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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.

Willing to supervise PhD

Not currently

External positions

Council member, The British Academy


Chair Grants Board C, ESRC


Chair REF Main Panel C, HEFCE


Chair Nomination Committee, Academy of Social Sciences


Chair, Social Policy Association


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Projects 2007 2021

Research Output 1982 2020

2 Citations (Scopus)
85 Downloads (Pure)

No margin for error: fifteen years in the working lives of lone mothers and their children

Millar, J. & Ridge, T., 31 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Social Policy. 49, 1, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
working life
social security
security policy
policy development
development policy
20 Downloads (Pure)

Timing it right or timing it wrong: How should income-tested benefits deal with changes in circumstances?

Millar, J. & Whiteford, P., 1 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. 28, 1, p. 3-20 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

Self-Responsibility and Activation for Lone Mothers in the United Kingdom

Millar, J., 1 Jan 2019, In : American Behavioral Scientist. 63, 1, p. 85-99 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Family and state obligation: The contribution to family policy studies

Millar, J., 30 Nov 2018, Handbook of Family Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, p. 36-47 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Family and State Obligation: the contribution to family policy studies

Millar, J., 30 Nov 2018, Handbook of Child and Family Policy. Bjork Eydal, G. & Rostgaard, T. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 4

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

family policy
policy studies
family member


Inspection in action - an evaluation of hospital inspections in Wales

Author: Hanser, A. C., 3 May 2018

Supervisor: Millar, J. (Supervisor), Shaw, C. (External person) (Advisor) & Potter, C. (External person) (Advisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Health (DHealth)


Lone parents and welfare-to-work reform: A policy appraisal

Author: Haux, T., 1 Jul 2009

Supervisor: Millar, J. (Supervisor) & Harkness, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Managing shared residence: a study of fathers' experiences in Britain and France.

Author: Masardo, A., 1 Nov 2008

Supervisor: Millar, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD