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Research Interests

An expatriot United States citizen living in Northern Ireland, Robert Miller studied at Duke University and the University of Florida and completed his Ph.D. at the Queen's University of Belfast.   Until 2013 he was Deputy Director of the ARK Project (www.ark.ac.uk), a research infrastructure and dissemination initiative of staff at the two Northern Irish universities. 

Much of his career has focused on questions of social mobilty, broadly conceived; beginning with quantitative academic survey work and continuing with applications of mobility techniques to the investigation of religious discrimination and gender & political involvement in Northern Ireland.  He has contributed to the social policy debate surrounding equal opportunity issues in Northern Ireland -- most notably with a highly controversial study of religious discrimination in the Northern Irish Civil Service that led directly to major reforms within that body.  He was on the Steering and Executive Committees that created the European Sociological Association (ESA) and served a term as its General Secretary as well as being Chair of the ESA Research Network ‘Biographical Perspectives on European Societies’.  He moved to qualitative biographical methods in mid-career, directing a major European Commisson 7th Framework collaborative project on European identity (www.euroidenties.org).  He presently is developing interests in biographical identity in virtual reality cyberenvironments and in the use of in-depth family histories to investigate the intergenerational transmission of poverty within families in developing countries.

Some recent publications are: 

  • The Evolution of European Identities: Biographical approaches.  London:  Palgrave Macmillan (edited with Graham Day);
  • The Development of European Identity/Identities: Unfinished business.  Brussels: European Commission. http://ec.europa.eu/research/social-sciences/pdf/development-of-european-identity-identities_en.pdf;
  • ‘Ascending Out of Poverty: An analysis of family histories in Kenya’.  Manchester:  Chronic Poverty Research Centre, University of Manchester.  http://www.chronicpoverty.org/uploads/publication_files/WP219%20Miller%20et%20al.pdf;            
  • ‘Family Histories and Rural Inheritance in Kenya’.  Manchester:  Chronic Poverty Research Centre, University of Manchester.  http://www.chronicpoverty.org/uploads/publication_files/WP220%20Miller%20et%20al.pdf.
  • ‘Using Sound and Vision to Depict Agency and Structure in European Biographies’.  In: Social Subjectivity: Theories, Methods, Empirical Research [Podmiotoxosc Spoleczna: Teorie, Metody, Badania Empiryczne], edited by Adam Mrozowicki; Irena Szlachcicowa and Olga Nowaczyk.  NOMOS.
  • ‘The Evolution of European Identity: Using biographical methods to study the development of European identity’.  Sociological Review [Przeglad Socjologiczny] 60 (1): 9-40 (with F. Schütze).
  • ’Ignore the Man behind the Curtain: Exploration of Virtual Reality’.  In: Advances in Biographical Methods: Creativity, innovation and application, edited by Maggie O’Neill, Brian Roberts and Andrew Sparkes.  Forthcoming late 2014, Routledge. 

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Projects 2004 2014

R1900SSP: ESRC Festival of Social Science Week 2008

Miller, R.


Project: Research


Miller, R.


Project: Research

Research Output 1978 2018

Family Histories and Rural Inheritance in Kenya

Miller, R., Karin, F. Z., Bird, K., Nteza, E. K., Gitau, R. & Mathenge, M., Jul 2011

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

inheritance law
cultural capital

Ascending Out of Poverty: An analysis of family histories in Kenya

Miller, R., Mathenge, M., Bird, K., Karin, F. Z., Gitau, R. & Nteza, E. K., Jul 2011

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

Structured interview


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Robert Miller (Recipient), 2001

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

QUB Teaching Award

Robert Miller (Recipient), 2000

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 1977 2012

2011 European Conference of Sociology

Robert Miller (Keynote/plenary speaker)
07 Sep 201110 Sep 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

European Commission Conference "The Development of European Identities: Policy and Research Issues", Brussels, Belgium

Robert Miller (Organiser)
09 Feb 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research (Journal)

Robert Miller (Editor)
2011 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Economic & Social Research Council (External organisation)

Robert Miller (Member)
2011 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee