Professor Jane Millar
Professor of Social Policy with research interests in social security and family policy, lone parents, employment and poverty
ProfessorOBE, FBA, FAcSS, FRSA, FHEA
BA (Sussex), MA (Brunel), DPhil (York)
10 West 3.61
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6711
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 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.
- Lone parents and welfare to work
- Social security and tax credits
- Family policy
Millar, J., ed., 2009. Understanding Social Security: Issues for policy and practice. 2nd edition. Policy Press.
Apospori, E. and Millar, J., eds., 2003. The Dynamics of Social Exclusion in Europe:Comparing Austria, Germany, Greece, Portugal and the UK. Edward Elgar.
Millar, J., 2003. Understanding Social Security: Issues for policy and practice. Policy Press.
Millar, J. and Rowlingson, K., eds., 2001. Lone parents, employment and social policy: cross-national comparisons. The Policy Press.
Webster, L. and Millar, J., 2001. Making a Living: New Travellers, Social Security and Social Exclusion. Policy Press.
Millar, J. I., 2012. Activation as a Framework for Social Policies Towards Lone Parents: Is there a continental specificity?:Families and Family Policy. In: Saraceno, C. J., Lewis, J. and Leira, A., eds. Families and Family Policy.Vol. 2. UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 408-422.
Millar, J., 2010. Lone Mothers, Poverty and Paid Work in the UK. In: Chant, S., ed. The International Handbook Of Gender And Poverty: Concepts, Research and Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 147-152.
Millar, J., 2010. The United Kingdom: The Feminization of Poverty? In: Goldberg, G., ed. Poor Women in Rich Countries: The Feminization of Poverty Over the Life Course. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 121-150.
Millar, J., 2009. Introduction: The Role of Social Security in Society. In: Millar, J., ed. Understanding Social Security: Issues for Policy and Practice. 2nd edition. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 1-10.
Bennett, F. and Millar, J., 2009. Social Security Reforms and Challenges. In: Millar, J., ed. Understanding Social Security: Issues for Policy and Practice. 2nd edition. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 11-30.
Millar, J., 2007. Social Exclusion and Social Policy Research: Defining Exclusion. In: Abrams, D., Christian, D. and Gordon, D., eds. Multidisciplinary handbook of social exclusion research. Chichester: Wiley, pp. 1-16.
Millar, J., 2006. Better-Off in Work? Work, Security and Eelfare for Lone Mothers. In: Glendinning, C. and Kemp, P., eds. Cash and Care. Bristol: The Policy Press, pp. 171-186.
Millar, J., 2006. Families and Work: New Family Policy for the UK. In: Rossi, G., ed. Reconciling family and work: new challenges for social policies in Europe. Milan, Italy: Franco Angelli, pp. 183-198.
Millar, J. and Austin, M. J., 2006. The Role of Social Workers in Welfare-to-Work Programs:International perspectives on policy and practice. In: Hoefer, R. and Midgley, J., eds. International Perspectives on Welfare to Work Policy. Binghamton, NY: Taylor & Francis, pp. 149-158.
Millar, J., 2005. Lone mothers as workers: Restructuring welfare states? In: Grimshaw, P., Murphy, J. and Probert, B., eds. Double Shift: Working Mothers and Social Change. Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Publishing Group.
Millar, J., 2005. Work as Welfare: Lone mothers, social security and employment. In: Saunders, P., ed. Welfare to Work in Practice: Social Security and Participation in Economic and Social Life. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 23-42. (International studies on social security)
Middleton, S., Barnes, M. and Millar, J., 2003. Introduction: The Dynamic Analysis of Poverty and Social Exclusion. In: Apospori, E. and Millar, J., eds. The Dynamics of Social Exclusion in Europe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 1-15.
Millar, J., 2003. From Wage Replacement to Wage Supplementation: Benefits and Tax Credits. In: Millar, J., ed. Understanding Social Security. Bristol: The Policy Press, pp. 123-143.
Millar, J., 2003. Meeting the 70 per cent target: Policy gaps and options. In: Working to target: can policies deliver paid work for seven in ten lone parents. London: National Council for One Parent Families, pp. 22-26.
Millar, J., 2003. The Art of Persuasion? The British New Deal for Lone Parents. In: Walker, R. and Wiseman, M., eds. The Welfare We Want?: The British Challenge for American Reform. Bristol: The Policy Press, pp. 115-142.
Millar, J., 2002. Adjusting Welfare Policies to Stimulate Job Entry: The UK example. In: Sarfati, H. and Bonoli, G., eds. Labour market and social protections reforms in international perspective: Parallel or converging track? Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 266-284.
Millar, J., 2002. Diminishing welfare: The Case of the UK. In: Schaffner Goldberg, G. and Rosenthal, M., eds. Diminishing Welfare: A Cross-National Study of Social Provision. New York: Praeger, pp. 149-180.
Millar, J., 2002. Lone parenthood. In: Barnes, M., Heady, C., Middleton, S., Papadopoulos, F., Tsakloglou, P. and Millar, J., eds. Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe. London: Edward Elgar, pp. 79-100.
Millar, J. and Ridge, T., 2002. Parents, Children, Families and New Labour: Developing Family Policy? In: Powell, M., ed. Evaluating New Labour's welfare reforms. Bristol: The Policy Press, pp. 85-106.
Millar, J., 2001. Work Requirements and Labour Market Programmes for Lone Parents. In: Millar, J. and Rowlingson, K., eds. Lone parents employment and social policy cross-national comparisons. Bristol: The Policy Press, pp. 189-210.
Millar, J. I., 2000. Do-it-yourself social policy: Searching for a new Paradigm:The Foundations of the Welfare State. In: Goodin, R. and Mitchell, D., eds. The Foundations of the Welfare State. Edward Elgar.
McHugh, M. and Millar, J. I., 1997. Single mothers in Australia:Supporting mothers to seek work. In: Single Mothers In International Context. Routledge, pp. 149-178.
Millar, J. I., 1997. State, Family and Personal Responsibility:The changing balance for lone mothers in the UK. In: Ungerson, C., ed. Women and social policy. Macmillian.
Millar, J. I., 1994. Child Support in Lone-Parent Families: Policies in Australia and the UK':The International Library of Comparative Public Policy: Policy Evaluation. In: Whiteford, P. and Rist, R. C., eds. Child support in lone-parent families. Edward Elgar.
Millar, J., 1994. Understanding Labour Supply in Context: Households and Incomes. In: Bryson, A. and McKay, S., eds. Is it worth working? London: Policy Studies Institute.
Millar, J. and Bennett, F., 2016. Universal Credit:assumptions, contradictions and virtual reality. Social Policy and Society
Millar, J. and Ridge, T. M., 2013. Lone mothers and paid work:The ‘family-work project’. International Review of Sociology, 23 (3), pp. 564-577.
Ridge, T. and Millar, J., 2011. Following families: working lone-mother families and their children. Social Policy and Administration, 45 (1), pp. 85-97.
Millar, J., 2011. Desperately seeking security:UK family policy, lone mothers and paid work. Family Matters, 87, pp. 27-36.
Stupariu, J., Blagbrough, I., Millar, J. I., Rogers, P. and Sutton, J. W., 2011. Research in pharmacy and the role of the undergraduate programme:Course Directors’ perspectives. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 19 (Suppl 2), pp. 10-11.
Ridge, T. and Millar, J., 2009. Madri single che lavorano:Uno studio longitudinale. Sociologie e politiche sociali, 12 (3), pp. 123-138.
Millar, J. and Ridge, T., 2009. Relationships of care: working lone mothers, their children and employment sustainability. Journal of Social Policy, 38 (1), pp. 103-121.
Millar, J., 2008. Making work pay, making tax credits work: an assessment with specific reference to lone-parent employment. International Social Security Review, 61 (2), pp. 21-38.
Millar, J., 2007. The dynamics of poverty and employment: the contribution of qualitative longitudinal research to understanding transitions, adaptations and trajectories. Social Policy and Society, 6 (4), pp. 533-544.
Corden, A. and Millar, J., 2007. Time and change: a review of the qualitative longitudinal research literature for social policy. Social Policy and Society, 6, pp. 583-592.
Knijn, T., Martin, C. and Millar, J., 2007. Activation as a framework for social policies towards lone parents: is there a continential specificity? Social Policy and Administration, 41 (6), pp. 638-652.
Corden, A. and Millar, J., 2007. Qualitative longitudinal research for social policy - Introduction to themed section. Social Policy and Society, 6 (4), pp. 529-532.
Gardiner, K. and Millar, J., 2006. How low-paid employees avoid poverty: An analysis by family type and household structure. Journal of Social Policy, 35 (3), pp. 351-369.
Millar, J. and Austin, M., 2006. The Role of social workers in Welfare-to-Work programs: international perspectives on policy and practice. The Journal of Policy Practice, 5 (2/3), pp. 149-158.
Millar, J., 2005. Simplification, modernisation and social security. Benefits, 13, pp. 10-15.
Martin, C. and Millar, J., 2004. Les politiques sociales en direction des ménages monoparentaux: tendances européennes. Dialogue, 163, pp. 72-88.
Millar, J., 2003. Squaring the circle? Means testing and individualisation in the UK and Australia. Social Policy and Society, 3 (1), pp. 67-74.
Rowlingson, K. and Millar, J., 2002. Lone parents, poverty and work:Policy approaches and lessons from abroad. Benefits, 10, pp. 207-213.
Ridge, T. M. and Millar, J. I., 2000. Excluding Children:Autonomy, Friendship and the Experience of the Care System. Social Policy and Administration, 34 (2), 160 - 175.
Millar, J. I., 2000. Genere, povert e esclusione sociale, in F Bimbi, E. Ruspini (eds). Povert delle donne e transformazione dei rapporti di genere, 128, 9 - 11.
Millar, J. I., 1996. Family obligations and social policy:The case of child support. Policy Studies, 17 (3), 181 - 193.
Millar, J. I. and Klein, R., 1995. Do-It-Yourself Social Policy:Searching for a new paradigm? Social Policy and Administration, 29 (4), pp. 303-316.
Millar, J. I. and Burgoyne, C., 1994. Enforcing Child Support Obligations:The attitudes of separated fathers. Policy and Politics, 22 (2), 95 - 104.
Millar, J. I. and Bradshaw, J., 1994. Lone mothers:Family, employment and benefit changes. Benefits, 9, 16 - 18.
Millar, J. I., 1994. State, family and personal responsibility:The changing balance for lone mothers in the UK. Feminist Review, 48, 24 - 40.
Millar, J. I. and Whiteford, P., 1993. Child support in lone-parent families:Policies in Australia and the UK. Policy and Politics, 21 (1), pp. 59-72.
Millar, J. I., 1992. Cross-national research on women in the European Community:Methodological considerations. Women's Studies International Forum, 15 (1), 77 - 84.
Millar, J. I. and Bradshaw, J., 1991. Lone-parent families in the UK:Research findings and policy issues. Benefits, 1, 7 - 10.
Bradshaw, J. and Millar, J., 1990. Lone-parent families in the UK:challenges for social security policy. International Social Security Review, 43 (4), pp. 446-459.
Millar, J. I., Cooke, K. and McLaughlin, E., 1989. The employment lottery:Risk and social security benefits. Policy and Politics, 17 (1), 75- 82.
Millar, J. I., 1988. Barriers to equal treatment and equal outcome:Means-testing and unemployment. International Social Security Association, Studies and Research, 27.
Snell, K. D. M. and Millar, J., 1987. Lone-parent families and the Welfare State: past and present. Continuity and Change, 2 (03), pp. 387-422.
Ridge, T. and Millar, J., 2013. IPR Policy Brief - The family-work project: working lone mother families and their children. University of Bath.
Lyon, N., Barnes, M. and Millar, J., 2008. Employment transitions and the changes in economic circumstances of families with children: Evidence from the Families and Children Study (FACS). Department for Work and Pensions: Corporate Document Services. (Research Report No 506)
Ridge, T. and Millar, J., 2008. Work and well-being over time: lone mothers and their children. Department for Work and Pensions. (Department for Work and Pensions Research Report; No 536)
Gardiner, K. and Millar, J., 2006. Avoiding poverty over time: low-paid workers, households and welfare. Working Paper. Bath: University of Bath.
Millar, J., Ridge, T. and Bennett, F., 2006. Part-time work and social security: increasing the options. Department for Work and Pensions. (Research Report No 351)
Millar, J. and Evans, M., 2003. Lone parents and employment: international comparisons of what works. Department for Work and Pensions.
Evans, M., Eyre, J., Sarre, S. and Millar, J., 2003. New Deal for Lone Parents: second synthesis report of the national evaluation. Department for Work and Pensions. (Research Report No 163)
Whiteford, P., Mendelson, M. and Millar, J., 2003. Timing it right? Tax Credits and responding to income changes. Discussion Paper. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Millar, J. and Ridge, T., 2001. Families, poverty, work and care: A review of the literature on lone parents and low-income couple families with children. Department for Works and Pensions. (Research Report No. 153)
Conference or Workshop Items
Millar, J., 2016. People remember stories:research, evidence and policy. In: Social Research Association Annual Conference, 2015-12-14 - 2015-12-14, British Library.
Millar, J., 2008. Work is good for you: lone mothers, children, work and well-being. In: Third Annual KELA lecture, 2008-01-01.