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Personal Statement

Professor Colin Lindsay MA, MSc, PhD has been researching and teaching on employability, skills, public management and social policy for more than fifteen years. He has published more than 30 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and policy reports. His most recent book is ‘Disability benefits, welfare reform and employment policy’ (co-edited with Donald Houston, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

He serves on the Editorial Boards of two journals: ‘Education & Training’; and ‘Social Policy and Administration’. He has co-edited special issues of four journals: ‘Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy’; ‘Policy Studies’; 'Social Policy and Administration'; and ‘Work, Employment and Society’. He is a member of the Editorial Team for ‘Social Policy and Administration’.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the British Sociological Association and the Social Policy Association.

Research Interests

Professor Colin Lindsay's research interests include: public management reform; HRM and employment relations in the public sector; new governance in public policy; policy evaluation; employability, skills and access to training; experiences of low-skilled work; and approaches to promoting equality in the workplace. He works closely with the Scottish Centre for Employment Research (SCER), and is currently conducting research with colleagues at SCER on workplace innovation. He has conducted research for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills; the Scottish Government; the Scottish TUC; and the European Commission. His current research focuses on the link between health and employability; and the impact of new technology on employees’ experiences of job quality.

Dr Lindsay's research addresses a range of issues including:

  • public sector employment relations and work redesign (e.g. research recently published in the International Journal of Human Resource Management);
  • workplace innovation in SMEs (ongoing research with the Scottish Centre for Employment Research);
  • the governance of employability and labour market policies (e.g. research recently published in Public Administration);
  • labour market exclusion and the barriers faced by disadvantaged groups;
  • and inequalities in access to workplace training.

Teaching Interests

Professor Colin Lindsay teaches human resource management at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.  He is also Module Leader for programmes within the Department's undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

BA (Year 4 Honours UG) (Human Resource Management). Module Leader: ‘HRM and Employment Relations in Public Services Management’. 

BA (Year 3 Honours UG) (Human Resource Management). Module contributor: ‘Employment Relations’. 

MSc (PG) Human Resource Management/International Human Resource Management. Module Leader: ‘People Resourcing’. 

MSc (PG) Human Resource Management. Module contributor: ‘Critical Issues in Human Resources’; 'Leaning, Managing and Developing People'. 

Expertise & Capabilities

  • workplace innovation
  • performance management (with particular reference to public service organisations)
  • employee resourcing
  • training and development
  • professional practice in public services
  • public management and HRM
  • employability
  • health and labour market disadvantage

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Napier University

Master of Science, University of Bath

Master of Arts, University of Glasgow

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Projects 2012 2021

Selected Research Output 2002 2019

12 Citations (Scopus)

Assessing the evidence base on health, employability and the labour market: lessons for activation in the UK

Lindsay, C., Greve, B., Cabras, I., Ellison, N. & Kellett, S., Mar 2015, In : Social Policy and Administration. 49, 2, p. 143-160 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
labor market
11 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Public health
32 Citations (Scopus)

The 'new public governance' and employability services in an era of crisis: challenges for third sector organisations in Scotland

Lindsay, C., Osborne, S. & Bond, S., Mar 2014, In : Public Administration. 92, 1, p. 192-207 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

public service

Disability Benefits, Welfare Reform and Employment Policy

Lindsay, C. (ed.) & Houston, D. (ed.), 20 May 2013, Basingstoke. 264 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

employment policy
reform policy
labor market
10 Citations (Scopus)

Polarization in access to work-related training in Great Britain

Lindsay, C., Canduela, J. & Raeside, R., May 2013, In : Economic and Industrial Democracy. 34, 2, p. 205-225 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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12 Citations (Scopus)

Promoting healthy pathways to employability: lessons for the UK's welfare-to-work agenda

Lindsay, C. & Dutton, M., Apr 2013, In : Policy and Politics. 41, 2, p. 183-200 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



Strategic human resource development maturity : an investigation into Greek banks at the time of the economic crisis

Author: Mitsakis, F., 1 Oct 2015

Supervisor: Lindsay, C. (Supervisor) & Findlay, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2008 2019

  • 12 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 4 Editorial board member
  • 4 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in conference

Challenge Poverty week event

Patricia Findlay (Invited speaker), Colin Lindsay (Invited speaker)
8 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Challenge Poverty Business Roundtable

Patricia Findlay (Keynote speaker), Colin Lindsay (Keynote speaker)
9 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk