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Dr Sam Miles

BA (Hons) MA MRes PhD FHEA

Research Fellow
in Social Science

Room
TP 236

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44(0)20 7927 7823

I am a qualitative social sciences researcher, focusing on young people, sexual & reproductive health & rights (SRHR), and digital technology.

Drawing on my work in sexuality and space studies, queer theory, and locative digital media (that is, GPS-enabled mobile dating apps) my doctorate explored how MSM negotiate public and private space, social-sexual encounters and issues of risk and surveillance when using locative digital media. In-depth qualitative fieldwork with men living and working in London emphasised the embodied experiences of these users in a digitally enhanced but demonstrably physical context.

As a member of the DEPTH group (Dialogue, Evidence, Participation & Translation for Health) at LSHTM, I research sexual & reproductive health & rights in complex environments (ACCESS), young people's sociological experiences of sickle cell, and digital lives.

I also have experience teaching for the British Council, working as a researcher in media technology, and as a grantwriter for the Helen Bamber Foundation.

You can read my blog here.

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Public Health, Environments and Society

Teaching

I am a seminar leader for the Principles of Social Research module, and guest seminar leader on the Qualitative Methodologies module. I am also a personal tutor for MSc Public Health students.

Research

My research integrates technology studies, social sciences and broadly queer theoretical approaches to better understand human behaviour in increasingly digitally-mediated societies, with a focus on real-life contexts. My fellowship at LSHTM includes work on community involvement, participation in health, adolescent sexual health and behaviour and family planning, especially amongst marginalised populations. I am also interested in urban studies, MSM health and risk-taking, and gender and sexuality.

I am a peer reviewer for Health & Place, Culture; Health & Sexuality; Frontiers in Psychology and International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP), and the early-career representative for the Critical Public Health research group at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

All of my papers are open access, available here.

Research Area
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Fertility
Gender
Ethnography
Inequalities
Mobile technologies
Public understanding
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Schools
Discipline
Anthropology
Sociology
Social Sciences
Region
World

Selected Publications

Inviting the stranger in: intimacy, digital technology and new geographies of encounter
Miles S; Koch R
2020
Progress in Human Geography: an international review of geographical work in the social sciences and humanities
'Slow co-production’ for deeper patient involvement in health care
Miles S; Renedo A; Marston C
2018
The Journal of Health Design
Transitions to adulthood: self-governance and disciplining in the making of patient citizens.
Renedo A; Miles S; Marston C
2018
Sociology of health & illness
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