punishment, Citizenship and Communities

Law, Policy and Practice

Knowledge Exchange and Engagement

December 2020

Measuring Justice: Defining Concepts, Developing Practice

This research was funded under a Scottish Government grant call for ‘experiences of justice’, and reviews concepts and measurement techniques […]

April 2018

SCCJR’s Written Submission on the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill

Dr Beth Weaver (University of Strathclyde) and Dr Hannah Graham (University of Stirling), Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research […]

March, 2018

Time for Policy Redemption : A Review of the Evidence on the Disclosure of Criminal Records

There is wide variation in disclosure practices within and between the U.S, the U.K and Europe, although there is some […]

February 2018

Employment and Employability in Scottish Prisons: A Research Briefing Paper, Feb 2018

Laura Piacentini, Beth Weaver and Cara Jardine, SCCJR School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of Strathclyde This research […]

March 2017

Response from SCCJR to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey Questionnaire Review 2017

Response from Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (Sarah MacQueen, Anna Souhami and Susan McVie, University of Edinburgh; Fergus […]


‘The failure of recall to prison: early release, front-door and back-door sentencing and the revolving prison door in Scotland’.

This article seeks to explain the reasons for the sharp rise in prison recall rates in Scotland. It argues that […]

October 2012

Co-Producing Criminal Justice:Executive Summary

This literature review was requested by the Community Justice division of the Scottish Government to advise on and inform the […]


‘Change or Control? Developing dialogues between desistance research and public protection practice’

This paper aims to scope out some of the implications of desistance research for the community management of high risk […]


‘Managing cases or supporting change: some implications of desistance research for case management’

This article will consider how desistance research relates to the purposes of case management. Drawing on research evidence about the […]


‘The relational context of desistance: some implications and opportunities for social policy’

Desistance from offending is generally conceptualized as a process involving an interplay between ‘objective’, or external factors, and ‘subjective’, or […]

26th June 2023

Penal Supervision in Comparative Context

New research on probation and justice social work supervision in five nations Professor Nicola Carr (University of Nottingham) and colleagues, […]

22nd November 2018

Measuring Justice: Defining Concepts, Developing Practice

In this project, researchers are gathering information about how experiences of criminal justice settings and processes can be conceptualised and […]

26th September 2018

Concepts of Community: Exploring ‘Community’ in Theory, Policy and Practice Imaginaries

In this SCCJR funded project, researchers are exploring and developing concepts of community and how these are used in research, […]

21st June 2018

The Scottish Prisons Commission: Ten Years On

In July 2008 The Scottish Prisons Commission (also known as the McLeish Commission) published its report Scotland’s Choice. This report […]

5th March 2010

User Views of Punishment

Sarah Armstrong (Glasgow University) and Beth Weaver (Strathclyde University) conducted research, in cooperation with the Scottish Prison Service, into the […]

30th April 2024

£1million research programme on effect of Scotland’s justice system on public health

23rd August 2021

University of Strathclyde to launch new MSc in Criminology & Social Policy in 2022

7th December 2020

Measuring Justice: New report published today

22nd November 2018

How just is justice? New project to develop ways of measuring justice experiences

15th May 2018

SCCJR gives oral evidence on Management of Offenders (Scotland) Bill

7th March 2017

SCCJR responds to proposed Scottish Crime and Justice Survey changes

21st December 2016

SCCJR criminologists to top the bill at British Society of Criminology conference

11th July 2016

Alistair Fraser and Beth Weaver share British Society of Criminology book prize

4th February 2013

‘Correct’ Exhibition by SCCJR Artist in Residence Project

British Society of Criminology 2024 – Glasgow

10th July 2024

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