We are delighted to share the wonderful news that Professor Melinda Mills, Nuffield Professor of Sociology and Professorial Fellow, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The 2018 Honours List was announced 8 June, and recognised Melinda for her services to social science.
Her work is highly interdisciplinary, combining social science and genetic approaches to studying areas such as fertility, partnerships and assortative mating. Responding to the news, she said, “I am absolutely thrilled by this honour and recognition of the strength of the social sciences in innovative interdisciplinary research. It has been a pleasure and honour to work with many talented co-researchers and students within my group and collaborators outside of the social sciences. I am convinced that radically different approaches will bring fundamentally new breakthroughs.”
Melinda is currently Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded SOCIOGENOME project, which examines whether there is a genetic component to reproductive outcomes; and the ESRC/National Centre for Research Methods SOCGEN project, which combines social science and molecular genetic research to examine inequality and the life course. She is also co-leader of Working Package 4 on Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Childlessness, within the FamiliesAndSocieties project consortium. The project aims to investigate the diversity of family forms, relationships, and life courses in Europe, with its results contributing to the assessment of existing policy and new evidence-based policy-making.
Melinda came to Nuffield in 2014, following positions at the University of Groningen, VU University Amsterdam and University of Bielefeld.
The Nuffield community warmly congratulates her on being awarded this honour.