Congratulations to Iris Po Yee Lo for First Prize in the Social Sciences Poster Presentation!
Posted: 22 Oct 2018

The Department congratulates Iris Po Yee Lo on winning first prize in the poster presentation of the Social Sciences Welcome and Induction event. 

Iris' poster presents the preliminary findings of her DPhil research, which serves as the first study to provide empirical knowledge about Chinese non-heterosexual women’s conception and formation of families in China. In particular, her research focuses on the ways in which these families have been shaped and constrained by government policies and the market, as well as familial and social norms. 

Iris has also been awarded a fellowship from St Catherine's College to support her final year of study.

Professor Melinda Mills elected to British Academy
Posted: 25 Jul 2018

The Department would like to congradulate Professor Melinda Mills on her election as a Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Mills is one of eight Oxford academics elected to the British Academy this year, and she joins more than 1,400 world-leading minds from universities across the UK who have been seen to produce the very best academic research in the humanities and social sciences.  Previous high profile Fellows include Sir Winston Churchill, C.S Lewis, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb.

Further information

Melinda Mills is Nuffield Professor of Sociology

Professor Melinda Mills recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours
Posted: 11 Jun 2018

The innovative interdisciplinary work of Professor Melinda Mills has been recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Professor Melinda Mills, Nuffield Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Fellow of Nuffield College, is appointed MBE for services to social science. Professor Mills’ research spans a broad range of interdisciplinary topics at the intersection of demography, sociology, molecular genetics and statistics. Her substantive research interests include fertility and human reproductive behaviour, assortative mating, labour market, life course and inequality. She is the author of several books on globalization and uncertainty, survival and event history models and a forthcoming book on applied statistical population genetics. She led the first genome-wide association study of human reproductive behaviour has led several ‘sociogenomic’ research projects funded by the ERC, Wellcome Trust, NWO and the ESRC-National Centre for Research Methods. She has an active interest in science and research policy and promoting the value of the social sciences in interdisciplinary research and is an Executive Council Member of the UKRI-ESRC Board and an Executive Member of the Supervisory Board (Raad van Toezicht) of the Dutch National Science Council (NWO). Professor Mills said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled by this honour and recognition of the strength of the social sciences in innovative interdisciplinary research. It has been a pleasure and honour to work with many talented co-researchers and students within my group and collaborators outside of the social sciences. I am convinced that radically different approaches will bring fundamentally new breakthroughs.’

Further information

Melinda Mills is Nuffield Professor of Sociology

Congratulations to Man Yee Kan on her ERC Consolidator Grant!
Posted: 28 Nov 2017

Professor Man Yee Kan received an ERC Consolidator Grant for her GenTime Project - Temporal structures of gender inequalities in Asian and Western welfare regimes.

Professor Kan's five-year project will eventually recruit one DPhil student and a number of postdocs.  Please watch the Sociology Department website for more information.

Further information

Man Yee Kan is Associate Professor in Sociology and Fellow of Linacre College

Professor Jonathan Gershuny awarded CBE
Posted: 19 Jun 2017

Professor Jonathan Gershuny, FBA, Professor of Economic Sociology, Co-Director of the Centre for Time Use Research in the Department of Sociology and Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College, is appointed CBE for services to the social sciences and sociology in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2017.

His research, which focuses on how people spend their time, aims to provide new answers to pressing questions about the evolution of the balance between work and leisure and between paid and unpaid work, the implications of such changes for health and wellbeing, and how they vary by country, age, gender and possession of material resources. Professor Gershuny said: 'This award reflects a very long-term effort – I started this in 1977 – to collect nationally representative samples of diaries that I could use to estimate historical changes in work and leisure patterns across the world. I am really pleased that the Centre for Time Use Research in Oxford University's Sociology Department is now receiving this public recognition!'
From Oxford University News and Events

Further information

Jonathan Gershuny is Professor of Sociology, Director of CTUR, Fellow of Nuffield College