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Dr Renata Bongiorno

Dr Renata Bongiorno

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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 01392 723849

 Washington Singer 210

 

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

Overview

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on an ERC funded project: Context, Identity & Choice: Understanding the Constraints on Women’s Career Decisions.

Broad research specialisms

Gender inequality, gender stereotyping, gender prejudice, collective action, social change.

Qualifications

BA (Hons 1) PhD, Australian National University

Career

My PhD research was in the area of social and organisational psychology and uncovered a new form of prejudice towards women who are tentative, rather than assertive, as leaders. This form of prejudice is likely to be more difficult to overcome becasue it is harder to see as unfair. These findings are published in The British Journal of Social Psychology, and I also wrote about them in an article for The Conversation

In addition to my research on prejudice towards women, I have published research on how to motivate community action to advance social causes (e.g., action on climate change, action to support gender equality); gender bias in the judicial system, particulalry relating to prosecuting men's sexual assault of women; and how empathy for male perpetratros contributes to women being blamed for being sexually harassed. 

I have ongoing research on mobilising men’s action in support of gender equality, gender stereotypes and women's perceived lack of leadership fit, and paradoxical effects of women's empowerment campaigns as an avenue for promoting social change.

Before joining the University of Exeter in 2017, I was employed in a number of research roles in Australia, including at Melbourne Business School to examine barriers to the uptake of flexible workplace policies, and at The University of Queensland Business School to examine male CEO's involvement in programs to advance gender equality. 

My research has received broad media coverage, including by BBC, AFP, The Independent, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Salon, New Scientist, The Canberra Times and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Research group links

Research

Research interests

Broadly, my research examines gender inequality, collective action and social change. I have published research on: (i) subtle prejudice towards women in leadership, (ii) biases that prevent effective responding to men's sexual harassment and assualt of women, (iii) motivating collective action to advance social causes.

I have ongoing research examining mobilising men’s action in support of gender equality; gender stereotypes and women's perceived lack of leadership fit; and paradoxical effects of women's empowerment campaigns as an avenue for promoting social change.

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Bongiorno R, Langbroek C, Bain PG, Ting M, Ryan MK (2019). Why women are blamed for being sexually harassed: the effects of empathy for female victims and male perpetrators. Psychology of Women Quarterly Abstract.  Full text.
Bongiorno R, McKimmie BM, Masser BM (2016). The Selective Use of Rape-Victim Stereotypes to Protect Culturally Similar Perpetrators. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40(3), 398-413. Full text.
Bongiorno R, McGarty C, Kurz T, Haslam SA, Sibley CG (2015). Mobilizing cause supporters through group-based interaction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology Abstract.  Full text.
Bongiorno R, Bain PG, David B (2013). If you're going to be a leader, at least act like it! Prejudice towards women who are tentative in leader roles. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53(2), 217-234. Abstract.  Full text.
Bongiorno R, Bain PG, Haslam N (2013). When sex doesn't sell: Using sexualized images of women reduces support for ethical campaigns. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e83311-e83311. Abstract.  Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Bain PG, Bongiorno R (In Press). It’s not too late to do the right thing: Moral motivations for climate change action. WIREs Climate Change Full text.
Bongiorno R, Langbroek C, Bain PG, Ting M, Ryan MK (2019). Why women are blamed for being sexually harassed: the effects of empathy for female victims and male perpetrators. Psychology of Women Quarterly Abstract.  Full text.
Bongiorno R, McKimmie BM, Masser BM (2016). The Selective Use of Rape-Victim Stereotypes to Protect Culturally Similar Perpetrators. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40(3), 398-413. Full text.
Bain P, Bongiorno R (2015). Are individualism and “masculinity” related when controlling for regional proximity? a reappraisal of Barry. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 46.9 (2015): 1226-1231., 46, 1226-1231. Abstract.
Bongiorno R, McGarty C, Kurz T, Haslam SA, Sibley CG (2015). Mobilizing cause supporters through group-based interaction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology Abstract.  Full text.
McKimmie BM, Masser BM, Bongiorno R (2014). What counts as rape? the effect of offense prototypes, victim stereotypes, and participant gender on how the complainant and defendant are perceived. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(12), 2273-2303. Abstract.
Bain PG, Hornsey MJ, Bongiorno R, Kashima Y, Crimston D (2013). Collective futures: How projections about the future of society are related to actions and attitudes supporting social change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39(4), 523-539. Abstract.
Bongiorno R, Bain PG, David B (2013). If you're going to be a leader, at least act like it! Prejudice towards women who are tentative in leader roles. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53(2), 217-234. Abstract.  Full text.
McKimmie BM, Masser BM, Bongiorno R (2013). Looking shifty but telling the truth: the effect of witness demeanour on mock jurors’ perceptions. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 21(2), 297-310. Abstract.
Bongiorno R, Bain PG, Haslam N (2013). When sex doesn't sell: Using sexualized images of women reduces support for ethical campaigns. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e83311-e83311. Abstract.  Full text.
Bain PG, Hornsey MJ, Bongiorno R, Jeffries C (2012). Promoting pro-environmental action in climate change deniers. Nature Climate Change, 2(8), 600-603. Abstract.
Ryan MK, Haslam SA, Hersby MD, Bongiorno R (2010). Think crisis–think female: Glass cliffs and contextual variation in the think manager–think male stereotype. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 470-484. Abstract.  Full text.
McGarty C, Bliuc A-M, Thomas EF, Bongiorno R (2009). Collective action as the material expression of opinion-based group membership. Journal of Social Issues, 65(4), 839-857. Abstract.

Chapters

McGarty C, Bongiorno R, Bliuc A-M (2009). Categorization. In Levine JM, Hogg MA (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Sage, 67-72.
McGarty C, Bliuc A-M, Bongiorno R (2009). Depersonalization. In Levine JM, Hogg MA (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Sage, 198-200.

Internet publications

Bongiorno RT (2018). Brett Kavanaugh: why Republican women may be willing to overlook sexual assault allegations.  Abstract. Web link.
Bongiorno RT (2016). Coalition’s lost ground on women MPs shows we need to tackle new gender biases.  Abstract. Web link.
Bongiorno RT (2013). Female politicians pay a higher price for their flaws. Web link.

Publications by year


In Press

Bain PG, Bongiorno R (In Press). It’s not too late to do the right thing: Moral motivations for climate change action. WIREs Climate Change Full text.

2019

Bongiorno R, Langbroek C, Bain PG, Ting M, Ryan MK (2019). Why women are blamed for being sexually harassed: the effects of empathy for female victims and male perpetrators. Psychology of Women Quarterly Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Bongiorno RT (2018). Brett Kavanaugh: why Republican women may be willing to overlook sexual assault allegations.  Abstract. Web link.

2016

Bongiorno RT (2016). Coalition’s lost ground on women MPs shows we need to tackle new gender biases.  Abstract. Web link.
Bongiorno R, McKimmie BM, Masser BM (2016). The Selective Use of Rape-Victim Stereotypes to Protect Culturally Similar Perpetrators. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40(3), 398-413. Full text.

2015

Bain P, Bongiorno R (2015). Are individualism and “masculinity” related when controlling for regional proximity? a reappraisal of Barry. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 46.9 (2015): 1226-1231., 46, 1226-1231. Abstract.
Bongiorno R, McGarty C, Kurz T, Haslam SA, Sibley CG (2015). Mobilizing cause supporters through group-based interaction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology Abstract.  Full text.

2014

McKimmie BM, Masser BM, Bongiorno R (2014). What counts as rape? the effect of offense prototypes, victim stereotypes, and participant gender on how the complainant and defendant are perceived. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(12), 2273-2303. Abstract.

2013

Bain PG, Hornsey MJ, Bongiorno R, Kashima Y, Crimston D (2013). Collective futures: How projections about the future of society are related to actions and attitudes supporting social change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39(4), 523-539. Abstract.
Bongiorno RT (2013). Female politicians pay a higher price for their flaws. Web link.
Bongiorno R, Bain PG, David B (2013). If you're going to be a leader, at least act like it! Prejudice towards women who are tentative in leader roles. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53(2), 217-234. Abstract.  Full text.
McKimmie BM, Masser BM, Bongiorno R (2013). Looking shifty but telling the truth: the effect of witness demeanour on mock jurors’ perceptions. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 21(2), 297-310. Abstract.
Bongiorno R, Bain PG, Haslam N (2013). When sex doesn't sell: Using sexualized images of women reduces support for ethical campaigns. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e83311-e83311. Abstract.  Full text.

2012

Bain PG, Hornsey MJ, Bongiorno R, Jeffries C (2012). Promoting pro-environmental action in climate change deniers. Nature Climate Change, 2(8), 600-603. Abstract.

2010

Ryan MK, Haslam SA, Hersby MD, Bongiorno R (2010). Think crisis–think female: Glass cliffs and contextual variation in the think manager–think male stereotype. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 470-484. Abstract.  Full text.

2009

McGarty C, Bongiorno R, Bliuc A-M (2009). Categorization. In Levine JM, Hogg MA (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Sage, 67-72.
McGarty C, Bliuc A-M, Thomas EF, Bongiorno R (2009). Collective action as the material expression of opinion-based group membership. Journal of Social Issues, 65(4), 839-857. Abstract.
McGarty C, Bliuc A-M, Bongiorno R (2009). Depersonalization. In Levine JM, Hogg MA (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Sage, 198-200.

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