Dr 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 - PS3151: Occupational & Organisational Psychology (CC); PS1030: Self & Society (CC), PS3090: Advanced & Applied Social Psychology, PS1010: Introduction to Psychological Research, PS2010: Psychological Research Methods & Analysis

MSc Modules - PS5202: Intergroup & Interpersonal Processes; PS5204: Advanced & Applied Research Techniques; PS5201: Psychology in Applied Settings; PS5303: Cognitive, Soccial and Neuroscience Approaches to Forensic Investigations

 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 - http://pc.rhul.ac.uk/sites/spin/. My work with this group was awarded a commendation for the excellence teaching prize by the college.


I am a member of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, as well as a member of the Social Identity and Representations Lab (http://pc.rhul.ac.uk/sites/SIRLab/)

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