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.
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'.
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.
- Introducing ESRC PrOPEL Hub research papers, invited talk at CIPD Applied Research Conference
- Invited speaker
- Putting research into practice: navigating change, invited talk at CIPD Applied Research Conference
- Invited speaker
- Job satisfaction, job crafting, joy in work, invited talk to Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management: International Healthcare Leadership Conference 2022
- Distributed leadership and healthcare, invited talk to Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management: International Healthcare Leadership Conference 2022
- Invited plenary talk to ESRC Festival of Engaged Scholarship, Manchester
- Invited speaker
- British Academy of Management (External organisation)
More professional activities
- 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 - 31-Jan-2024
- 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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