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 with a particular focus on Ronald Fairbairn's theory. She gained her Doctorate in Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh in 2016 (awarded without correction).

 Her current work foregrounds lived experiences, examining how the socio-political bears upon the personal-subjective. She has authored several papers foregrounding psychosocial investigations in leading journals. She works with creative, qualitative methodology in composing evocative accounts of the other and their lived domains. 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. As a COSCA-accredited trainer for the Postgraduate programmes (Masters /Diploma in Counselling) at Edinburgh, her teaching pushes for a more politically sensitive curriculum that addresses social inequality in the consulting room.

Nini is a Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). She sits on the Executive Board for the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS), the Editorial Board for New Associations (British Psychoanalytic Council). She is also one of the Associate Directors for the Centre of Creative-Relational Inquiry (UoE). She is also involved in research networks such as Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS), the Higher Education Research Group (HERG, UoE) and the research network Race.Ed (UoE).

She is a regular reviewer for the Journal of Psychosocial Studies, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, and Psychodynamic Practice.


Professional memberships / Research Networks

  • Registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since September 2015; professional accreditation awarded since May 2018.
  • Accredited trainer of COSCA for the Postgraduate counselling programmes (Masters /Diploma in Counselling)
  • Board Member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS)
  • Member of the Association for Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS)
  • Member of the UoE Higher Education Research Group (HERG)
  • Member of the UoE Race.Ed Research Network


Editorial and Academic Services

  • Reviewer for the Journal of Psychosocial Studies;  Psychodynamic Practice; Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society
  • Guest Editor on the special issue: “Psychosocial perspectives on race, racism and anti-racist action” (2021), The Journal of Psychosocial Studies.
  • Guest Editor on the special issue: “Qualitative inquiry as activism" (2021), International Review of Qualitative Research.
  • External Moderator for the programme: ‘Professional doctorate in advanced practice and research: social work and social care (D55)’, the Tavistock and Portman NHS / University of Essex
  • Editorial Board, New Associations, British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
  • Scholar, British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
  • Executive Board, Association for Psychosocial Studies

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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