Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Professor Jane Millar

Professor of Social Policy with research interests in social security and family policy, lone parents, employment and poverty

BA (Sussex), MA (Brunel), DPhil (York)

10 West 3.61
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6711

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Jane studied social psychology at the University of Sussex and worked in health and social care before returning to academic study to focus on social security policy. She was a researcher in the Department of Health and Social Security and then completed her doctorate in social policy at the University of York. Her first lectureship was at the University of Ulster and she came to the University of Bath as a lecturer in social policy in 1988.

Publications include about 30 books, edited books and research reports; over 40 journal articles; over 60 book chapters; and over 150 conference/seminar papers.

Principal or co-investigator on over 30 externally-funded research projects, with funders including the ESRC, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the British Academy, the European Commission, and the Department for Work and Pensions. Special Adviser to House of Commons Select Committees, to the Department for Work and Pensions and the No. 10 Policy Unit.

Jane was awarded an OBE in 2001 for 'services to social policy research and teaching'. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Jane is elected chair of the Social Policy Association, chair of the nominations committee of the Academy of Social Sciences, and chair of one of the three inter-disciplinary Grant Assessment Panels of the Economic and Social Research Council. She is Chair of Main Panel C (Social Sciences) for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

She is a Trustee of Lankelly Chase, which supports work to improve the lives of the people currently most disadvantaged in our society, and of First Steps, a local Bath charity and social enterprise that provides Sure Start Childrens’ Centres and nurseries.

Jane was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Bath 2008 to 2015. 

Research interests

  • Lone parents and welfare to work
  • Social security and tax credits
  • Poverty
  • Family policy

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