Mr Samuel Fairlamb

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 why human beings struggle to peacefully co-exist. 


UG Modules: Occupational & Organisational Psychology, Advanced & Applied Social Psychology, Criminal & Forensic Psychology, Introduction to Psychological Research, Psychological Research Methods & Analysis

MSc Modules: Intergroup & Interpersonal Processes, Advanced & Applied Research Techniques, Psychology in Applied Settings


I also run a discussion group called Social Psychology in the News (SPIN) that is aimed at students who are interested in understanding how Social Psychology can be applied to current news stories/cultural trends -


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

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