Gordon Sammut studied undergraduate psychology at the University of Malta, graduating in 2003 with a First Class Honours degree. He proceeded to study social psychology at the LSE, where he graduated with a Masters with distinction in 2006 and subsequently a PhD in 2010. Gordon has also read a postgraduate certificate in higher education at the same institution. Prior to joining the University of Malta in 2009, Gordon Sammut worked for The Open University and the LSE. He is presently Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Malta and visiting fellow at the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, LSE.
Gordon Sammut is Associate Editor for the APA journal Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Studies. He has served as chief editor for Papers on Social Representations (psr.iscte-iul.pt), Understanding the Self and Others: Explorations in Intersubjectivity and Interobjectivity (2013, Routledge), The Cambridge Handbook of Social Representations (2015, Cambridge University Press) and Methods of Psychological Intervention (2016, InfoAge). He has published various articles in leading academic journals as well as lectured at various institutions around the world. He has worked on two large-scale international studies (MIRIPS; Re.Cri.Re) that have looked at intercultural relations and sense-making processes respectively. He is interested in studying cultured mentalities and their implications on social relations. In particular, he is interested in how open and closed-minded outlooks may precipitate dialogue and conflict. Gordon Sammut also has a keen interest in evolutionary psychology and research methods in the social sciences spanning quantitative and qualitative techniques.
Research interests: perspective-taking and closed-mindedness; intergroup and intercultural relations; distributed and situated cognition; evolutionary psychology; research methods
Sammut, G., Daanen, P. & Moghaddam, F.M. 2013, Understanding the Self and Others: Explorations in Intersubjectivity and Interobjectivity, Routledge.
Tsirogianni, S. & Sammut, G. 2013, "Transitivity analysis: A framework for the study of social values in the context of points of view", British Journal of Social Psychology, .
Daanen, P. & Sammut, G. 2012, "GH Mead and knowing how to act: Practical meaning, routine interaction, and the theory of interobjectivity", Theory & Psychology, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 556-571.
Sammut, G., Tsirogianni, S. & Wagoner, B. 2012, "Representations from the past: social relations and the devolution of social representations", Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 493-511.
Sammut, G. 2011, "Civic solidarity: the negotiation of identity in modern societies", Papers on Social Representations, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 4.1-4.24.
Sammut, G. & Bauer, M.W. 2011, "Social Influence: Modes and Modalities" in The Social Psychology of Communication, eds. D. Hook, B. Franks & M.W. & Bauer, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, pp. 87-106.
Sammut, G. & Gillespie, A. 2011, "(Eds.). Cultural Encounters and Social Solidarity [special issue]", Papers on Social Representations, vol. 20, no. 1.
Sammut, G. 2010, "Points of View and the reconciliation of identity oppositions: examples from the Maltese in Britain.", Papers on Social Representations, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 9.1-9.22.
Sammut, G., Daanen, P. & Sartawi, M. 2010, "Interobjectivity: representations and artefacts in Cultural Psychology", Culture & Psychology, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 451-463.
Sammut, G. & Gaskell, G. 2010, "Points of view, social positioning, and intercultural relations", Journal for the theory of social behavior, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 47-64.