Short biography

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 ( 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.


Curriculum Vitae

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)

Further education

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:

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

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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

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: 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 childPopulation 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.



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


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



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,

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.