Position: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College.
Social Inequality, Social Mobility, Social Demography.
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Work in Progress
Colin Mills (2015) 'The Great British Class Survey: Requiescat in pace' Sociological Review, 63, 2, 393-399.
Ursula Henz and Colin Mills (2014) 'Work-Life Conflict in Britain: Job Demands and Resources', European Sociological Review, , 31, 1, 1-13.
Colin Mills (2014) 'Do adult obesity rates in England really vary by insecurity as well as by inequality?' BMJ Open letter.
Colin Mills (2014) 'Mapping Social Class in Britain', Sociology Review, 24, 2, 20-23
Colin Mills (2014) 'The Great British Class Fiasco: A Comment on Savage et al.', Sociology, 48, 3, 437-44.
Hills, Mike Brewer, Stephen Jenkins, Ruth Lister, Ruth Lupton, Stephen
Machin, Colin Mills, Tariq Modood, Teresa Ress and Sheila Riddell (2011) An anatomy of economic inequality in the UK: Report of the National Equality Panel.
H. Goldthorpe and Colin Mills (2008) 'Trends in
Class Mobility in Modern Britain: Evidence from national Surveys,
Institute Economic Review, 5, July, 83-100.
Patrick McGovern, Stephen
Hill, Colin Mills and Michael White (2007) Market, Class and Employment,
Oxford University Press.
Colin Mills (2006) Mobility
in John Scott (ed.) Sociology:
The Key Concepts, Routledge.
Michelle Jackson, John H.
Goldthorpe and Colin Mills (2005), ‘Education, Employers and Class.
Mobility’, Research in
Social Stratification and Mobility, 23: 1-30.
Michael White, Stephen
Hill, Colin Mills and Deborah Smeaton (2004) Managing to Change?: British
Workplaces and the Future of Work, Palgrave.
Goldthorpe and Colin Mills
(2004) Trends in Intergenerational Class Mobility in Britain in the
Late Twentieth Century, pp 195-224 in Richard Breen
(ed.) Social Mobility
in Europe, Oxford University Press.
Colin Mills. and Evans
Geoffrey Evans. (2003) Employment Relations, Employment
Conditions and the NS-SEC, in David Rose and David Pevalin (eds.) A Researcher's Guide to the
National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification, Sage.
Michael White, Stephen, Hill, Patrick McGovern, Colin Mills,
and Deborah Smeaton (2003) '"High Performance" Management Practices,
Working Hours and Work-Life Balance', British Journal of Industrial
Relations, 41,2, June, 175-195.
Jan O. Jonsson
and Colin Mills (eds.) (2001) Cradle to Grave: Life-Course
Change in Modern Sweden,
Work in Progress2009 Ursula Henz and Colin Mills, Trends in Conjugal Homogamy in Britain 1945-2005,
Presentation at the 2009 BSPS Conference, University of Sussex
2013 The Great Class Fiasco: A Comment on Savage et al.
2013 The Great Class Fiasco: A Comment on Savage et al. (short version). Forthcoming in Sociology.
2014 Two Cheers for Social Mobility: comments on Bukodi and Sturgis.
2014 What do we really know about social mobility (in the UK)?
MT 2015-16 Sociology of Post Industrial Societies
Research Design HT 2016Reading List
Lecture 1 Figure
Lecture 7Lecture 8
Mid-term formative assessment
Instructions for the critical essay
Critical Essay 2016
Social Stratification HT 2016
Useful StuffFrom time to time I'll post things you might find useful. No guarantees, use at your own risk.
Here is a STATA do file to esimate the parameters and standard errors of the models that Powers & Xie (2008) discuss in Ch 2 - log-rate models estimated by OLS, FGLS and ML. You'll need the data too.
is a STATA do file to simulate a simple "regression to the mean"
process. This is the sort of thing that Feinstein, Jerrim and
Vignoles and others are arguing about here, here and here.
is a STATA do file to illustrate 3 ways to do linear regression. The
first works through the linear algebra in terms of matrices, the
second uses the canned STATA command (which every sensible person will
in practice use), the third does it by maximum likelihood. This is the data you need for the example.
Here is a STATA do file to illustrate instrumental variables estimation.
Here is a STATA do file to illustrate the computations involved in a simple correspondence analysis. You'll need the data too.
Here is a STATA do file to estimate the heteroscedastic normal pdf model.
Successful Doctoral Students
London School of Economics and Political Science
Jameela Mirza Al-Mahari (2001) 'Movement between employment and self-employment: a study based on the UK Labour Force Survey'
Reis Janela Cardim (2005) 'Help or hindrance? The role of social
networks in the start-up and development of low technology and low
credit small businesses in Portugal'.
University of Oxford
Neli Demireva (2009) 'Ethnic penalties, job search and the British labour market'
Silvano Guzzo (2010) 'Downward mobility and unequal returns to education in Britain'
Phakathi (2011) 'Workplace Transformation and the Working
Lives of Mineworkers in the Post-Apartheid South African Gold Mining
Mark Williams (2011) 'The Changing Structure of Earnings in Great Britain, 1970s-2000s'
Min Zou (2011) 'Work Orientations and Individual Labour Market Participation, 1991-2003'
Andrea Canales (2013) (joint with Vikki Boliver) 'Degree Attainment in British Universities: The Individual and
Compositional Mechanisms that Explain Students' Chances of Completing a
Suyu Liu (2013) (joint with Rachel Murphy) 'Hidden inequalities in Chinese higher education'
Kolbeinn Stefánsson (2014) ' Economic inequality and social class'
Blossfeld (2015) 'Balancing Education, Family, and Work Commitments in
Germany: Changes over the Life Course and Across Cohorts'
Current Doctoral Students
interested in supervising talented doctoral candidates who want to do
serious quantitative work in the the following areas: social
stratification; social demography; sociology of employment. Serious
means an intention to do something a bit more than run a few
crosstabs and stick a logit with 25 predictor variables on the end
(unless you have a very good reason for doing that). It also means
having a point, ie I have no interest in quantitative pyrotechnics for
their own sake. I'm not a methodologist and don't do methodological
research. Nothing against methodologists - I use their work all the
time - but it is just not what I do and you won't get good value from
me as a supervisor if your interests are purely in the development of
technique. Likewise you won't get good value from me if a large
component of what you want to do is 'qualitative'. Again this is not a
judgement about scientific value but a statement of where my interests
lie. I don't want to waste my time (or your time) on things I have no
interest in so if your project is qualitative you would be better
off with somebody else. There is a lot of rhetoric about 'mixed
methods' but in reality most of the stuff on the integration of
quantitative and qualitative methodologies - note I did not say all -
doesn't get much beyond the rhetorical and is largely either bogus or
well meaning wishful thinking.
My empirical interests are largely
UK centred though I can be persuaded to supervise theses about other
societies - especially ones where I have some - albeit tenuous - grasp
of the language and some knowledge of the institutions - which means in
essence the Anglo world plus Germany, France and Sweden. I'm not
keen on supervising theses on socieites where I have no access to
primary materials in the original language and I have to rely on what
you tell me.
If you have read all this, are not put off, and have
an original idea for an exciting thesis please get in touch
(email@example.com). It's best if you send me an outline
(ie a maximum of 5 A4 pages) before you formally apply so that I can
give you an indication as to whether I would be willing to supervise
you. Please don't send me BA/BSc, MA/MSc theses and other long
documents. I don't have time to read them. If you can't catch my
attention in 5 pages then you can't catch it at all.
Last updated: 17 January 2013