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 Damilola Makanju

Damilola Makanju

PhD Student

 Washington Singer 301


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


Damilola obtained his Bachelor’s degree in General Psychology at the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 2011. After his Bachelor’s degree, he completed a compulsory one year National Youth Service (in Nigeria), where he was a Primary School Teacher in Physical Health Education; and he also competed as an Amateur Boxer for two years. In 2015, he obtained a Master’s degree in Social and Organisational Psychology at the University of Exeter. Following his Master’s degree, he took up an Assistant Lectureship position at a Federal University in Nigeria where he taught Psychology courses centred on Social, Organisational and Experimental Psychology. In 2017, he returned to the University of Exeter to obtain his Doctorate in Social Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Livingstone and Dr. Joseph Sweetman, where he will be investigating the role of historical representations of African people in intergroup relations between Africans and non-Africans.

Moreover, Damilola is a teaching assistant for various modules – such as Methods and Statistics in Psychology III and Qualitative and Interview Skills – in the BSc Psychology programme at Exeter University.       

Broad research specialisms

Temporal aspects of social identity; Social identity processes; Identity management strategies; Collective political action and social change; Intergroup relations; Emotions; and Prejudice reduction


BSc in Psychology, University of Lagos (2011)

MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology, University of Exeter (2015)



Makanju, D., Livingstone, A. G., & Sweetman, J. (2020). Testing the effect of historical representations on collective identity and action. PloS one15(4), e0231051.

Makanju, D., Livingstone, A. G., & Sweetman, J. (in press). How group members appraise collective history: Appraisal dimensions of collective history and their role in in-group engagement [Accepted manuscript]. Journal of Social and Political Psychology.


Livingstone, A. G., Spears, R., Manstead, A., Makanju, D., & Sweetman, J. (2022, January 14). Dilemmas of resistance: How concerns for cultural identity shape and constrain resistance among minority groups.

Livingstone, A., Afyouni, A., Vu, N., Bedford, S., Kapantai, I., Makanju, D., Chayinska, M., Gonzalez, R., Carozzi, P., Contreras, C., Byrne, S., Guy, J., King, L., Lo, C., Pearson, H., & Tapp, C. (2022, May 26). You get us, so you like us: Feeling understood by an outgroup predicts more positive intergroup relations via perceived positive regard.



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Makanju D (2022). When we were kings: the role of appraisals of African history in in-group engagement and intergroup relations.  Abstract.

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