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Research Profile

  • Mils Hills is currently Associate Professor in Risk, Resilience and Corporate Security at the University of Northampton Business School (UK) alongside his role as Head of the online MBAplus Programme and a management role in the Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance (CCEG).

    Associate Professor Dr Mils Hills graduated with a PhD (1998) and MA (Hons) (1995) in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. He joined the research agency of the Ministry of Defence in 1998. Within a couple of years, he rose from being a contributing researcher in the area of Information Warfare to leading the national research capability in targeting / defending decision-making and business processes (Information Operations). He was later seconded to the Cabinet Office, helping establish the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, building the resilience and security of UK plc. as well as supporting the development of foreign policy, legislation and operational interventions in civilian, defence, intelligence and other activities.

    Using proprietary methods informed by his academic and applied research, Mils worked in sensitive and highly classified commissions to management boards and Permanent Secretaries across all Departments, but notably:

    • 10 Downing Street
    • the intelligence agencies
    • the Governor of the Bank of England
    • the Houses of Parliament, and
    • the Royal Household.

    Increasingly, this work also involved co-ordination with private sector partners. During much of this period, he remained the UK research capability head for Information Operations research.

    Believing in the market value of his approach, he co-founded the consultancy Analytic Red LLP which worked with both government and commercial clients between 2005-10. Returning to academia in November 2010, he took an interim post at the University of Leicester (reviving a multi-million pound distance-learning MSc) and then a senior lectureship at Coventry University (Global Strategy), before joining Northampton Business School in 2012 as Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management.

    At Northampton, Mils has led bids and delivered consultancy.  In September 2013, he was appointed Associate Professor in Risk, Resilience and Corporate Security whilst also being Programme Leader for the distance-learning MBAplus and leader of the Critical Issues module on the MBAplus programme. He is currently developing a new online Masters programme in applied risk and crisis management..

    Mils is an external Assessor and dissertation supervisor for the world-renowned MSc programme in Cybersecurity at Warwick University – specialising in the human factors of Information Security. He also sits on the Senate and Court of the University of Northampton; currently supervise two PhD students and forms part of the management team of the business school’s Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance (CCEG). In this latter role, he is Solutions Architect; business mentor for third sector and other organisations and works to grow CCEG’s reach in the health, automotive, defence and psychological service markets.

  • Mils currently teaches across a wide range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in Northampton Business School: ranging from BUS1005 (Business in Context) through strategic Management BUS3005 to the Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Mils leads the Programme for the Online MBA.​

  • Mils has been involved in a wide range of research projects during his civil service, consultancy and academic career, with his main focus in the following subject areas:

    • Information Warfare (IW) / Information Operations (IO)
    • Open Source Intelligence exploitation
    • Cyber-warfare
    • Targeting & defending decision-makers
    • Scenario-planning and scenario-testing for policy, operational and strategic decision-takers
  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Mils Hills’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.