Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Professor David Miller

David Miller

Professor of Sociology

3 East 3.29
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5968

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PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students researching the following areas:

  • Lobbying
  • Think tanks
  • Corporate influences on Public Health and science
  • Propaganda, Psychological Operations
  • Terrorism expertise
  • Sectarianism/Anti Irish racism in Scotland
  • Islamophobia
  • Neoliberalism and/or neoconservatism
  • Critical media theory
Recent activities

Addiction: What is the added value of the concept today (thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun society, Helsinki) Disseminated the first findings from ALICE RAP FP7 project.
14-17 October 2012

How ideas about terrorism and Islam are mobilised: Think tanks, expertise and policy (School of Journalism Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff)
7 November 2012

Keynote address at Qui Gouverne conference (Poitiers, France)
15 November 2012

Media & War: Challenging the Consensus (one day conference held at Goldsmiths College, London)
17 November 2012

Think tanks: Islam and disembedded expertise (University of Southampton)
29 November 2012

Co-convenor of BSA Social Network Analysis Study Group (SNAG) study group
7 January 2013


David Miller is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath. His research interests mainly revolve around the role of communication in the constitution and reproduction of power relations.

Previous posts

  • David undertook his Doctoral Research with the Glasgow Media Group, following which he was a lecturer (from 1994) then Reader (from 2000) in Film and Media Studies at the University of Stirling.
  • David was appointed Professor of Sociology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow in 2004.

Knowledge Exchange and media engagement

  • Expert testimony: David has given advice and expert testimony in a number of terrorism related cases in the UK, Australia and the US.
  • Research with trades unions and NGO's: David has undertaken research in partnership with a range of organisations including Unison, the Scottish Trades Union Congress, Friends of the Earth, Cordoba Foundation, Scottish Islamic Foundation, Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner and others.
  • Public interest research and reporting: David is co-founder of Spinwatch a website devoted to public interest reporting on spin lobbying and political corruption (on which he maintains an occasional blog), and Editor of Powerbase, a wiki that monitors power networks.
  • Advocacy on lobbying and ethics in public life: Spinwatch is a founding member of the UK based Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and of the EU oriented Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), which campaign for regulation of lobbyists and enhanced ethics rules for politicians and civil servants.
  • Media engagement: David is often called upon by the news media as a commentator and regularly writes for mainstream and alternative media outlets. His articles appear on the Guardian's Comment is Free, and many other outlets.

Advisory roles

David is an advisor to the BRussels Tribunal on Iraq, the Centre for Investigative Journalism based at City University, London.

Research interests

  • Terrorism, counter-terrorism, counterinsurgency, terrorism expertise
  • Strategic communications, propaganda and psychological operations
  • Public health, networks of influence, science communications
  • Lobbying and corporate power
  • Think tanks, policy planning groups and the role of ideas in the reproduction of power structures
  • Investigative research methods, social network analysis, visualisation
  • Sociology of expertise



Davidson, N., McCafferty, P. and Miller, D., eds., 2010. Neoliberal Scotland : Class and Society in a Stateless Nation. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Miller, D. and Dinan, W., 2007. A Century of Spin : How Public Relations Became the Cutting Edge of Corporate Power. London, U. K.: Pluto Press.

Dinan, W. and Miller, D., eds., 2007. Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy: Corporate PR and the Assault on Democracy. London: Pluto Press.

Hubbard, G. and Miller, D., eds., 2005. Arguments Against G8. London: Pluto Press.

Miller, D., ed., 2004. Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq. London: Pluto Press.

Miller, E., Miller, D., Philo, G. and , G. M. G., 2001. Reporting Child Deaths: The Role of the Media. London, UK: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Philo, G. and Miller, D., eds., 2001. Market Killing: What Capitalism does and what Social Scientists can do about it. Harlow: Longman.

Book Sections

Philo, G., Miller, D. and Happer, C., 2015. Forthcoming. Circuits of communication and structure of power : the sociology of the mass media. In: Holborn, M., ed. Contemporary Sociology. Polity Press.

Miller, D. and Dinan, W., 2015. Forthcoming. Resisting meaningful action on climate change : Think tanks, 'merchants of doubt' and the 'corporate capture' of sustainable development. In: Hansen, A. and Cox, R., eds. Handbook of Environment and Communication. London, U. K.: Routledge.

Miller, D., 2015. Forthcoming. Neoliberalism, politics and institutional corruption : against the "institutional malaise" hypothesis. In: Whyte, D., ed. How Corrupt is Britain? London, U. K.: Pluto Press.

Miller, D. and Harkins, C., 2015. Addictive substances and behaviours and corruption, transparency and governance. In: Anderson, P., Rehm, J. and Room, R., eds. Impact of Addictive Substances and Behaviours on Individual and Societal Well-Being. Oxford, U. K.: Oxford University Press.

Miller, D. and Dinan, W., 2015. Digging deeper : Big data and the horizon of sociology beyond existential crisis. Submitted to: McKie, L. and Ryan, L., eds. Trends and Challenges in Social Sciences Research. London: Routledge.

Miller, D., 2015. Sociology, Propaganda and Psychological Operations. Submitted to: Dawson, M., Fowler, B., Miller, D. and Smith, A., eds. Stretching the Sociological Imagination. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Miller, D., 2014. Media Power and Class Power : Overplaying Ideology. In: Çoban, S., ed. Media and Left. Brill, pp. 44-66.

Miller, D. and Harkins, C., 2014. Webs Of Influence : Corporate Impacts On Governance. In: Anderson, P., Bühringer, G. and Colom, J., eds. Reframing addiction: policies, processes and pressures. .

Miller, D. and Sabir, R., 2012. Counterterrorism as counterinsurgency in the UK "war on terror". In: Whyte, D. and Poynting, S., eds. Counter Terrorism and State Political Violence. London: Routledge.

Miller, D. and Sabir, R., 2012. Propaganda and terrorism. In: Freedman, D. and Thussu, D. K., eds. Media and terrorism: global perspectives. London, U. S. A.: Sage, pp. 77-94.

Miller, D., 2010. How neoliberalism got where it is: Elite planning, corporate lobbying and the release of the free market. In: Birch, K. and Mykhnenko, V., eds. The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism The Collapse of an Economic Order? London: Zed Books.

Miller, D., 2010. Who rules Scotland? Neoliberalism, the Scottish ruling class and its intellectuals. In: Davidson, N., McCafferty, P. and Miller, D., eds. Neoliberal Scotland: Class and Society in a Stateless Nation. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 93-136.

Miller, D., 2009. Corporate lobbying’s new frontier: from influencing policy-making to shaping public debate. In: Zinnbauer, D., ed. Global Corruption Report. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Press in association with Transparency International, pp. 39-41.

Miller, D. and Dinan, W., 2009. Journalism, public relations and spin. In: Wahl-Jorgensen, K. and Hanitzsch, T., eds. Handbook of Journalism Studies. New York: Routledge.

Dinan, W. and Miller, D., 2008. Transparency in EU decision making, holding corporations to account: why the ETI needs mandatory lobbying disclosure. In: Corruption and democracy: Political Finances, Conflicts of Interest, Lobbying, Justice. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing.

Miller, D., 2007. Introduction: Unearthing Corporate Spin. In: Dinanq, W. and Miller, D., eds. Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy: Corporate PR and the Assault on Democracy. London: Pluto Press.

Miller, D., 2007. Public Relations and the Subversion of Democracy. In: Dinanq, W. and Miller, D., eds. Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy: Corporate PR and the Assault on Democracy. London: Pluto Press.

Miller, D., 2007. Spinning Farmed Salmon. In: Dinanq, W. and Miller, D., eds. Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy: Corporate PR and the Assault on Democracy. London: Pluto Press.

Miller, D., 2004. Information dominance: The philosophy of total propaganda control. In: Kamalipour, Y. and Snow, N., eds. War, Media and Propaganda: A Global Perspective. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 7-16.

Miller, D., 2004. The Propaganda Machine. In: Miller, D., ed. Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq. London: Pluto Press.

Miller, E., Miller, D., Philo, G. and , G. M. G., 1999. Reporting child deaths: a study carried out by the Glasgow Media Group for the NSPCC. In: Cloke, C., ed. Out of Sight: NSPCC report on child deaths from abuse. London, UK: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, pp. 42-56.

Miller, D. and Macintyre, S., 1999. Risk communication: The relationships between the media, public beliefs and policy-making. In: Calman, K. and Davies, P., eds. Risk Communication and Public Health. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Miller, D., 1998. Colonialism and Academic Representations of the Troubles. In: Miller, D., ed. Rethinking Northern Ireland: Colonialism, Power and Ideology. London: Longman.

Miller, D., 1998. Mediating science: promotional strategies, media coverage, public belief and decision making. In: Scanlon, E., Whitelegg, E. and Yates, S., eds. Communicating Science: Contexts and Channels. London: Routledge in association with the Open University.

Miller, D., 1994. Understanding 'terrorism': contrasting audience interpretations of the televised conflict in Ireland. In: Aldridge, M. and Hewitt, N., eds. Controlling Broadcasting: Access, Policy and Practice in North America and Europe.13 ed. Manchester: Manchester University Press in association with the Fulbright Commission. (Fulbright Papers)

Kitzinger, J. and Miller, D., 1992. 'African AIDS': The media and audience beliefs. In: Aggleton, P., Davies, P. and Hart, G., eds. AIDS: Rights, Risk and Reason. London: Falmer Press.


Blackbourn, J., Dexter, H., Dhanda, R. and Miller, D., 2012. A decade on from 11 September 2001: : What has critical terrorism studies learned? Critical Studies on Terrorism, 5 (1), 1 - 157.

Dinan, W. and Miller, D., 2012. Sledgehammers, nuts and rotten apples : Reassessing the case for lobbying self-regulation in the United Kingdom. Interest Groups & Advocacy, 1 (1), pp. 105-114.

Miller, D., Mills, T. A. and Harkins, S., 2011. Teaching about terrorism in the United Kingdom : How it is done and what problems it causes. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 4 (3), pp. 405-420.

Sklair, L. and Miller, D., 2010. Capitalist globalization, corporate social responsibility and social policy. Critical Social Policy, 30 (4), pp. 472-495.

Miller, D. and Harkins, C., 2010. Corporate strategy, corporate capture: food and alcohol industry lobbying and public health. Critical Social Policy, 30 (4), pp. 564-589.

Miller, D. and Ahmad, I., 2010. Powerbase : A collaborative resource for monitoring power networks. Radical Statistics, 102, pp. 4-16.

Miller, D. and Mills, T. A., 2010. Counterinsurgency and terror expertise: the integration of social scientists into the war effort. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 23 (2), pp. 203-221.

Miller, D. and Mills, T. A., 2009. The terror experts and the mainstream media : The expert nexus and its dominance in the news media. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 2 (3), pp. 414-437.

Miller, D., 2009. Korrumpierung der Spielregeln : Von legitimer Einflussnahme zur Eroberung von Regulierung und Politik. Forschungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen, 22 (1), pp. 40-47.

Miller, D. and Dinan, W., 2008. Corridors of power : Lobbying in the UK. L'Observatoire de la Société Britannique, 6.

Miller, D., 2006. Propaganda-managed democracy: the UK and the lessons of Iraq. Socialist Register, 42.

Philo, G. and Miller, D., 2005. Communication and power : Production, consumption and reproduction. Developments in Sociology: An Annual Review, 21, pp. 97-120.

Miller, D., 2004. System failure: it's not just the media — the whole political system has failed. Journal of Public Affairs, 4 (4), pp. 374-383.

Miller, D., 2002. Media power and class power: overplaying ideology. Socialist Register, 38.

Miller, D., 2002. Opinion polls and the misrepresentation of public opinion on the war with afghanistan. Television & New Media, 3 (2), pp. 153-161.

Miller, D. and Philo, G., 2001. Corrupting research : how the market shapes science. Sociology Review, 11 (1), pp. 24-27.

Philo, G. and Miller, D., 2000. Cultural compliance and critical media studies. Media, Culture & Society, 22 (6), pp. 831-839.

Miller, D. and Dinan, W., 2000. The rise of the PR industry in Britain, 1979-98. European Journal of Communication, 15 (1), pp. 5-35.

Miller, D., 1999. Risk, science and policy: definitional struggles, information management, the media and BSE. Social Science and Medicine, 49 (9), pp. 1239-1255.

Miller, D., 1999. Introducing the 'gay gene': media and scientific representations. Public Understanding of Science, 4 (3), pp. 269-284.

McLaughlin, G. and Miller, D., 1996. The media politics of the Irish peace process. Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 1 (4), pp. 116-134.

Miller, D., 1994. Auntie gets a whiff of glasnost. Index on Censorship, 23 (6), pp. 50-53.

Miller, D., 1993. Why the public needs to know. Index on Censorship, 22 (8-9), pp. 5-6.

Miller, D., 1993. Official sources and 'primary definition' : the case of Northern Ireland. Media, Culture & Society, 15 (3), pp. 385-406.

Judge, K., Solomon, M., Miller, D. and Philo, G., 1992. Public opinion, the NHS, and the media: changing patterns and perspectives. BMJ, 304 (6831), pp. 892-895.

Miller, D., 1992. Contesting political violence : terrorism, propaganda and the media. The Linen Hall Review, 9 (1), pp. 37-39.

Henderson, L., Miller, D. and Reilly, J., 1991. When silence is no answer. Index on Censorship, 20 (2), pp. 2-3.


Mills, T., Griffin, T. and Miller, D., 2011. The Cold War on British Muslims: An examination of Policy Exchange and the Centre for Social Cohesion. Other. Glasgow: Public Interest Investigations.

Dinan, W. and Miller, D., 2009. Revolving Doors, Accountability and Transparency: Emerging Regulatory Concerns and Policy Solutions in the Financial Crisis. Discussion Paper. Paris: OECD.

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