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Tom Mills


    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    I am open to supervising PhD students with an interest in elites, media and communications, think tanks, corporate influence on public policy, Islamophobia and counter-terrorism, and neoliberalism and conservatism.


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    Room: MB732(b)
    Phone: 0121 204 3332


    I am a sociologist with an interest in media and communications, elite institutions and networks, and the use of digital methods. I am the author of The BBC: Myth of a Public Service (Verso, 2016), which examines the BBC’s relationship with the state and the ways in which the rise of neoliberalism impacted on its organisational structure and culture. I am the co-editor of What is Islamophobia? Racism, Social Movements and the State (Pluto Press, 2017), a book which offers a realist conception of Islamophobia as the product of concrete social, political and cultural action by the social movements and the state. Among other things, I am currently working on a British Academy funded project using data from Who's Who to map the structure of the UK 'Establishment'.

    Research Interests

    • Media and Communications
    • Think tanks and policy networks
    • Elite social movements 
    • Sociology of knowledge and expertise
    • Counter-terrorism and Islamophobia
    • Digital methods, social network analysis, investigative research.

    Teaching Activity

    • Social Problems and Public Policies A (LK1021)
    • Racisms (LK2030)
    • Business, Government and Society (BS2239)

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of Bath


    External positions

    Senior Research Fellow

    31 Oct 2015 → …

    Vice Chair


    • HM Sociology
    • Elites
    • Media Communications
    • Corporate power
    • Social Network Analysis
    • Knowledge and Expertise
    • HT Communities. Classes. Races
    • Islamophobia


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