Professor Colin Lindsay

Work, Employment and Organisation


Personal statement

Professor Colin Lindsay MA, MSc, PhD has been researching and teaching on employability, employment and skills, public management and social policy for more than twenty five years. He has published more than 70 peer reviewed articles, books, book chapters and policy reports. His books include ‘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 the journals: ‘Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy’; ‘Policy Studies’; and 'Social Policy and Administration'. He was a member of the Editorial Team for ‘Social Policy and Administration’, 2013-23.

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

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Area of Expertise

  • 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

Prize And Awards

Awarded Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence ‘Top 50 Management Articles of 2004’

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Business models, innovation and employees' experiences in the workplace : challenges for the post-Covid-19 economy
Findlay Patricia, Lindsay Colin, Roy Graeme
Productivity and the Pandemic Challenges and Insights from Covid- 19 (2021) (2021)
Diaries from the front line - formal supervision and job quality among social care workers during austerity
Cunningham Ian, Lindsay Colin, Roy Chandrima
Human Resource Management Journal Vol 31, pp. 187-201 (2021)
Collaborative innovation and activation in urban labour markets
Lindsay Colin, Pearson Sarah, Batty Elaine, Cullen Anne Marie, Eadson Will
European Urban and Regional Studies Vol 28, pp. 282-297 (2021)
Collaborative innovation in labour market inclusion
Lindsay Colin, Pearson Sarah, Batty Elaine, Cullen Anne Marie, Eadson Will
Public Administration Review Vol 81, pp. 925-934 (2021)
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)
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)

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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'. 

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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.

Professor 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

How can ‘fair work’ and job crafting promote engagement and wellbeing in your team? Presentation to Universities HR Connects Scotland Event
Invited speaker
Workplace Innovation and AI, Remarks to Prosper Scotland event "How AI can improve productivity within the construction sector"
Invited speaker
ESRC PrOPEL Hub Knowledge Into Practice Event: Workplace Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and The Role of Flexible Working
Can distributed leadership support team innovation in health and care? Presentation to Inspiring Innovation in Cancer Care webinar
Invited speaker
Research for practice - what works in employee motivation & well-being? Presentation to CIPD Conference Evidence Lab Live
Invited speaker
ESRC Festival of Social Science PrOPEL Hub Workshop: Explore and Embed Workplace Wellbeing: 5 Evidence-based Principles

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Levers for Fair Work in 1) Scotland
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator) McQuarrie, Johanna (Research Co-investigator) Remnant, Jennifer (Research Co-investigator)
14-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Made Smarter Network+
MacBryde, Jillian (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 28-Jan-2025
Good Work Index - Additional Analysis
Stewart, Robert (Principal Investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Co-investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator) McIntyre, Stuart (Co-investigator)
Consultancy Project, External Terms, Split Payment
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
CIPD Good Work Index
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator) McIntyre, Stuart (Co-investigator) Stewart, Robert (Co-investigator)
Consultancy Project, external terms, payable on completion
15-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
KTP - SHE Transmission. The project will embed engaging work practices, flexible management processes and systemic capacity for the effective implementation of strategy and innovation initiatives.(2 associates)
Mackay, David (Principal Investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Co-investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator) Smith, Marisa (Co-investigator)
18-Jan-2021 - 04-Jan-2024
Supporting Innovative Work Behaviours to Drive DEAS Innovation in Fintech
Lindsay, Colin (Principal Investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Co-investigator) Revie, Matthew (Co-investigator) Murray, Nicola (Research Co-investigator)
08-Jan-2021 - 07-Jan-2021

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Professor Colin Lindsay
Work, Employment and Organisation

Tel: 548 3976