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Professor Tina Miller - University Alliance. Oxford, England, GB

Professor Tina Miller

Professor of Sociology | Oxford Brookes University

Oxford, England, UNITED KINGDOM

Her research interests include family lives, intimate relationships, gender, parenthood, & reproductive health.

Areas of Expertise (4)




Transition into Stages of Family Life


Professor Tina Miller is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. Her research and teaching interests include family lives, intimate relationships, gender, parenthood, motherhood and fatherhood transitions, and reproductive health. Tina is currently undertaking a British Academy funded project on 'Men, work and family life: A comparison of men's work/family reconciliations in the UK and Italy'. She is also working on her 4th Cambridge University Press monograph, (‘Motherhood: Contemporary Transitions and Generational Change’) based on data from her longitudinal research on 'Making Sense of Motherhood'.

Tina has been engaged as an expert advisor by the World Health Organisation (Geneva), think tanks including the Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee and political parties in the UK and presented her work at UNICEF headquarters (New York) as well as in Australia, India and Argentina. She regularly participates in TV and radio programmes in relation to her research and publications on motherhood and fatherhood and was selected from over 2000 entrants to attend the BBC's inaugural training scheme for 30 female experts.

Media Mentions (3)

Oxford Brookes study on Syrian refugees is shortlisted

Oxford Mail  online


Professor Tina Miller’s research project focused on the missing voices and experiences of Syrian refugee fathers and the integration of their families and has been shortlisted for the Research Project of the Year accolade recognising Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Enough! No More Praising Dads For Doing The Basics

Grazia Daily  online


Tina Miller, professor of sociology at Oxford Brookes University and author of Making Sense Of Parenthood, says that society still has ‘very high and maternally-etched expectations of women’.

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Fathers 'afraid to ask for flexible working'

BBC News  online


Tina Miller, Professor of Sociology at Oxford Brookes University, noted that while the introduction of Shared Parental Leave was an important signal of a commitment to change, it was simply not the case that men and women now had an equal choice over who would work in a family.

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Multimedia Appearances





Professor Tina Miller, Sociologist specialising in family lives and gender



Education (3)

University of Warwick: Ph.D., Sociology 2000

Open University: M.Sc., Advanced Social Research Methods 1991

University College, Bangor: B.A., Social Theory and Institutions 1979

Event Appearances (5)

Supporting refugee, migrant and displaced fathers

MenCare Global Meeting (2019)  Rabat, Morocco

How best to remedy an unjustified denial of contact?

President of the Family Division at Westminster Dialogue (2017)  Millbank, Westminster

Changing Family Relations – Gender and Generations

European Society of Family Research (2016)  Dortmund, Germany

Making Sense of Parenthood

AMIRCI Conference (2016)  Melbourne, Australia

Gendering caring? The view from Europe

Invited Public lecture (2014)  Hobart, Australia

Articles (5)

Relationship expectations: normative ideals, practice and social change

Families, Relationships and Societies

2019 The articles in this special selection share a focus on ideals, norms and expectations of families and relationships, gaps between these and lives as lived, and the implications of such divergence or disruption for social change.

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Paternal and Maternal Gatekeeping? Choreographing Care


2018 Feminist scholarship has continued to map the multiple ways in which practices of caring and paid work sustain gender inequality. A recurrent focus has examined how caring and paid work “choices” are made and their corresponding gendered effects, particularly for women in the home, work place and beyond.

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Value-driven partner search for Energy from Waste projects

Procedia Computer Science

2018 Energy from Waste (EfW) projects require complex value chains to operate effectively. To identify business partners, plant operators need to network with organisations whose strategic objectives are aligned with their own. Supplier organisations need to work out where they fit in the value chain.

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Establishing partnership with traditional birth attendants for improved maternal and newborn health: a review of factors influencing implementation

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

2017 Recent World Health Organization recommendations recognize the important role Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) can play in supporting the health of women and newborns. This paper provides an analysis of key factors that affect the implementation of interventions to develop partnerships with TBAs to promote improved access to skilled care at birth.

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Telling the difficult things: Creating spaces for disclosure, rapport and ‘collusion’in qualitative interviews

Women's Studies International Forum

2017 Qualitative interviews continue to offer an established way to collect rich data about everyday experiences of the social world. It is also recognised that data collected during face-to-face interviews are the product of a social interaction with co-constructive elements.

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