Chik Collins

Affilated Professor, Faculty of History and Social Sciences, PhD, Former Rector (Vice Chancellor), 01.09.2019-31.12.2022

  • Faculty of History and Social Sciences, Jónas Broncks gøta 25, 4th floor, FO-100 Tórshavn

    Faroe Islands

1996 …2022

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Professor Chik Collins was previously Rector (Vice Chancellor) of the University of the Faroe Islands (01.09.2019-31.12.2022), and is now an Affiliated Professor in the University's Faculty of History and Social Sciences.

Chik is a social scientist whose principal current affiliation is as Director of the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, and, through that, he is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow.

Chik was based at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), and its predecessor institution, the University of Paisley, between 1993 and 2019. He was awarded his PhD in 1997 at the latter institution, and later progressed to become Professor of Applied Social Science and a senior manager within the University. Chik also retains a position at the University of the West of Scotland as Visiting Professor of Applied Social Science.

During his time at the University of the West of Scotland, Professor Collins co-founded and led, on behalf of UWS, the innovative UWS-Oxfam Partnership - 'for a more equitable and sustainable Scotland'.

Research interests

Professor Collins has published extensively on language and social change, community development and urban policy. Over the past decade or so, he has worked as part of a research team focused on accounting for the problematic excess mortality in Scotland and in particular Glasgow. A fuller sense of his research interests and collaborations can be obtained from reviewing the research outputs and activities recorded on this profile - click on the buttons above.


Professor Collins’ Google scholar profile is here.

Key publications in recent years include:

  • Gerry McCartney, Elinor Dickie, Oliver Escobar and Chik Collins, “Using inequalities in power to operationalise fundamental causes theory and focus action to reduce health inequalities”, 50 (1), pp40-58, 2021.
  • Hartwig Pautz, Sally A. Wright and Chik Collins, “Job Quality, Fair Work and Decent Work in Scotland: An Agenda-Setting Analysis”, Journal of Social Policy (published online 13th Nov 2019), 50 (1), pp40-58, 2021.
  • Chik Collins and Ian Levitt, “The Policy Discourses that Shaped the ‘Transformation’ of Glasgow in the Later 20th Century: ‘Overspill’, ‘Redeployment’ and the ‘Culture of Enterprise’”, in Keith Kintrea and Rebecca Madgin (eds.), Transforming Glasgow: Beyond the Post-Industrial City, Bristol: Policy Press, pp.21-38, 2020.
  • David Walsh, Gerry McCartney, Chik Collins, Martin Taulbut and G. David Batty, “History, politics and vulnerability: Explaining excess mortality in Scotland and Glasgow”, Public Health, 151, pp.1-12, 2017.
  • Mhairi MacKenzie, Chik Collins, John Connolly, Mick Doyle and Gerry McCartney, “Working-class discourses of politics, policy and health: ‘I don't smoke and don't drink. The only thing wrong with me is my health’", Policy and Politics, 45 (2), pp.231-250, 2017.
  • Chik Collins and Ian Levitt, “The ‘modernisation’ of Scotland and its impact on Glasgow, 1955-1979: ‘unwanted side effects’ and vulnerabilities” Scottish Affairs, 25 (3), pp.294-316, 2016.
  • Alex Scott-Samuel, Clare Bambra, Chik Collins, David J Hunter, Gerry McCartney and Kat Smith, “The impact of Thatcherism on health and well-being in Britain”, International Journal of Health Services 44 (1),  pp.53-71,2014.
  • Gerry McCartney, Chik Collins and Mhairi Mackenzie, “What (or Who) Causes Health Inequalities? Theories, Evidence and Implications”, Health Policy, 113, pp.221-227, 2013. 

For fuller information on publications, please look under Research Output (and other tabs) above.


Over a long academic career, Professor Collins taught at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate study in social science, in courses including: Historical Studies; Concepts and Theories of Politics; Democracy in the UK?; The Politics of Social Policy; Who Governs?; Sociology and Social Inequality; Methodology and Methods; Green Politics; Urban Politics and Policy: Urban Regneration; Explorations in Ideology and Language; Critical Discourse Analysis; Ideology and Values in Social Policy, and Demoracy and Social Justice.

Professional Information

Professor Collins is a member of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD in Political Sociology , University of Paisley

Award Date: 9 Oct 1997

Master, Post-Graduate Diploma in Housing Administration , University of Stirling

Award Date: 31 Jul 1991

Bachelor, BA Social Science (Social Theory) , Paisley College of Technology

Award Date: 30 Jun 1987

External positions

Director, Glasgow Centre for Population Health

9 Jan 2023 → …

Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland UK

9 Jan 2023 → …

Member of the Board of Sjókovin, Blue Resource: An independent, not-for-profit research centre based in the Faroe Islands:, Sjókovin - Blue Resource

30 Mar 202031 Dec 2022

Visiting Professor of Applied Social Science, University of the West of Scotland

1 Oct 201930 Sept 2024

Inistitutional Lead for the University of the West of Scotland - Oxfam Partnership - for a more equitable and sustainable Scotland, University of the West of Scotland

Oct 2012Sept 2019

Past External Examiner, Bacelor's Programme in Social Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University

Past External Examiner, Institute of Development Studies, Masters in Power, Participation and Social Change, University of Sussex


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