Degree: PhD Demography, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of Alberta, Canada

College: Nuffield

Email: Melinda Mills

Tel.: +44 01865 286181

Office: Room 313
Department of Sociology
Manor Road Building
Manor Road

Website: Personal Website

Further Links: College profile

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Melinda Mills

Head of Department, Nuffield Professor of Sociology

Research Areas: Family Sociology, Life Course, Human Development, Gender Practices in Household, Human Mate Selection, Reproductive Choices, Genetics.


 Melinda Mills’ main research areas are currently in the area of combining a social science and genetic approach to the study of behavioural outcomes, with a focus on fertility, partnerships and assortative mating. She joined the University of Oxford in 2014 and was previously at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands (2006-2014), Free University Amsterdam (2002-2005) and the University of Bielefeld, Germany (2000-2002). She holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Groningen (2000) and a Master and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Alberta, Canada.

She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the European Sociological Review, a Fellow of the European Academy of Sociologyand Board Member of the European Consortium for Sociological Research.​


Research Interests

Life course, combining social and genetic research, family and fertility, cross-national comparative research, gender, partnering and assortative mating, event history models



Recent (selected) publications

Präg, P., M. Mills & R.P.M. Wittek (2014) “Income and income inequality as social determinants of health: Do social comparisons play a role?” European Sociological Review, 30 (2): 218-229.

Ivanova, K., Mills, M. and R. Veenstra (2014). “Parental Residential and Partnering Transitions as Triggers of Adolescent Romantic Relationships,” Journal of Marriage and Family, 76: 465–475

Stulp, G, Mills, M., T. Pollet & Barrett, L. (2014) “Non-linear associations between stature and mate choice characteristics for American men and their spouses,” American Journal of Human Biology, 26(4): 530-537.

Balbo, N., Billari, F.C. and Mills, M. (2013). “Fertility in advanced societies: A review,” European Journal of Population, 29: 1-38.

Begall, K.H. and M.Mills (2013) “The Influence of Educational Field, Occupation and Occupational Sex Segregation on Fertility in the Netherlands,” European Sociological Review, 29 (4): 720-742

Potârcă, G., Mills, M. and Lesnard, L. (2013) “Family formation trajectories in Romania, the Russian Federation and France: Towards the Second Demographic Transition?” European Journal of Population, 29: 69-101.

Mooi-Reci, I. and M. Mills (2012). “Gender Inequality and Unemployment Reforms: Lessons from twenty years of unemployment insurance benefit experiments”, Social Forces, 91(2): 583-608.

Täht, K. and M.Mills (2012). “Non-standard work schedules and parent-child interaction: A mixed-method couple analysis,” Journal of Family Issues, 33(8): 1054-1087.

Poortman, A.-R. and M. Mills (2012). “Joint investments in marriage and cohabitation: The role of legal and symbolic factors,” Journal of Marriage and Family 74(2): 357-376.

Ivanova, K., R. Veenstra, and M. Mills. (2012). “Who Dates? The Effects of Temperament, Puberty, and Parenting on Early Adolescent Experience with Dating. The TRAILS study,” Journal of Early Adolescence. 32(3): 340-363

Mills, M. (2011).Introducing Survival and Event History Analysis. (in R)Thousand Oaks, CA/London: Sage. (279 pages). Companion website for book:

Mills, M., R.R. Rindfuss, P. McDonald and E. te Velde (2011).“Why do people postpone parenthood? Reasons and social policy incentives,” Human Reproduction Update, 17(6): 848-860.

Balbo, N.F.G and M. Mills (2011). “Social capital and pressure in fertility decision- making: second and third births in France, Germany and Bulgaria,” Population Studies, 65(3): 335-351.

Begall, K.H. and M. Mills (2011). “The impact of perceived work control, job strain and work-family conflict on fertility intentions: A European comparison,” European Journal of Population. 27(4): 433-456.

Ivanova, K., M. Mills and R. Veenstra. (2011). “The initiation of dating in adolescence: The effect of parental divorce. The TRAILS study,” Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21(4): 769-775.

Balbo, N.F.G. and M. Mills (2011). “The influence of the family network on the realization of fertility intentions,” Vienna Yearbook of Population Research Vol. 19: 187-215.