Position: Reader in
Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford.
Faculty Fellow of Nuffield College.
Social Inequality, Social Mobility, Social Demography.
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Work in Progress
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
Hills, 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
2011 A paper which a leading sociology journal does not want you to know the title of.
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.
MT 2013-14 Sociology of Post Industrial Societies
MSc/MPhil Sociology Intermediate Quantitative Methods (Hilary 2013)
Link to Weblearn resources (Oxford users only)
Course Rubric 2013-14
Reading List Weeks 1-3
Lecture 1 Slides
Lecture1 STATA code for normal regression example
Lecture 1 STATA dataset for normal regression example
Lecture 1 Optional ExerciseLecture 1 STATA dataset for optional exercise
Weeks 1-3 Lab Class (February 28th, 2014)
stata do file
Exam instructions 2013
Exam 2013 data_file_1
Exam 2013 data_file_2
Exam 2013 data_file_3
Social Stratification HT 2014
Research Design HT 2014Reading List
Lecture 1 Figure
Mid Term Paper
Lecture 7Lecture 8
The Critical Essay Instructions
Critical Essay 2014
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.
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 (joint with Vikki Boliver) 'Degree Attainment in British Universities: The Individual and
Compositional Mechanisms that Explain Students' Chances of Completing a
Suyu Liu (joint with Rachel Murphy) 'Hidden inequalities in Chinese higher education'
Blossfeld 'Balancing Education, Family, and Work Commitments in
Germany: Changes over the Life Course and Across Cohorts'
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
(firstname.lastname@example.org). 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