Dr Nini Fang (DPsych(Edin), MBACP(Accred), FHEA)



Nini spent her doctoral years looking into the intrapsychic phenomenon of melancholia (depression) in relation to identity and loss through psychoanalytic theorisation with a particular focus on Ronald Fairbairn's theory.  As a psychoanalytic practitioner (accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, BACP), she has authored and published several research articles drawing on clinical practice and theoretical reflections in international, specialist journals within the field. 

Her doctoral thesis opened her up to new dimensions of psychosocial questioning which explores the intra-active entanglements of the cultural and the personal, the internal and the external, the personal-subjective and the socio-cultural. Since the completion of her doctoral studies in 2016, she has been fulfilling her research interests in psychoanalytically-informed psychosocial studies and has authored several papers foregrounding psychosocial investigations in leading journals. 

She is a Member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS) Executive and Advisory Group and the convener of Psychosocial Study Group in Scotland housed under the APS. She is also part of the Psychosocial Study Group at the British Sociological Association (BSA).  Nini is a COSCA-approved trainer for the Postgraduate programmes (Masters /Diploma in Counselling) at Edinburgh.

As a researcher, trainer, and teacher in higher education, she brings psychosocial thinking to her work in Critical University Studies, exploring how historicity and culture bear upon the pedagogical practice and institutional functioning through psychoanalysis and critical theory. She is involved as a member of the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) and the research network Race.Ed at the University of Edinburgh. 


Undergraduate teaching

MA Health in Social Science: https://www.ed.ac.uk/health/subject-areas/counselling/ma-health-science-society

- Identity and Experience in Health and Society

- Nature, Greenspace and Health

Postgraduate teaching

 MSc Counselling Studies: https://www.ed.ac.uk/health/subject-areas/counselling/postgraduate-taught/taught/msc-counselling

- Counselling across Language and Culture 

Master of Counselling / PG Dip in Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue): https://www.ed.ac.uk/health/subject-areas/counselling/postgraduate-taught/placement-based-programmes/master-counselling-id

-  Beginnings in Counselling Practice

- The Counselling Relationship: Theory, Practice and Process

- Developing Narratives of Self

- Difference, Diversity and Power

- From Two Person to Three Person to the Group: A Psychodynamic Perspective

- Psychological Vulnerabilities and Distress in Counselling Practice

- Transitions, Endings and Beginnings

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

- Psychoanalytic inquiry: Ronald D Fairbairn, object-relations theory, depression, anti-psychiatry critique

- Psychosocial studies: culture and identity, 'race' and ethnicity studies, critical theory and postcolonial criticism, psychoanalytically-informed cultural analysis, post-human critical theory

- Critical University Studies: education and democracy, neoliberalism and late / advanced capitalism, social justice through education, reflexivity in counselling education

- Narrative inquiry / Auto-ethnographic studies

Affiliated research centres

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