Head of Department, Nuffield Professor of Sociology
Degree: PhD Demography, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of Alberta, Canada
Research Areas: Social Inequality, Demography, Population Studies, Family Sociology, Social Stratification, Life Course, Globalisation, Human Development, Gender Practices in Household, Human Mate Selection, Reproductive Choices, Genetics.
Melinda Mills’ main research areas are 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 the Principal Investigator of the SOCIOGENOME project (www.sociogenome.com) and the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods SOCGEN project (http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/research/SoCGEN/) focussed on combining social science and molecular genetic research to examine inequality and the life course. She is also a leader of the Working Package on Childlessness and Assisted Reproductive Technology in the European FamiliesAndSocieties network (www.familiesandsocieties.eu).
Human reproductive behavior and fertility, life course, combining social and genetic research, cross-national comparative research, gender, partnering and assortative mating, event history models, R
Areas of supervision: I have supervised around 20 doctoral students and many master students on a variety of topics over the last years including: combining social science and genetic research, internet dating, fertility, gender, employment careers and labour market uncertainty, cross-national comparative research, life course trajectories, social stratification, event history modelling, mixed-methods. I would welcome applications in the areas of sociogenomics (see www.sociogenome.com), life course, family and labour market sociology.
Life Course research; event history methods; working with biosocial data
Selected 2016 and Advance Access publications
Barban, N…….M.C. Mills (forthcoming October 31 2016). “Genome-wide analysis identifies 12 loci influencing human reproductive behavior,” Nature Genetics, doi: 10.1038/ng.3698
Courtiol, A., F.C. Tropf & M.C.Mills (2016). When genes and environment disagree: making sense of trends in recent human evolution, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science PNAS, 113(26): 7693-7695, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1608532113 Open Access Publication!
Briley, D., F.C. Tropf, M.C.Mills (forthcoming). “What explains the heritability of completed fertility? Evidence from Two large Twin Studies,”Behaviour Genetics, doi:10.1007/s10519-016-9805-3
Stulp, G., R. Sear, M.Mills, L. Barrett. (forthcoming). The reproductive ecology of industrial societies: the association between wealth and fertility,Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective
Mehta, D.,…..M.C. Mills, N.R Way, S.Hong Lee. (2016). Evidence for genetic overlap between schizophrenia and age at first birth in women. JAMA Psychiatry, 73(3):193-194. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.2964.
Okbay, A. et al. (2016). Genetic variants associated with subjective well-being, depressive symptoms and neuroticism identified through genome-wide analyses. Nature Genetics. Published Online 18 April 2016, doi:10.1038/ng.3552
Präg, P, R. Wittek, M.C.Mills (2016). “The educational gradient in self-rated health in Europe: Does the doctor-patient relationship make a difference?” Acta Sociologica, doi: 10.1177/0001699316670715
Täht, K. & M. Mills. (2016). Out of Time. The Consequences of Non-standard Employment Schedules for Family Cohesion. New York: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-7402-4
Mills, M.C. & P. Präg. (2016). Methodological Advances in Cross-National Research: Multilevel Challenges and Solutions, European Sociological Review, 32(1): doi: 10.1093/esr/jcw009
Präg, P., M. Mills & R.P.M. Wittek. (2016). Subjective Socioeconomic Status and Health in Cross-National Comparison, Social Science & Medicine, 149: 84-92. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.11.044.
Potârcă, G., M. Mills & M. van Duijn. (forthcoming). The Choices and Constraints of Secondary Singles. Willingness to Stepparent among Divorced Online Daters across Europe, Journal of Family Issues, doi: 10.1177/0192513X16631017
Visser, M., L. Heyse, M.Mills & R.P.M. Wittek (forthcoming). Enabling work life balance in an unbalanced environment: Job autonomy and trust in management among humanitarian aid expatriates. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, DOI: 10.1177/0899764016634890
- Professor Melinda Mills and Dr Nicola Barban launch new website for ERC funded research project SOCIOGENOME
- Study by Prof Melinda Mills, Dr Felix Tropf and Dr Nicola Barban on genes and what part they play in the age of first-time mums and family size receives a lot of media attention
- Genome-wide analysis identifies 12 loci influencing human reproductive behavior
- 12 DNA areas ‘linked with the age at which we have our first child and family size’