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I am Professor of Applied Social Science and Assistant Dean for Research and Enterprise in the School of Media, Culture and Society at the University of the West of Scotland.

I studied Social Science, specialising in Social Theory, at Paisley College of Technology (graduating 1987), and was later sponsored by the Scottish Special Housing Association/Scottish Homes to study for the Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Administration at the University of Stirling (graduating 1991). I returned to the University of Paisley in 1993 to undertake a PhD in Political Sociology, which I completed in 1997 – and published as Language, Ideology and Social Consciousness: Developing a Sociohistorical Approach (Ashgate, 1999).

I have worked at the Paisley Campus of UWS since 1996, and am now a highly experienced applied social science academic and researcher, with a sustained track record of teaching excellence and collaborative and interdisciplinary research on key social and economic issues. I have extensive experience of working ‘beyond academia’ with a wide range of organisations across sectors and at different scales.

In 2011-12 I was co-creator of the pioneering UWS-Oxfam Partnership ‘for a more equitable and sustainable Scotland’, which I continue to lead on behalf of UWS. My recent collaborative research (with NHS Health Scotland, Glasgow Centre for Population Health and others) has focused, inter alia, on the public policy causes of the phenomenon of ‘excess mortality’ in contemporary Scotland and Glasgow, and has made a substantial contribution to the progress from description to explanation of that phenomenon.

Area of academic expertise - outline

I have published extensively on the economic, social and political development of Scotland in the 20th Century and beyond, looking at different times at industrial policy, housing and urban policy, community development and regional policy. My work has reflected on the role of language in processes of social change, and has contributed to theoretical discussions relevant to that – in particular by developing a critique of ‘critical discourse analysis’ and developing an alternative ‘cultural-historical’ approach. Over the past decade, I have published on health inequalities, and have collaborated with others in developing an explanation for the phenomenon of ‘excess mortality’ in contemporary Scotland and Glasgow.

Target collaborative organisations

British Academy; Leverhulme; ESRC and others

Current research activities

My recent research has focussed principally on health and health inequalities, with a particular focus on the phenomenon of 'excess mortality' in contemporary Scotland and Glasgow, and the role of public policy at various scales - particularly the 'regional' and urban scales - in its causation. I am currently leading a British Academy/Leverhulme funded project which is further developing this work.

Current teaching activities and interests

I currently teach on the MSc Applied Social Science Programme at the University of the West of Scotland, and also teach into the Global Health Programme at York University, Toronto.

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Research Output 1989 2019

Austerity and mortality in Spain: the perils of overcorrecting an analytic mistake

Collins, C., 1 Jul 2019, In : American Journal of Public Health. 109, 7, p. 963-965 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

On Target for 2030? An Independent Snapshot Review of Scotland’s Progress Against The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Pautz, H. (ed.), Tozan, O. (ed.), Bradley, P. (ed.), Collins, C., Sims, R. & Livingstone, J., Jul 2019, UWS-Oxfam Partnership. 82 p. (UWS-Oxfam Partnership, Collaborative Research Reports Series; no. 5)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Spiritual Beliefs and Mental Health: A Study of Muslim Women in Glasgow

Gunson, D., Nuttall, L., Akhtar, S., Khan, A., Avian, G., Thomas, L., Collins, C. (ed.), Sims, R. (ed.) & Pautz, H. (ed.), 15 Jan 2019, UWS-Oxfam Partnership. 31 p. (UWS-Oxfam Partnership: Collaborative Research Reports Series; no. 4)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Mental Health
Mental Health Services

The policy discourses that shaped the ‘transformation’ of Glasgow in the later 20th century: ‘overspill’, ‘redeployment’ and the ‘culture of enterprise’

Collins, C. & Levitt, I., Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) Transforming Glasgow: beyond the post-industrial city. Kintrea, K. & Madgin, R. (eds.). Bristol: Policy Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

regional economic policy
first generation
tertiary sector
world trade

Glasgow’s ‘intangible cultural heritage': ‘Workers City’ and the European City of Culture

Collins, C. & Levitt, I., 14 May 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Intangible Cultural Heritage
European City of Culture

Activities 2016 2019

Health and Health Inequalities in Scotland: Explaining Glasgow’s ‘excess mortality

Chik Collins (Speaker)
28 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


UWS-Oxfam Partnership (Publisher)

Hartwig Pautz (Peer reviewer), Charles Collins (Editor), Rhiannon Sims (Editor)
14 Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review


community development
economic change