Oxford Brookes Professor of Sociology appointed as independent expert at EU meeting on gender equality and paternal involvement in family work

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

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Dr Tina Miller Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, was appointed to take on the role of independent expert for the UK at a two day EU meeting in Berlin this month (4-5 October).

This invitation stems from Professor Miller’s longitudinal research, which spans over 20 years, on gender equality, modern family lives and practices of care and paid work. The meeting was part of a broader EU Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality and focused on Instruments to foster long-term paternal involvement in family work. 

The issue of how caring, parenting responsibilities and paid work are balanced is a key concern not just for individuals and couples trying to manage daily lives, but also at the national and global level

Tina Miller, Professor of Sociology


The programme addresses both the opportunities and constraints for policy implementation and highlights the possibilities and challenges for transferability of particular policies to other countries - especially in relation to family life. The overarching aim is to foster mutual learning on gender equality in Europe.

Delegates from 19 EU countries examined different country policies introduced to foster paternal involvement in family work. A key focus was to consider how more equal sharing of caring and family work can be achieved.

Participants at the Berlin conference included government representatives and independent experts from 19 Member States, as well as representatives from the European Commission. 

Professor Miller says the conference was an opportunity to share her research findings with a high level policy focused audience. She commented: “I’m delighted to have received this invitation. The issue of how caring, parenting responsibilities and paid work are balanced is a key concern not just for individuals and couples trying to manage daily lives, but also at the national and global level as gendered assumptions about who works and who cares have been transformed through social, cultural and economic change.”

As a recognised expert in this field, Professor Miller was also invited to give oral evidence last year to the Women and Equalities Committee parliamentary hearing on Fathers and the Workplace. The resulting Committee report concluded that fathers who want to take a more active role in raising their young children were being failed by “outdated” workplace policies which do not meet needs of modern-day families. The Committee’s report called for a re-think of government policies, to better reflect 21st century families

Further information on the undergraduate degree in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the University’s website.