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