Professor Colin Lindsay

Work, Employment and Organisation

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.


Has expertise in:

    • 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


Co-production and social innovation in street-level employability services : lessons from services with lone parents in Scotland
Lindsay Colin, Pearson Sarah, Batty Elaine, Cullen Anne Marie, Eadson Will
International Social Security Review Vol 71, pp. 33-50 (2018)
Street-level practice and the co-production of third sector-led employability services
Lindsay Colin, Pearson Sarah, Batty Elaine, Cullen Anne Marie, Easdon Will
Policy and Politics Vol 46, pp. 517-587 (2018)
Co‐production as a route to employability : lessons from services with lone parents
Lindsay Colin, Pearson Sarah, Batty Elaine, Cullen Anne Marie, Eadson Will
Public Administration Vol 96, pp. 318-332 (2018)
Collaborative innovation, new technologies and work redesign
Lindsay Colin, Findlay Patricia, McQuarrie Johanna, Bennie Marion, Corcoran Emma, Van Der Meer Robert
Public Administration Review Vol 78, pp. 251-260 (2018)
Employer choice and job quality : workplace innovation, work redesign and employee perceptions of job quality in a complex healthcare setting
Findlay Patricia, Lindsay Colin, McQuarrie Jo, Bennie Marion, Corcoran Emma D, Van Der Meer Robert
Work and Occupations Vol 44, pp. 113-136 (2017)
Personalization and street level practice in activation : the case of the UK's work programme
Fuertes Vanesa, Lindsay Colin
Public Administration Vol 94, pp. 526-541 (2016)

more publications


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'. 

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.

Professional activities

Social Policy and Administration (Journal)
Editorial board member
Journal of Social Policy (Journal)
Editorial board member
Education and Training (Journal)
Editorial board member
Work, Employment and Society (Journal)
Editorial board member

more professional activities


JRF What works: influencing employers on work and poverty
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Review of Partnership Working in NHS Scotland
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
09-Jan-2018 - 21-Jan-2018
FITwork in the Scottish Social Care Sector
Lindsay, Colin (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
The View from Here: understanding the experience of front line care workers
Cunningham, Ian (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2015
Harnessing knowledge, research & networks to drive fair, innovative & transformative work in Scotland
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Research Co-investigator) McQuarrie, Johanna (Researcher)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2017
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Latina, Daniela
Lindsay, Colin (Principal Investigator) Nickson, Dennis (Co-investigator) Latina, Daniela (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 01-Jan-2018

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Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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