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Research interests

I joined the University of Bath from the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. Prior to that I completed an MSc in Latin American Politics at the University of London, and an MSc in Social Science Research Methods and my PhD at Cardiff University, obtaining a Category 1 in the latter. My thesis explored how marginalised LGBTI populations in Chile were able to access the justice system to uphold and/or advance their rights in the late 2000s.

Between 2009 and 2012, I worked as a consultant researcher for the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile, working on sexual orientation and gender identity rights and human rights.

In 2010, I was awarded the Harold Blakemore Prize by the Society of Latin American Studies for a paper based on my PhD thesis.

Having lived for extended periods in both Chile and Portugal, I am fluent in both languages and have worked as an interpreter in both languages as I hold an Institute of Linguistics Diploma in Public Service Interpreting.

I am currently researching compliance in relation to rulings from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and am working on a project based at the University of Bergen and CMI, Bergen on legal mobilisation and sexual rights in Latin America. I am also involved in a project on older transgender people in Wales, acting in an advisory capacity.

Research interests

  • LGBTI Rights in Latin America
  • Legal Mobilisation
  • Judicialisation of Politics in Latin America
  • Human Rights
  • Innovative Research Methods

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Chile Social Sciences
human rights Social Sciences
Wales Medicine & Life Sciences
sexual orientation Social Sciences
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public interest Social Sciences
lawyer Social Sciences
gender Social Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2018

Oscar for A Fantastic Woman highlights Chile’s long battle for LGBTI rights

Miles, P., 7 Mar 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
Golden Globe
Berlin Film Festival

Challenging Heteronormativity: Atala Riffo and Daughters v. Chile

Miles, P., 28 Mar 2017, Chile and the Inter-American Human Rights System. Smart, S., Fernandez, K. & Peña, C. (eds.). Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

human rights
sexual orientation
11 Citations (Scopus)

'Everyday advocates' for inclusive care? Perspectives on enhancing the provision of long-term care services for older lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in Wales

Willis, P., Raithby, M., Maegusuku-Hewett, T. & Miles, P., 1 Mar 2017, In : British Journal of Social Work. 47, 2, p. 409-426 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Long-Term Care
23 Citations (Scopus)

Swimming Upstream: The Provision of Inclusive Care to Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in Residential and Nursing Environments in Wales

Willis, P., Raithby, M., Maegusuku-Hewett, T. & Miles, P., 1 Feb 2016, In : Ageing and Society. 36, 2, p. 282-306 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)
gender identity
sexual orientation
public interest