Position: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College.
Research Interests: Social Inequality, Social Mobility, Social Demography.
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.
John 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.
John H. Goldthorpe and Colin Mills (2008) 'Trends in Intergenerational Class Mobility in Modern Britain: Evidence from national Surveys, 1972-2005', National 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.
John H. 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.
Jan O. Jonsson and Colin Mills (eds.) (2001) Cradle to Grave: Life-Course Change in Modern Sweden, Sociology Press.
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)?
2017 Jouni Kuha and Colin Mills, On Group Comparisons with Logistic Regression Models
MT 2015-16 Sociology of Post Industrial Societies
Research Design HT 2017Reading List
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Social Stratification HT 2016
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Want to write a doctoral dissertation with me? Please read this carefully before you get in touch with me.
I'm interested in supervising talented doctoral candidates who want to do serious quantitative work in the following areas: social stratification; social mobility; assortative mating; the measurement of social class; some aspects social demography – for example the connection between family background and life-course outcomes; social inequality and partnership formation/fertility; sociology of employment.
My empirical interests are largely UK centred and I hold the somewhat peculiar belief that sociology is about processes that are in part specific to a time and a place and that it is important to know quite a lot about that time and that place. 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 societies 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). It's best if you send me an outline (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