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Professor David Collinson

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.




Appointed to Chair in Leadership and Organisation at Lancaster in January 2002.

Previously at the Universities of Warwick, South Florida, St. Andrews and Manchester.

In 2001 I was also elected as the Hallsworth Visiting Professor at Manchester Business School.

I have a BSc, MSc (by research) and PhD all in management and have published 13 books and over one hundred articles, chapters and research reports that seek to contribute to the development of critical approaches to leadership and management studies.

2008   Lancaster University Research Prize (Established Researchers) awarded for ‘excellent work in the field of leadership’


Current Teaching

I organise the 3rd year BSc undergraduate course in 'Rethinking Leadership' and also teach on Mngt 200, and specialist Masters programmes as well as supervise doctoral students.


PhD, School of Management, UMIST (1988)

MSc (by research), School of Management, UMIST (1981)

BSc (Hons), Dept. of Management Sciences, UMIST (1978)

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