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Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities and Science, has appointed Professor Melinda Mills as Council member for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Melinda mills appointment esrc

Council is the senior decision making body of the ESRC, and is comprised of individuals from business, civil society and the public sector as well as representatives from the academic community. The role of the ESRC Council is to decide on all issues of major importance, principally issues of corporate strategy, key strategic objectives and targets. 

Melinda Mills is the Nuffield Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. She is a specialist in the area of sociogenomics (combining social science and molecular genetics), life course research (fertility, partnerships, assortative mating) and has published in the areas of labour market, cross-national research and statistics. Melinda is an elected member of the European Academy of Sociology and has held faculty positions in the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Groningen) and Germany (Bielefeld). Melinda is the Editor-in-Chief of the European Sociological Review and publishes in both social and natural science journals. 
Commenting on her appointment Professor Mills said: ‘I am honoured to be appointed to the Council at this critical time and dedicated to demonstrating the importance of social science in an increasingly interdisciplinary environment. I am likewise delighted to bring my international and European experience.’