Melinda Mills is Nuffield Professor of Sociology at Nuffield College and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. She received her MA in Sociology at the University of Alberta, Canada and Ph.D. in Demography at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the European Sociological Review from 2012-2017 and is the Principal Investigator of the ERC funded SOCIOGENOME project (www.sociogenome.com). In 2017, she was appointed as a Council Member of the UK national social science funding body, the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council). Her main areas of research include fertility, partnerships, work-family reconciliation, work schedules, biodemography and sociogenomics. Her current projects examine late motherhood and the social and genetic influences on fertility and family behaviour. She recently published an introductory book on survival and event history methods in the statistical programme R.
Melinda C. Mills
Nuffield Professor of Sociology
Head, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College
Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ England
Nuffield College, New Road, Oxford OX1 1NF England
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09/2000, Ph.D. in Demography (cum laude/with distinction), Population Research Centre, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Title of Dissertation: The Transformation of Partnerships. Canada, the Netherlands, and the Russian Federation. Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Frans J. Willekens. Dissertation Committee: Prof. dr. Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Prof. dr. Dirk Van de Kaa, Prof. dr. Jouke van Dijk, Prof. dr. James Vaupel
09/1996, Master of Arts in Sociology, Faculty of Sociology, University of Alberta, Canada (2 year program in Canadian education system). Title of Dissertation: The Socio-Economic Conditions of the Métis of Alberta: Inequalities in Education, Employment and Income
04/1994, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Faculty of Sociology, University of Alberta, Canada (4 year program in Canadian education system)
2012, PhD courses, Genetic courses in data analysis of twin studies (Mx software), family studies (MERLIN), candidate-gene association studies (Haploview, QUANTO), gene-environmental and gene-gene interactions, data analysis of Genome-Wide Association Studies (PLINK, WGAViewer), University Medical Centre Groningen, The Netherlands
2014- present Nuffield Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford, Department of Sociology and Nuffield College, United Kingdom
2006-2014 Department of Sociology/ICS, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen the Netherlands
02/2011-2014 Full Professor Sociology of the Life Course Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow
12/2008-01/2011 Adjunct Professor Sociology of the Life Course Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow
01/2008-11/2008 Associate Professor and Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow
01/2006-12/2007 Assistant Professor and Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow
08-12/2009 Scientific Advisor, Evaluation of the Life course regulation (levensloopregeling), Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, Advice to Dutch Parliament.
11/2002-12/2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Social Research Methodology/Department of Social-Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands
10/2001-10/2002 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, Germany.
06/2000-09/2001 Senior Researcher, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, Germany. Researcher in GLOBALIFE project: Life courses in the Globalization Process, Funded by Volkswagen Foundation (with Prof. dr. Hans-Peter Blossfeld)
09/1996-05/2000 Ph.D. Researcher, Population Research Centre, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Research funded by: a) a Doctoral Stipend from the Population Research Centre, University of Groningen (1996-97) and, b) a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Government of Canada (1998-2000)
05/1995-04/1996 Project Manager, 1995 Métis Settlements Survey, Population Research Laboratory, University of Alberta, Canada. Research funded by the Federal Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and the Métis Settlements General Council
09/1994-04/1995 Research Assistant, Population Research Laboratory, University of Alberta, Canada
01-03/1995 Research Scientist (project contract), Alberta Advanced Education and Career Development, Policy Development, Government of Alberta, Canada
2012-2017 Editor-in-Chief, European Sociological Review
2003-2010 Editor, International Sociology, Journal of the International Sociological Association
2011-2015 Member Reviewer Board, Demographic Research
2010-present Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Family Research/ Zeitschrift für Familienforschung
2008-present Member of Editorial Board, Canadian Studies in Population
2002-2010 Member of Editorial Board, book series ‘Population Studies’, Dutch University Press, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2010-2012 Member of Editorial Board, Sociopedia, International Sociological Association
Tropf, F.C. et al. M.C. Mills. (2017). ‘Hidden heritability due to heterogeneity across seven populations,’ Nature Human Behaviour, 1: 757-765. To access this publication: rdcu.be/vM1N
Verweij, R.M., M.C. Mills et al. (2017). ‘Sexual dimorphism in the genetic influence on human childlessness,’ European Journal of Human Genetics, 25: 1067-74. [OPEN ACCESS]
Mills, M.C., N. Barban & F.C. Tropf. (forthcoming). ‘The Sociogenomics of Polygenic Scores of Reproductive Behavior and Their Relationship to Other Fertility Traits,’ RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 4(4), doi: 10.7758/RSF.2018.4.4.07.
Präg, P. & M.C. Mills. (2017). ‘Cultural determinants influence assisted reproduction usage in Europe more than economic and demographic factors’, Human Reproduction, 32(11): 2305-2314. [OPEN ACCESS] To access the data manual to replicate this article, click here. To access the dataset to replicate this article, click here.
Barbuscia, A. & M. C. Mills. (2017). ‘Cognitive development in children up to age 11 years born after ART – a longitudinal cohort study,’ Human Reproduction. 32(7): 1482-88. [OPEN ACCESS]
Präg, P. & M. C. Mills (2017). “Assisted Reproductive Technology in Europe: Usage and Regulation in the Context of Cross-Border Reproductive Care,” pp. 289-309, in: Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes and Consequences. Springer. [OPEN ACCESS]
Briley, D., F.C. Tropf, M.C.Mills (2017). “What explains the heritability of completed fertility? Evidence from Two large Twin Studies,” Behaviour Genetics, 47(1): 36-51.
Potârcă, G., M. Mills & M. van Duijn. (2017). The Choices and Constraints of Secondary Singles. Willingness to Stepparent among Divorced Online Daters across Europe, Journal of Family Issues, 38(10): 1443-1470.
Präg, P, R. Wittek, M.C.Mills (2017). “The educational gradient in self-rated health in Europe: Does the doctor-patient relationship make a difference?” Acta Sociologica, 60(4): 325-341.
Barban, N…….M.C. Mills (2016). Genome-wide analysis identifies 12 loci influencing human reproductive behavior, Nature Genetics, 48: 1462-1472, doi: 10.1038/ng.3698
For Frequently Asked Questions, see: http://www.sociogenome.com/data/NG2016FAQ/
For a film about this research, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PWSfWSb5KwE
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
Okbay, A. et al. (2016) Genetic variants associated with subjective well-being, depressive symptoms and neuroticism identified through genome-wide analyses. Nature Genetics. 48: 624-633, doi:10.1038/ng.3552
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.
Stulp, G., R. Sear, M.Mills, L. Barrett. (2016). The reproductive ecology of industrial societies: the association between wealth and fertility, Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective, 27: 445-470, doi: doi:10.1007/s12110-016-9272-9
Täht, K. & M. Mills. (2016). Out of Time. The consequences of nonstandard employment schedules for family cohesion. New York: Springer. CLICK HERE for a description of this book.
Mills, M.C. & P. Präg. (2016). Methodological Advances in Cross-National Research: Multilevel Challenges and Solutions, European Sociological Review, 32(1): 1-2. 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.
Visser, M., L. Heyse, M.Mills & R.P.M. Wittek (2016) Enabling work life balance in an unbalanced environment: Job autonomy and trust in management among humanitarian aid expatriates. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45(6): 1191-1213. DOI: 10.1177/0899764016634890
Begall, K., M. Mills & H.B.G. Ganzeboom. (2015). Non-Standard Work Schedules and Childbearing in the Netherlands: A Mixed-Method Couple Analysis, Social Forces, 93(3): 957-988. doi: 10.1093/sf/sou110
Tropf, F. C., Mills, M., Barban, N., Stulp, G., and H. Snieder (2015) Human fertility, molecular genetics and natural selection in modern societies, PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0126821, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126821
Darak, S., M. Mills, V. Kulkarni, S. Kulkarni, I. Hutter & F. Janssen. (2015), Trajectories of childbearing among HIV infected Indian women: A sequence analysis approach, PLoS ONE, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124537.
Stulp, G., L. Barrett, F. Tropf & M. Mills (2015). Does natural selection favour taller stature among the tallest people on earth?, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282 (1806). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0211.
Mills, M. & F. Tropf (2015). The biodemography of fertility: A review and future research frontiers, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 67(Suppl 1):397-424. DOI 10.1007/s11577-015-0319-4
Tropf, F. C.,Barban, N., M. Mills, Snieder, H. & J. Mandemakers (2015) Genetic influence on age at first birth of female twins born in the UK, 1919-68, Population Studies, pp. 129-145. DOI:10.1080/00324728.2015.1056823
Potârcă, G & M. Mills. (2015). Racial preferences in online dating across European countries, European Sociological Review, 31 (3): 326-341. doi: 10.1093/esr/jcu093
Potârcă, G., M. Mills & W. Neberich. (2015). Relationship Preferences among Gay and Lesbian Online Daters: Individual and Contextual Influences, Journal of Marriage and Family. Volume 77(2): 523–541. DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12177
Sweeney, M., Castro, T. & M. Mills. (2015). The reproductive context of cohabitation in a comparative perspective, Demographic Research, 32(5): 147-182. DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.32.5
Mills, M. C. (2015). The Dutch Fertility Paradox: How the Netherlands Has Managed to Sustain Near-Replacement Fertility, Low and Lower Fertility, pp. 167-188, New York: Springer. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-21482-5.
Korff, V.P., N. Balbo, M. Mills, L. Heyse & R. Wittek. (2015). The impact of humanitarian context conditions and individual characteristics on aid worker retention, Disasters, 39(3): 522–545. doi: 10.1111/disa.12119.
Djundeva, M., M. Mills et al. (2015). Receiving Instrumental Support in Late Parent-Child Relationships and Parental Depression, Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 70 (6): 981-994.doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu136
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.
Damman, M., Heyse, L. and M. Mills. (2014). Gender, Occupation, and Promotion to Management in the Nonprofit Sector: The Critical case of MSF Holland, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 25(2): 97-111.
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
Basten, S., Sobotka, T., K. Zeman et al. (2014). Future Fertility in Low Fertility Countries, In: World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century, W. Lutz, B. Butz & K.C. Samir (Eds.). Oxford University Press.
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.
Balbo, N., Billari, F.C. and Mills, M. (2013). Fertility in advanced societies: A review, European Journal of Population, 29: 1-38.
Mills, M. and H.-P. Blossfeld. (2013). The Second Demographic Transition meets Globalization: A comprehensive theory to understand changes in family formation in an era of uncertainty, in: A. Evans and J. Baxter (eds.) Negotiating the Life Course. New York: Springer.
Mills, M. (2013). Globalization and Family Life, In: A. Abela and J. Walker (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Family Studies: Global Perspectives on Partnerships, Parenting and Support in a Changing World, Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
Mills, M. et al. (2013). State-of-the-art report. The changing role of children: Assisted reproduction, late fertility and childlessness, (FamiliesAndSocieties) Changing families and sustainable societies: Policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations, ERC Collaborative project Grant agreement no: 320116, FP7-SSH-2012-1.
Mills, M. et al. (2013). Use of childcare services in the EU Member States and progress towards the Barcelona targets, Statistical Report 1, Prepared for European Commission Directorate General Justice and Fundamental Rights Contract no. JUST/2011/GEND/PR/1081/A4. [Adopted by the European Commission, June 2013: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender- equality/files/documents/130531_barcelona_en.pdf ]
Mills, M. and P. Präg. (2013). Gender inequalities in the school-to-work transition in Europe, Statistical Report 4, Prepared for European Commission Directorate General Justice and Fundamental Rights Contract no. JUST/2011/GEND/PR/1081/A4.
Präg, P. and M. Mills. (2013). Family-Friendly Flexible Working Hours across Europe, Statistical Report 6, Prepared for European Commission Directorate General Justice and Fundamental Rights Contract no. JUST/2011/GEND/PR/1081/A4.
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. (2012). Family Systems, Kinshi”. In: Anheier, H. and Juergensmeyer, M.(Eds.), Encyclopedia of Global Studies, pp. 554-56. London, UK: Sage Publications.
Mills, M. (2011). Introducing Survival and Event History Analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA/London: Sage. (279 pages).
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.
Wielers, R.J.J. and M.Mills (2011). The Flexibilization of the Dutch Labour Market: The Impact of Globalization on the Life Course and Inequality, In: H.P. Blossfeld, S. Buchholz, D. Hofaecker, K. Kolb (Eds).,Globalized Markets and Social Inequality in Europe. pp. 46-75, New York: Palgrave MacMillan
Mills, M. and K. Täht (2010). Nonstandard work schedules and partnership quality: quantitative and qualitative findings, Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 860-875.
Mills, M. and K. Begall (2010). Preferences for the sex-composition of children in Europe: A multilevel examination of its effect on progression to a third child, Population Studies, 64 (1): 77-95.
Blossfeld, H.-P. and M. Mills (2010). How Does Globalization Affect the Life Courses of Young Men and Women in Modern Societies? Pp. 37-56, In: J.C. Tremmel (ed.), A Young Generation Under Pressure? New York: Springer.
Mills, M. (2010) Gender roles, gender (in)equality and fertility: An empirical test of five gender equity indices, Canadian Population Studies, 37(3/4): 445-474.
Guest Editor Special Issue ‘Globalization and Inequality’, European Sociological Review, 2009, 25(1).
Mills, M. (2009) Globalization and Inequality, European Sociological Review, 25(1): 1-8.
Buchholz, S., Hofäcker, D., Mills, M., Blossfeld, H.-P., Kurz, K. and H. Hofmeister (2009) Life Courses in the Globalization Process: The Development of Social Inequalities in Modern Societies. A Summary of Findings From the GLOBALIFE Project, European Sociological Review, 25(1): 53-72.
Mills, M. & Blossfeld, H. P. (2009). Uncertain and unable to commit: A fourteen-country comparison of the impact of globalization on the early life course, Pp.95-120, in: I. Schoon and R. K. Silbereisen (Eds) Transition from School to Work. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Mills, M., R.J.J. Wielers and D. Raven. (2009). “Transnationale werknemers: Nederland in vergelijkend perspectief,” Pp. 65-86, Nederland in vergelijkend perspectief, H.B.G. Ganzeboom & M. Wittenberg (Eds). Amsterdam: Aksant Academic Publishers.
Mills, M., Mencarini, L., Tanturri, M.L., and K. Begall (2008) Gender equity and fertility intentions in Italy and the Netherlands, Demographic Research. 18(1): 1-26.
Mills, M., Blossfeld, H.-P., Buchholz, S., Hofäcker, D., Bernardi, F. and H. Hofmeister (2008) Converging Divergences? An International Comparison of the Impact of Globalization on Industrial Relations and Employment Careers, International Sociology, 23(4): 561-595.
Mills, M. (2008) “Comparative Analysis,” In: L.M.Given (Ed.) The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, pp. 100, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Mills, M. (2008) “Publishing and Publication,” In: L.M.Given (Ed.) The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, pp. 695-696. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Mills, M. (2008) “Comparative Research,” In: L.M.Given (Ed.) The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, pp. 100-103, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Mills, M. (2008) “Gender Equality, the Labour Market and Fertility: A European Comparison,” Proceedings of the 35th CEIES (The European Advisory Committee on Statistical Information in the Economic and Social Sphere) Seminar New Family Relationships and Living Arrangements – Demands for Change in Social Statistics. Luxembourg: European Commission, Eurostat.
Blossfeld, H.-P., Buchholz, S., Hofäcker, D., Hofmeister, H., Kurz, K. and Mills, M. (2007). “Globalisierung und die Veränderung sozialer Ungleichheiten in modernen Gesellschaften. Eine Zusammenfassung der Ergebnisse des GLOBALIFE-Projektes,” Kölner Zeitschrijft für Soziologie un Sozialpsychologie, 59(4): 667-691.
Mills, M. (2007) “Individualization and the Life Course: Towards a theoretical model and empirical evidence,” pp. 61-79, In: C. Howard (Ed.) Individualization: Political Sociologies of Contemporary Personhood. Palgrave MacMillan.
Mills, M. (2007) Review of “Integrated Policies on Gender Relations, Ageing and Migration in Europe,” by D. Avramov and R. Cliquet. Population Studies. 61(3): 337-338.
Mills, M., G. van de Bunt and J. de Bruijn (2006) “Comparative Research: Persistent Problems and Promising Solutions,” International Sociology, 21(5): 619-631.
H.-P. Blossfeld, M. Mills and F. Bernardi (Eds.) (2006) Globalization, Uncertainty and Men’s Careers: An International Comparison. Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar.
Mills, M., H.-P. Blossfeld and F. Bernardi (2006) “Globalization, uncertainty and men’s employment careers: a theoretical framework,” pp. 3-37, In: H.-P. Blossfeld, M. Mills and F. Bernardi (Eds.) Globalization, Uncertainty and Men’s Careers: An International Comparison. Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar.
Mills, M., A.D. Johnston and T.A. DiPrete (2006) “Globalization and men’s job mobility in the United States,” pp. 328-363, In: H.-P. Blossfeld, M. Mills and F. Bernardi (Eds.) Globalization, Uncertainty and Men’s Careers: An International Comparison. Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar.
Mills, M. and H.-P. Blossfeld (2006) “Globalization, patchwork careers and the individualization of inequality? A 12-country comparison of men’s mid-career job mobility,” pp. 457-482, In: H.-P. Blossfeld, M. Mills and F. Bernardi (Eds.) Globalization, Uncertainty and Men’s Careers: An International Comparison. Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar.
Hofmeister, H., H.-P. Blossfeld and M. Mills (2006) “Globalization, uncertainty and women’s mid-career life courses: a theoretical framework,” In: H.-P. Blossfeld and H. Hofmeister (Eds.) Globalization, Uncertainty and Women’s Careers: An International Comparison. pp. 3-31. Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar.
H.-P. Blossfeld, E. Klijzing, M. Mills and K. Kurz (2005) (Eds.) Globalization, Uncertainty and Youth in Society. London/New York: Routledge Advances in Sociology Series.
Mills, M. and H.-P. Blossfeld (2005) Globalization, Uncertainty and the Early Life Course: A Theoretical Framework”, pp. 1-24, In: H.-P. Blossfeld, E. Klijzing, M. Mills and K. Kurz (Eds.) Globalization, Uncertainty and Youth in Society. London/New York: Routledge Advances in Sociology Series.
Mills, M. (2005) The Transition to Adulthood in Canada: The impact of irregular work shifts in a 24-Hour Economy,” pp. 277-303, In: H.-P. Blossfeld, E. Klijzing, M.
Mills and K. Kurz (Eds.) Globalization, Uncertainty and Youth in Society. London/New York: Routledge Advances in Sociology Series.
Mills, M., H.-P. Blossfeld and E. Klijzing (2005) “Becoming an Adult in Uncertain Times: A 14-Country Comparison of the Losers of Globalization,” pp. 393-411, In: H.-P. Blossfeld, E. Klijzing, M. Mills and K. Kurz (Eds.) Globalization, Uncertainty and Youth in Society. London/New York: Routledge Advances in Sociology Series.
Martin, V., M. Mills and C. Le Bourdais (2005) “The Consequences of Parental Divorce on the Life Course Outcomes of Canadian Children,” Canadian Studies in Population 32(1): 29-51.
Mills, M. (2005) “Worstelen met complexiteit: nieuwe theoretische en methodologische bouwstenen voor de sociologie,” pp. 100-109, In: G. Engbersen & J. de Haan (Red.) Balans en Toekomst van de Sociologie, Amsterdam: Pallas Publications
Mills, M. (2005) “(On)gelijke kansen vanuit een internationaal vergelijkend levensloopperspectief: Een theoretisch raamwerk,” pp. 19-44, In: J. Godemont et al. (Eds) Het leven zoals het zou kunnen zijn, Leuven: Garant.
Mills, M. (2004) “Stability and Change: The Structuration of Partnership Histories in Canada, the Netherlands and the Russian Federation,” European Journal of Population, 20(1): 141-175.
Mills, M. (2004) “Demand for Flexibility or Generation of Insecurity? The Individualization of Risk, Irregular Work Shifts and Canadian Youth,” Journal of Youth Studies, 7(2): 115-139.
M. Mills (2000) “Providing Space for Time: The Impact of Temporality on Life Course Research,” Time & Society, 9(1): 91-127.
M. Mills (2000) The Transformation of Partnershi Canada, the Netherlands, and the Russian Federation in the Age of Modernity. Amsterdam: Rozenburg/Thela Thesis Population Studies Series.
M. Mills and Trovato (2000) “The Effect of Pregnancy in Cohabiting Unions on Marriage in Canada, The Netherlands, and Latvia,” Statistical Journal of the United Nations, 17: 1-16.
Mills, M. (2000) “Poverty, Social Assistance, and the Employability of Mothers. Restructuring Welfare States,” by M. Baker and D. Tippin. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 32(2): 320-322.
H.-P. Blossfeld and M. Mills (2001) “A Causal Approach to Interrelated Family Events: A Cross-National Comparison of Cohabitation, Nonmarital Conception, and Marriage,” Canadian Studies in Population. 28(2): 409-437.
Mills, M. (2002) “Cohabitation. An Alternative Form of Family Living,” by Zheng Wu, European Journal of Population, 18(4): 414-416.
Mills, M. and H.-P. Blossfeld (2003) “Globalization, Uncertainty and the Early Life Course: A 14-Country Comparison,” Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, 6(2): 188-218.
Blossfeld, H.-P. and M. Mills (2003) “A Causal Approach to Interrelated Family Events,” Modelling Survey Data for Social and Economic Research, Ottawa: Statistics Canada. (ISSN: 1481-9678).
Trovato and M. Mills (1996) “Native People, Economic Conditions,” The Canadian Encyclopedia. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart.
RESEARCH FUNDING ACQUISITIONS
2016 Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) and John Fell Fund, University of Oxford, The foundation of multidisciplinary human reproductive research at Oxford (CO-Is, K. Zondervan, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and C. Lindgren, Big Data Institute) Value of Award: £136,527. (2016-2017)
2015 ESRC NCRM (National Centre for Research Methods) grant: SOCGEN: Combining Social Science and Molecular Genetic Research to Examine Inequality and the Life Course (Grant ES/N011856/1) Value of award: ~£800,000 (2016-2018)
2013 ERC Consolidator Grant. ‘SOCIOGENOME: Unravelling the genetic influences of reproductive behaviour and gene-environment Interaction,’ (ERC-2013-CoG-615603 )Value of award: ~€2 million, (2014-2019).
2013 Co-applicant, Graduate School Programme, Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) Graduate School Application, Co-Applicant, Value of award:~ €1 million (2013)
2012 Large Networking Collaborative Project, FP7-SSH-2012 European Research Council (ERC), ‘FamiliesAndSocieties – Changing Families and Sustainable Societies: Policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations.’ Led by L.Olah University of Stockholm, Mills is co-leader of Working Package: ‘The changing role of children and societal implications: Assisted reproduction, late fertility and childlessness’ Value of award: ~€6.5 million, approximately €250,000 to Mills (2013-2017).
2012 Research Talent Grant from NWO (Dutch Science Foundation), to carry out PhD project ‘Pathways to Power’ Value of award: € 168,576 (2012-2016).
2011 Research Grant, ‘Reconciling Work, Family and Private Life: Production of Statistical Reports,’ European Commission Directorate General, Justice & Fundamental Rights, (together with RAND Europe). Value of award: € 237,207 (2011-2014)
2010 VIDI mid-career grant, NWO (Dutch Science Foundation), Is Fertility in the Genes? Unravelling gene-environment interaction, fertility postponement and infertility, (452-10-012), Value of award: € 889,642 (2010-2015).
2010 European Science Foundation (ESF) Workshop Grant, QMSS2 Expert Workshop, “Combining biology and social science in life course studies,” Value of award: €16,000
2007 NKPS (Netherlands Kinship Panel Study)/NWO (Dutch Science Foundation) Data collection Grant, ‘The Retreat from Marriage? A qualitative longitudinal examination of marriage expectations and outcomes of cohabiting unions in the Netherlands and the United States,’ (Primary applicant, together with W. Manning, Bowling Green State University, USA). Value of award: € 20,000
2007 EEVA (Gender Emancipation Fund) Data collection Grant, ‘Gendered careers and human resource practices: The case of humanitarian organizations,’ (together with L. Heyse and R. Wittek), University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Value of award: € 43,200.
2006 European Science Foundation, SCSS Networking Grant, ‘TransEurope Research Network: Transnationalisation and Changing Life Course Inequality in Europe,’(Reference: P-SCSS-04-10), (together with H.-P. Blossfeld and H. Hofmeister, University of Bamberg, Germany), Value of award: € 450,000
2005 Research Fellowship Grant, Centre for Comparative Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Value of award: € 15,000
2004 NKPS (Netherlands Kinship Panel Study)/NWO (Dutch Science Foundation) Data collection Grant, ‘Non-Standard Work Schedules and Partnership Quality and Stability,’ Qualitative Mini-Panel, Netherlands Kinship Panel Study, (primary applicant), Value of award: € 20,000
2004 NWO (Dutch Science Foundation) 4-year Subsidy for PhD student, ‘Temporal Labor Market Flexibility: The Determinants and its Consequences for Family Cohesion in an International Perspective’ (primary applicant, submitted together with Prof. Dr. H. Ganzeboom, 457-03-024) Value of award: € 172,221
1998-2000 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Government of Canada. Value of award: $33,240 (Canadian dollars) / € 21,700
EARLY CAREER MENTORING
I have a strong committment to early career researchers! Two of my former PhD students have won international awards for their work.
Nicoletta Balbo, who in 2013, won the European Consortium for Sociological Research Best Sociology Thesis in Europe for her thesis entitled, Family, Friends and Fertility.
Felix Tropf, who in 2017 won the Allianz Award for the Best PhD in Demography in Europe.
Felix Tropf, currently Senior Research Associate, SOCIOGENOME and NCRM/ESRC SOCGEN projects, University of Oxford, UK
Stine Møllegaard, currently postdoctoral researcher, ESRC/NCRM SOCGEN grant, University of Oxford, UK
Charles Rahal, currently postdoctoral researcher, Wellcome Trust ISSF grant, University of Oxford, UK
Nicola Barban, previously postdoctoral and Senior Research Associate, now Reader, University of Essex, UK
Jornt Mandemakers, previously postdoctoral researcher, now Assistant Professor, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Gert Stulp, previously postdoctoral researcher, now VENI awardee and Researchers, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Patrick Präg, previously postdoctoral researcher, now postdoctoral researcher, FAMSIZEMATTERS project, University of Oxford, UK
PhD CANDIDATE SUPERVISION
From 09/2017 Domante Grendaite, Causal mechanisms underlying the association between genetic factors and educational attainment, University of Oxford
From 09/2016 Evelina Akimova, Social stratification, inequality and genetics, University of Oxford
From 09/2015 Riley Louis Taiji, Nonstandard schedules and family, University of Oxford
From 09/2014 Giacomo Arrighini, ERC SOCIOGENOME project, University of Oxford
From 09/2014 Xuejie Ding, ERC SOCIOGENOME project, University of Oxford
From 09/2014 Anna Barbuscia, Assisted Reproductive Technology, University of Oxford
From 09/2014 Renske Verweij, “Understanding childlessness: Unravelling the relationship between genes and socio-environment” (First Supervisor, with Harold Snieder UMCG)
From 09/2012 Tomas Zwinkels, “Pathways to Power: Political Careers and Political Networks in the Netherlands 1945-2010” (First Supervisor)
From 09/2011 Felix Tropf, “Is Fertility in the Genes?” (First Supervisor, together with Harold Snieder UMCG, N. Barban)
From 09/2011 Maja Djundeva, “The impact of family status on healthy aging: A life course approach” (First Supervisor, together with R. Wittek, N. Steverink, RUG, R. Stolk UMCG)
09/2010-09/2014 Gina Potarca, “Modern Love: comparative insights in online dating preferences and assortative mating” (First Supervisor, with M. van Duijn)
09/2010-10/2014 Miranda Visser, “Professionalization and employment careers in humanitarian organizations”(with R. Wittek, L. Heyse)
09/2009-09/2014 Patrick Präg, “Inequality and health outcomes” (First Supervisor with R. Wittek, RUG)
09/2008-02/2013 Katia Begall, “Occupational Hazard? The impact of Occupation on Fertility” (First Supervisor with H. Ganzeboom, VU)
09/2008-12/2012 Nicoletta Balbo, “Family, Friends, Fertility” (First Supervisor with N. Barban)
09/2008-03/2013 Heike Schröder, “Scaling the Grades: The scaling of educational levels” (with H. Ganzeboom, VU)
09/2007-03/2012 Katya Ivanova, “From Parents to Partners: The Impact of Family on Romantic Relationships in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood,” (First Supervisor with R. Veenstra)
09/2007-02/2012 Valeska Korff, “Between Cause & Control: Management in a Humanitarian Organization,” (with L. Heyse and R. Wittek, RUG)
12/2004-10/2011 Kadri Täht, “Out of Sync? The determinants and consequences of nonstandard schedules for family cohesion: The Netherlands within a Comparative Perspective,” (with H. Ganzeboom, VU)
01/2004-12/2008 Irma Mooi-Reci, “Unemployed and Scarred for Life? An Econometric and Longitudinal Approach to Unemployment and Policy Evaluations,” (with Harry Ganzeboom, VU)
Selected recent keynote lectures
Invited Keynote: ‘Sociology, Genetics and Stratification: Recent Advances in Fertility Research’, RC28 Social Stratification Conference, Cologne, Germany, March 30-31, 2017
Invited Keynote: ‘Can Sociologists Ignore Genetics?’ European Consortium for Sociological Research, Bocconi Unviersity, Milan, Italy, 31 August – 2 September 2017
Invited Keynote: ‘Sociology and Genetics’, German Sociological Association, Bamberg, Germany, September 27, 2016.
Invited Keynote, Out of Time: The consequences of non-standard employment schedules on family cohesion, The New Economy and Challenges for Family Life, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin, Germany, May 19-20 2016
Invited policy paper and participation in a round table, United Nations expert group meeting on “Policy responses to low fertility,” United Nations Headquarters, New York, U.S.A., 2-3 November 2015.
Invited Keynote: Mate choice and assortative mating on the internet, Conference on “Mate Choice”, Galton Institute, The Royal Society, London, UK, November 11, 2016.
Invited Keynote, Focus on the Future: Megatrends in Population and People, Population Change and Life Course: Taking Stock and Looking to the Future, Ottawa, Canada, March 15, 2015.
Invited Keynote Speech ‘New approaches to examining family transitions in Europe,’ European Population Conference, Budapest, Hungary, June 25-28, 2014.
Invited Keynote Speech, ‘The Sociogenomics of Fertility Research,’ Dutch Demography Day, Utrecht, The Netherlands, December 10, 2014.
Selected recent invited talks
Invited talk, Human reproduction as a complex trait, Polygenic Score Workshop, University of California at Santa Barbara, April 13-15, 2017.
Invited talk, ‘A molecular genetic approach to fertility research,’ Department of Sociology, University of Harvard, May 4, 2017.
Invited talk Social Science and Genetics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Population Centre, Chapel Hill, USA, September 30, 2016.
Invited talk Social Science and Genetics, Duke University Population Research Institute, Duke University, USA, September 29, 2016.
Invited Presentation, European Parliament, October 17, 2016, FamiliesAndSocieties EC Research Network, Brussels, Belgium
Invited talk Social Science and Genetics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Population Centre, Chapel Hill, USA, September 30, 2016.
Invited talk Social Science and Genetics, Duke University Population Research Institute, Duke University, USA, September 29, 2016.
Invited talk, ‘Genetics of Assortative Mating and Fertility on Health,’ Biomarkers for Demographic Research, 1st European Meeting of the Biomarker Network, August 31, 2016, Mainz, Germany.
Invited talk, ‘The sociogenomics of polygenic scores of reproductive behaviour and their relationship to other fertility traits,’ Russell Sage Foundation, Biosocial Pathways of Well-Being Across the Life Course, New York, USA. June 10, 2016.
Invited talk, ‘Large scale genomic meta-analysis identifies loci harbouring genes for human reproductive behavior,’ Genes and Complex Human Phenotypes Workshop, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, USA May 25-27, 2016
Invited talk: Genes, Environment and Human Fertility, Workshop: From Genome to Social Outcomes: Processes and Methods, ZiF and University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany, 19-22 October 2015.
Webinar: The Role of Genes in Fertility, Population Europe, October 14, 2016, http://www.population-europe.eu/event/role-genes-fertility-webinar-population-europe-expert-prof-melinda-mills-university-oxford
Invited talks, “Fertile Frontiers: A genetically-informed approach to fertility research,” Invited presentation at the Swedish Institute for Social Research’s (SOFI) Seminar Series on Social Stratification, Welfare and Social Policy, University of Stokholm, Sweden, April 14, 2015 and Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe, SUDA, Demography Unit, University of Stockholm, Sweden, April 13, 2015.