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Dr Samuel Fairlamb


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Personal profile

Personal profile

I completed my PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London investigating how Islamophobic prejudice in the UK could be understood from integrating insights from multiple socio-psychological perspectives. 

My research interests broadly are interested in understanding the psychological function of the symbolic self, and how it may protect against deep-rooted anxieties concerning the inevitable demise of the physical self. I am particularly interested in how this need for symbolic systems of self-worth and immortality may be used to explain a diverse array of human phenomena, including prejudice, mental health and environmental attitudes.


UG Modules - PS3240: The Psychology of Love, Death and Meaning (module coordinator); PS1030: Understanding Individuals and Groups (module coordinator); PS2030: Social Psychology; PS2010: Psychological Research Methods & Analysis

MSc Modules - PS5201: Psychology in Applied Settings

I also supervise both UG and PG student projects. I have received four commendations for excellence in teaching by the college.

I also run a YouTube channel called The Psychology Debrief that is aimed at students who are studying Psychology in Higher Education. You can suggest content for this channel by tweeting me @thepsychdebrief, messaging me on instagram @thepsychologydebrief, or emailing me at


I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the British Psychological Society, as well as a member of the Social Identity and Representations Lab ( and THESIS (

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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