His research interests are in innovation strategies, e-government, e-commerce and the intellectual property of digital technologies. He has published many academic articles on these subjects and presented papers to international conferences.
Previously, he has worked as research consultant for the World Bank culminating in a report into administrative capacities for e-government harmonisation in the EU.
Colin has represented GCU on the ERDF funded INNOVATE project that focused on economic growth strategies for the knowledge-based and creative industries in the Atlantic Area. He has also been GCU principal investigator for ERDF funded HARVEST ATLANTIC project researching economic development of the maritime economy in the Atlantic area.