Dr Sam Miles

BA (Hons) MA MRes PhD FHEA

Assistant Professor
in Social Science

TP 236

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44(0)20 7927 7823

I am an Assistant Professor in social sciences at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. My work focuses on young people, sexual & reproductive health & rights (SRHR) and digital technology.

As a member of the DEPTH (Dialogue, Evidence, Participation & Translation for Health) group, I research sexual & reproductive health & rights in complex environments (ACCESS), young people's sociological experiences of sickle cell, and digital lives. I also conduct research into Covid-19 and health services for Gypsy, Roma & Traveller communities and migrant workers in the UK. You can read more about the 'Routes' project here.

Prior to my Assistant Professor post, I worked as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at LSHTM. From 2013-2017 I completed an ESRC-funded MRes and PhD in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London. My doctorate explored how non-heterosexual men negotiate public and private space and social-sexual encounters when using GPS-enabled mobile dating apps. In-depth qualitative fieldwork app users living and working in London emphasised the embodied experiences of these users in a digitally enhanced but demonstrably physical context.

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 articles here, my blog here and connect on Twitter here.


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


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

I am available for PhD supervision on the following topics:

- LGBTQ+ wellbeing and sexual health

- Digital technology

- Young people

- Health geographies


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 work at LSHTM includes community involvement, participation in health, adolescent sexual health and behaviour and family planning, especially amongst marginalised populations. I am also interested in urban studies, LGBTQ health and community, and gender and sexuality.

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

All of my papers are published open access and available here.

Research Area
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Mobile technologies
Public understanding
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Social Sciences

Selected Publications

Inviting the stranger in: Intimacy, digital technology and new geographies of encounter
Koch R; Miles S
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
The Journal of Health Design
Transitions to adulthood: self-governance and disciplining in the making of patient citizens.
Renedo A; Miles S; Marston C
Sociology of health & illness
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