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


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