Professor Tina Miller BA, MSc, PhD

Professor of Sociology


  • U26120 'Researching the Social World'
  • U26171 'Sociology of Health and Illness
  • U26199 Undergraduate dissertation supervision
  • MSc in Cancer Studies



Research Students

Tina is currently supervising PhD students who are working in the following areas:

  • Equality duty and lone mother experiences
  • Gendering international security: deconstructing the gendered narratives of international security institutions

Tina Miller is a Professor of Sociology. Her research and teaching interests include motherhood and fatherhood transitions, constructions of gender and identities, masculinities, reproductive health, narratives, qualitative research methods and ethics and she has published in these areas. Tina has lived and worked in the Solomon Islands and Bangladesh as well as Oxford and has a particular interest in cultural dimensions and the situated nature of everyday experiences. Tina has been engaged as an expert advisor by the World Health Organisation (Geneva), think tanks and political parties in the UK and presented her work at UNICEF headquarters (New York) as well as in Australia, India and Argentina. She regularly participates in TV and radio programmes in relation to her research and publications on motherhood and fatherhood and was recently selected from over 2000 entrants to attend the BBC's inaugural training scheme for female experts.

Tina has recently completed a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship focusing on the topic of 'Managing modern family lives: public understandings and everyday practises of caring and paid work'. Her CUP monongraph based on her findings will be published late 2016.



  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters


Journal articles

  • Miller, T. and Dermott, E. (2015) Contemporary fatherhood: continuity, change and future (Editorial) Families, Relationships and Societies, 4(2): 179-181
  • Dermott, E. and Miller, T. (2015) More than the sum of its parts? Contemporary fatherhood policy, practice and discourse. Families, Relationships and Societies, 4 (2)  183-195.
  • Miller, T. (2015) Going back: 'Stalking', talking and researcher responsibilities in qualitative longitudinal research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology Vol 18(3): pp 293-305 
  • Vieira, C., Portela, A, Marston, C, Miller, T., Coast, E. & Leone, T. (2012) Interventions to increase the use of skilled health personnel in settings where traditional birth attendants were the primary providers of childbirth care: a systematic review. PLoS ONE7 (10): e47946. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047946
  • Miller, T. (2012) Balancing Caring and Paid Work in the UK: Narrating 'Choices' as First-Time Parents. International Review of Sociology / Revue International de Sociologie Vol. 22(1):107-120
  • Miller, T. (2011) Falling Back into Gender: Men's Narratives and Practices around First-time Fatherhood. Sociology. 45(6):1094-1109.
  • Miller, T. (2010). 'It's a Triangle that's Difficult to Square'. Men's Intentions and Practices Around Caring, Work and First-Time Fatherhood. Fathering, 8(3), 362-378.
  • Miller, T. (2009). Thoughts around the Maternal: A Sociological Viewpoint. Studies in the Maternal, 1 (1). Available from:
  • Miller, T. (2007) 'Is this what motherhood is all about?' Weaving experiences and discourse through transition to first-time motherhood. Gender & Society.21: 337-358.
  • Miller, T. and Boulton, M. (2007) 'Changing constructions of informed consent: qualitative research and complex social worlds' Social Science and Medicine. 65 (11): 2199-2211.
  • Miller, T., Bonas, S, Dixon-Woods, M. (2007) 'Qualitative research on breastfeeding in the UK: A narrative review and methodological reflection' Evidence and Policy. Vol.3 (2).
  • Dixon-Woods, M., Miller, T. et al (2007). 'Appraising qualitative research for inclusion in systematic reviews: a quantitative and qualitative comparison of 3 methods'. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy. 12 (1): pp 42-4
  • Dixon-Woods, M., Miller, T. et al (2006). 'How can systematic reviews incorporate qualitative research? A critical perspective'. Qualitative Research. 6 (1): pp 27-44.
  • Miller, T. (2003). 'Shifting perceptions of expert knowledge: becoming a mother'. Human Fertility. Vol.6 (3). pp142-146.
  • Miller, T. (2000) 'Losing the plot: narrative construction and longitudinal childbirth research'. Qualitative Health Research, 10 (3): pp 309-323.
  • Birch, M and Miller, T. (2000). 'Inviting intimacy: the interview as therapeutic opportunity'. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 3(3): pp 189-202.

Book chapters

  • Miller, T. (2014) 'Anticipating and experiencing birth: Men, essentialisms and reproductive realms' in Nash, M. (ed), Reframing Reproduction. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Miller, T. (2013) 'Messy ethics: negotiating the terrain between ethics approval and ethical practice' in McClancy, J. & Fuentes, A. (eds) Ethics in the Field: Contemporary Challenges. London: Berghahn Books.
  • Miller, T. (2013) 'Engaging with the maternal: tentative mothering acts, props and discourses in O'Donohoe, S., Hogg, M., Maclaran, P., L. Martens, Stevens, L. (eds) Motherhood, Markets and Consumption: The Making of Mothers in Contemporary Western Cultures. London: Routledge.
  • Miller, T. (2012) 'Reconfiguring research relationships: Regulation, new technologies and doing ethical research' in T. Miller, M. Birch, M. Mauthner. and J. Jessop (Eds) Ethics in Qualitative Research. Second Edition. London: Sage.
  • Mauthner, M., Birch, M., Miller, T. and Jessop, J. (2012) 'Navigating ethical dilemmas and new digital horizons' in T. Miller, M. Birch, M. Mauthner. and J. Jessop (Eds) Ethics in Qualitative Research. Second Edition. London: Sage.
  • Miller, T. (2012) Men, Fatherhood and Work: Theorising and Researching Selves, Narratives and Relational Connections in Men's Family Lives. Studi interdisciplinari sulla famiglia. Dipartimento di Sociologia Universit� Cattolica di Milano, Italy.
  • Miller, T. (2011) 'The storied human life: A narrative approach' (Chapter 1 from Making Sense of Motherhood: A Narrative Approach) translated into Italian in G. Rossi and S. Mazzucchelli (eds) Paternit� e Maternit� quale relazione? Sociologia e Politiche Sociali, vol. 14 3.
  • Miller, T. and Alldred, P. (2007) 'Measuring what's valued or valuing what's measured? Knowledge production and the RAE' in V. Gillies and H. Lucey (eds) Power, Knowledge and the Academy: The Institutional is Political. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Miller, T. (2005). 'Being with women: public policy and private experience' in P. O'Luanaigh, and C. Carlson (eds) Going public: the midwives contribution to public and community health' Oxford: Elsevier.