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


Leadership in public sector organizations
Lindsay Colin
Organizational Leadership (2020) (2020)
Influencing Employers so More People Break Free from Poverty through Work
Findlay Patricia, Lindsay Colin, Watson Amy, Young Doug
Street-level practice, personalisation and co-production in employability : insights from local services with lone parents
Lindsay Colin, Pearson Sarah, Batty Elaine, Cullen Anne Marie, Eadson Will
Social Policy and Society Vol 18, pp. 647-658 (2019)
NHS Scotland Staff Experience and Continuous Improvement Model : Research into Implementation
Lindsay Colin, Stewart Robert, Findlay Patricia, Maguire Roma, Scholarios Dora, McQuarrie Johanna
Review of Partnership Working in NHS Scotland
Findlay Patricia, Stewart Robert, Lindsay Colin
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)

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

Challenge Poverty Business Roundtable
Keynote speaker
Challenge Poverty week event
Invited speaker
Business breakfast
SCER/Scottish Enterprise Workplace Innovation Masterclass 8
Invited presentation to Scotland Excel's senior leaders' workshop
Invited speaker
SCER/Scottish Enterprise Workplace Innovation Masterclass 7

More professional activities


Drivers and Productivity Impacts of Underemployment - insights on labour market effects and employers' decision-making in contrasting local labour markets
Lindsay, Colin (Principal Investigator)
24-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020
The PROPEL Hub - Productivity Outcomes of workplace Practice, Engagement and Learning
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Co-investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator) Shaw, Eleanor (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2022
Improving Management Practices, Work Engagement & Workplace Innovation for Productivity & Wellbeing
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
14-Jan-2019 - 13-Jan-2021
JRF What works: influencing employers on work and poverty
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
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

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Work, Employment and Organisation
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