Dr Sam Miles
BA (Hons) MA MRes PhD FHEA
in Social Science
15-17 Tavistock Place
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.
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.
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.