Melinda Mills

Nuffield Professor of Sociology

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

College: Nuffield

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.

Email: Melinda Mills

Tel.: +44 01865 281740

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

Website: Personal Website

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Further Links: College profile

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 ( and the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods SOCGEN project ( is on the Executive Council of the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) RCUK and on the Supervisory Board (Raad van Toezicht) of the Dutch National Science Council (NWO).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 ( 

She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the European Sociological Review, a Fellow of the European Academy of Sociology.

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, 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 evolutionProceedings 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 womenJAMA 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 analysesNature 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 SolutionsEuropean 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 ComparisonSocial 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 EuropeJournal 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 expatriatesNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, DOI: 10.1177/0899764016634890