Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994
    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Faculty of Sociology, University of Alberta, Canada

  • 1995
    Research Scientist (project contract), Alberta Advanced Education and Career Development, Policy Development, Government of Alberta, Canada

  • 1994 – 1995
    Research Assistant, Population Research Laboratory, University of Alberta, Canada

  • 1995 – 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

  • 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

  • 1996 – 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)

  • 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.

  • 2000 – 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)

  • 2001 – 2002
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, Germany

  • 2002 – 2005
    Assistant Professor, Department of Social Research Methodology/Department of Social-Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands

  • 2006 – 2007
    Assistant Professor and Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

  • 2008
    Associate Professor and Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

  • 2009
    Scientific Advisor, Evaluation of the Life course regulation (levensloopregeling), Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, Advice to Dutch Parliament

  • 2008 – 2011
    Adjunct Professor Sociology of the Life Course Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow Department of Sociology, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

  • since 2011
    Full Professor Sociology of the Life Course Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow Department of Sociology, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Selected publications

  • Mills, M. (2011). Introducing Survival and Event History Analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA/London: Sage.

  • 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.

  • 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. (2009) Globalization and Inequality, European Sociological Review, 25(1): 1-8.

  • 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. 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: Routledge.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • (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 Euros.

  • (2011) Research Grant, Reconciling Work, Family and Private Life: Production of Statistical Reports, European Commission Directorate General, Justice & Fundamental Rights, (together with RAND Europe). Dec 2011-Aug 2013. Value of award: 237,207 Euros.

  • (2010) VIDI mid-career grant, NWO (Dutch Science Foundation), Is Fertility in the Genes? Unravelling gene-environment interaction, fertility postponement and infertility, Value of award: 889,642 Euros.

  • (2006) European Science Foundation, SCSS Networking Grant, TransEurope Research Network: Transnationalisation and Changing Life Course Inequality in Europe,(Reference: P-SCSS-04-10), (with H.-P. Blossfeld, University of Bamberg, Germany), Value of award: 450,000 Euros.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member, Council of Advisors, Population Europe

  • Elected Fellow, European Academy of Sociology

  • Elected Board Member, European Consortium for Sociological Research

  • Jury Member, Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), Middle and Large-Scale Data Investments

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