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Dr Colin Lindsay


Human Resource Management

Personal statement

Dr Colin Lindsay 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


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)
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, pp. 1-17, (2017)
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)
The View from Here : People's experiences of working in social services: A qualitative analysis
Cunningham Ian, Roy Chandrima, Lindsay Colin
Assessing the evidence base on health, employability and the labour market - lessons for activation in the UK
Lindsay Colin, Greve Bent, Cabras Ignazio, Ellison Nick, Kellett Stephen
New Perspectives on Health, Disability, Welfare and the Labour MarketBroadening Perspectives in Social Policy, (2015)

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Dr Colin Lindsay is Course Director for both of the Department of Human Resource Management's full-time Masters programmes.  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’. 

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

MSc (PG) Human Resource Management. Module contributor: ‘Managing Human Resources’. 

Course Director, MSc (PG full-time) Human Resource Management.

Course Director, MSc (PG full-time) International Human Resource Management.

Research interests

Dr 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

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JRF What works: influencing employers on work and poverty
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2018 - 30-Jun-2018
FITwork in the Scottish Social Care Sector
Lindsay, Colin (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Latina, Daniela
Lindsay, Colin (Principal Investigator) Nickson, Dennis (Co-investigator) Latina, Daniela (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Jan-2018
The View from Here: understanding the experience of front line care workers
Cunningham, Ian (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2015 - 31-Oct-2015
Workplace Innovation Consortium (ERDF Project)
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator) Chalmers, Dominic (Academic) Matthews, Russell (Researcher)
This project will provide an industry facing Workplace Innovation Coalition (WIC) to support organisational change and innovation in SMEs in Scotland. The WIC unites multi-disciplinary academic expertise with industry leaders to identify workplace challenges, evaluate alternative solutions and provide expert support to deliver outcomes that align the needs of all workplace stakeholders. It will apply best practice from research on employee-led innovation, workplace development, operations management and enterprising behaviour to establish their effectiveness in improving productivity and the quality of working life, focussing on how business innovation can improve workplace performance and promote greater equality, sustainability and social inclusion.
Period 24-Mar-2014 - 24-Mar-2015
Making it Work Evaluation
Lindsay, Colin (Principal Investigator)
Period 14-Jun-2013 - 13-Jun-2017

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