Position: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College.
Social Inequality, Social Mobility, Social Demography.
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Jouni Kuha and Colin Mills (2017) On Group Comparisons with Logistic Regression Models forthcoming Sociological Methods and Research
Ursula Henz and Colin Mills (2017) Social class origin and assortative mating in Britain, 1949-2010 forthcoming in Sociology
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 Progress2014 Two Cheers for Social Mobility: comments on Bukodi and Sturgis.
2014 What do we really know about social mobility (in the UK)?
MT 2017-18 Sociology of Post Industrial Societies
Research Design HT 2017Reading List
Lecture 1 Figure
Lecture 7Lecture 8
Mid-term formative assessment
Instructions for the critical essay
Critical Essay 2017
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 StefŠnsson (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
Funding for graduate study in sociology at the University of Oxford.
Want to write a doctoral dissertation with me? Please read this carefully before you get in touch with me.
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.
means an intention to do something a bit more than run a few crosstabs and
stick on the end a logit with 25 predictor variables (unless you have a very
good reason for doing that). It also means having a substantive point. 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 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
you won't get good value from me if 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
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.
supervise you I will push you very hard, ask you difficult questions and not
let you get away with sloppy or wishful thinking. I will also insist that you
take intellectual ownership of and responsibility for your project. I will insist
that you are really doing something that has genuine sociological content (and
that you know some sociology). If you just want to do another of the social
sciences under the label of sociology, then we won’t get along. My style of
supervision does not suit everyone and you would be ill advised to seek it
unless you can deal with firm (but fair) criticism and an insistence that technically
you really know what you are doing (I’m not a just push the buttons on STATA
who stay the course with me tend to be very competitive in the academic job
market. My students have gone on to take faculty positions and postdocs at:
Essex, Surrey, Reading, LSE, University of Bahrain, Pontificia Universidad
Catolica de Chile, Otto-Friederich University Bamberg, Universitšt Leipzig.
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 (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