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

Team: Meet the Team

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 ( 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 ( 

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