Professor David Collinson

Distinguished Professor of Leadership & Organisation

Research Interests

Critical perspectives on leadership, management and organisation, informed by post-structuralist approaches to power/subjectivity and gender/masculinity.

Current research focuses on leader-follower dialectics generally and ‘identity-security’ strategies in particular.

Over the past thirty years, I have conducted empirical research within various sectors from computing, insurance and engineering to North Sea oil and further education.

In 2009 I completed a three year secondment as the National Research Director (2006-2009) for the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL)/Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS).

Founding Co-Editor (with Keith Grint) of the peer reviewed, international journal 'Leadership'. The journal has established a reputation for critical, high quality and cutting-edge leadership research. In 2010 the journal was accepted into Thomson ISI Social Science Citation Index.

Founding Co-Organiser of the 'International Studying Leadership Conference'. In addition to being held three times at Lancaster University, this meeting has been hosted at the Universities of Oxford, Exeter, Cranfield, Warwick, Auckland, Birmingham, Lund, Copenhagen, Rome and Edinburgh.

  • Centre for Leadership Studies & Practice
  • People, Work and Organisation