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Reem Abdelhamid

PhD Research Student

 Washington Singer 216


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK


Over 20 years of professional experience in resource mobilization and fund-raising for non-profit organizations and charitable entities in the Middle East and Gulf States. I have a particular interest in advocacy of humanitarian causes and I have a dream to be an agent of change to make our world a better place for all mankind.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Social Identity Approach,
  • Behavioral Patterns,
  • Influencing Decisions,
  • Persuasion,
  • Charitable Giving,
  • Sustained Giving.




Research projects

Project Title: Social Identity Theory and Sustainable Charitable Giving

Supervisors: Dr J.R. Smith and Dr T. Kurz

Funding Body: Private

Project Description: the research explores what makes people in the Middle East and Gulf States give to charity in a sustainable manner; what hinders their giving; and how to affect their decision to give and to make their giving sustainable, rather than one-off. The research is mainly divided into three main qualitative and quantitative research projects: collection of archival data of a natural disaster to determine patterns of giving; in-depth face-to-face interviews of high profile philanthropists from the Middle East and Gulf region; and an experimental phase based on the findings of the first two research projects in order to determine if decisions may be altered to increase sustainability of giving.


Supervision / Group

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