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 twenty years. He has published more than 40 peer reviewed articles, 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 is a member of the Editorial Team for ‘Social Policy and Administration’.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development 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


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 Steve
Social Policy and Administration Vol 49, pp. 143-160 (2015)
'Lean management', new technologies and employment in public health services : employees' experiences in the National Health Service
Lindsay Colin, Commander Johanna, Findlay Patricia, Bennie Marion, Corcoran Emma Dunlop, Van Der Meer Robert
International Journal of Human Resource Management Vol 25, pp. 2941-2956 (2014)
The 'new public governance' and employability services in an era of crisis : challenges for third sector organisations in Scotland
Lindsay Colin, Osborne Stephen P, Bond Sue
Public Administration Vol 92, pp. 192-207 (2014)
Disability Benefits, Welfare Reform and Employment Policy
Lindsay Colin, Houston Donald
Polarization in access to work-related training in Great Britain
Lindsay Colin, Canduela Jesus, Raeside Robert
Economic and Industrial Democracy Vol 34, pp. 205-225 (2013)
Promoting healthy pathways to employability : lessons for the UK's welfare-to-work agenda
Lindsay Colin, Dutton Matthew
Policy and Politics Vol 41, pp. 183-200 (2013)

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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'. 

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

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


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 - 17-Jan-2023
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
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
Fair Work in Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships
Findlay, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Pauline (Co-investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2020 - 14-Jan-2021
NPI Dignity & Respect
Lindsay, Colin (Principal Investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Co-investigator) Loeffler, Elke (Co-investigator) STEWART, Robert (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 27-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

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