My name is Sam Miles and I am a doctoral researcher at Queen Mary, University of London.
I study locative media – that is, mobile phone apps – and how they are used in cities. More specifically, I explore how non-heterosexual men use dating apps like Grindr and Tinder in London, UK, for social and sexual encounters – and how these mapping functions might change interactions with and through the city.
The PhD project combines study of human geography, technology and queer theory to progress ideas about mobile technology not just for gay men but for all sorts of populations who use technology today and in the future. After all, everyone loves/hates online dating…right?
This blog, ‘Sex(uality) & the City’, is a way of narrating some of my thoughts and findings within the research, as well signposting scholars of human geography, technology, and queer theory to resources I find useful. Finally, the blog will take a wider look at academia and politics. There’s a lot I love about academic life and some things I dislike about it too – and you’ll hear plenty of both on these pages.
Beyond the books I seem to spend most of my time going to friends’ weddings. I don’t know why, I think it’s just that age. Nothing beats seeing my friends cement their commitment as sorted, mature adults while I lose my train tickets and arrive late, sweating, to the ceremony.