Lindsay Paterson

Professor of Educational Policy
University of Edinburgh
Professor of Educational Policy


Lindsay Paterson is professor of education policy in the School of Social and Political Science at Edinburgh University. His main academic interests are in education policy, social mobility, civic engagement and political attitudes. He has contributed to many debates in Scotland since the early 1990s on the impact of education policies, and on the importance of policy implementation in achieving or modifying the aims of policy-makers. He currently (2018-21) holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship in which he is using Scotland’s internationally unique series of surveys of school students between the 1950s and the 1990s to investigate the impact of education policy and social change in the second half of the twentieth century.

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20 years devolution

Education and the Scottish Parliament

Professor Lindsay Paterson (University of Edinburgh) reviews the Scottish Parliament's "confused" record on education.

What next for evidence-based political debate?

A series of UK General Election 2017 blogs by The Academy of Government on the theme of ‘What next….?’ The opening blog by Lindsay Paterson reflects on evidence-based political debate

Is education policy driving Scotland and England apart?

Lindsay Paterson discusses how there are more similarities of culture, of opportunity, and of cultural ideas between Scotland and England than the rhetoric of politics sometimes indicates.

Attitudes to Gaelic and to Scottish Autonomy

Lindsay Paterson discusses the status of national languages and how people’s support for Gaelic is measured by their hopes for the future number of Gaelic speakers.