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Sociology: People


Scott Tindal

Scott Tindal
Scott Tindal
Edinburgh EH8 9AG
Research Interests
Sociology of the family and kinship, Sociology of Knowledge, knowledge exchange between research and policy, Sociology of the military, Geographies of migration, spatial mobility

Scott Tindal is a Research Fellow at the Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences & Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in the sociology of families & relationships, and their connections to the state and globalisation. He has developed this interest through two disciplinary lenses; holding a MA and MSc in Geography (Dundee) and a PhD in Sociology (Edinburgh). He currently works on the Future Reserves Research Programme.

Between 2013 and 2014 Scott worked as a Research Fellow at the University of St. Andrews (Geography). He worked on a number of projects examining the perceptions, patterns and drivers of student and labour migration within Scotland, and its intersection with constitutional change. This research was part of the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland Programme.

In 2016 Scott started working on the ESRC Future Reserves Research Programme. This programme examines the voluntary reserve of the British armed forces. His work examines how voluntary Reservists, their families, and work colleagues experience and negotiate the intersecting life domains of military service, (civilian) work, and family at a time when the British armed forces are undergoing significant organisational change. This work sits at the intersection of the sociology of the military, the family, the labour market, and the state.

In terms of empirical work, Scott has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and conducting seconding primary and secondary analyses in each. He also has experience in conducting social network analyses.

In terms of teaching, Scott has tutored introductory sociology, delivered a workshop on social network analysis, and helped design and deliver a course on contemporary Scottish society.

McCollum, D., Tindal, S., Findlay, A.M. (2016) The political economy of immigration policy. The example of Scotland. Scottish Affairs 25 (4): 506-529.

Tindal, S., Packwood, H., Findlay, A., Leahy, S., McCollum, D. (2015) In what sense ‘distinctive’? The search for distinction amongst cross-border student migrants in the UK. Geoforum 64: 90-99.

McCollum, D., Nowok, B., Tindal, S. (2014) Public attitudes towards migration in Scotland: exceptionality and possible policy implications. Scottish Affairs 23 (1): 79-102.

McCollum, D., Tindal, S., Findlay, A. (2015) The political economy of immigration policy: the example of Scotland. CPC Working Paper 58.

Tindal, S., Findlay, A., Wright, R. (2014) The changing significance of EU and international students’ participation in Scottish higher education. CPC Working Paper 49.

Tindal, S., McCollum, D., Bell, D. (2014) Immigration policy and constitutional change: the perspective of Scottish employers and industry representatives. CPC Working Paper 44.

Tindal, S., McCollum, D., Bell, D. (2014) Immigration policy and constitutional change: the perspective of Scottish employers. CPC Briefing Paper 15.

Tindal, S., Wright, R., Findlay, A., Bell, D. (2013) European Union and international students in Scottish higher education institutions. CPC Briefing Paper 13.

Tindal, S. (2012) Book review: ‘Habiter la ville: evolution démographique et attractivité résidentielle d’une ville-centre’ by Patrick Rérate. Population, Space and Place 18 (3): 403.

Tindal, S. (2011) Book review: ‘Who needs migrant workers? Labour shortages, immigration, and public policy’ by Martin Ruhs and Bridget Anderson (eds). Population, Space and Place 17 (5): 693-695.