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Research interests

Jane studied Social Psychology at the University of Sussex and worked in health and social care before completing her MA in Social and Public Administration at Brunel University. She worked as a researcher in the Department of Health and Social Security and then completed her doctorate in social policy at the University of York.

Following her first lectureship at the University of Ulster, Jane joined the University of Bath as a lecturer in social policy in 1988. She was Head of the Department of Social and Policy Sciences (1997 – 2000), Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2003 to 2005), Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Development) (2006 - 2008) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) 2008 - 2015).

Jane’s own research interests include social security policy, family policy and the policy implications of family change. She has been a Special Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee for Work and Pensions, to the Department for Work and Pensions, and the UK Representative on the EU Observatory on National Family Policies.

Jane was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2000 and as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2014.


External positions

Chair REF Main Panel C, HEFCE


Chair Nomination Committee, Academy of Social Sciences


Chair Research Grants Board, ESRC


Chair, Social Policy Association


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Projects 2007 2021

Research Output 1982 2018

Universal Credit, means-testing and social security

Millar, J. 29 Jan 2018 Social Policy Association

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access

Why we still need to #PressForProgress on women's poverty in the UK

Millar, J. 8 Mar 2018 British Academy

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access

Coping and Hoping: Interviews with low-income lone mothers

Millar, J. & Ridge, T. Aug 2017 Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access

Guest Post #14: Following families

Millar, J. & Ridge, T. Dec 2017

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Timing it wrong: Benefits, Income Tests, Overpayments and Debts

Whiteford, P. & Millar, J. 1 Mar 2017 Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access