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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.

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Qualifications

BA (Hons 1) PhD, Australian National University

Career

I received my Ph.D. from the Australian National University, with a focus on gender inequality and social change. I found evidence for a new form of prejudice towards women who are tentative, rather than assertive, in leader roles. Prejudice towards tentative women (i.e., greater dislike, lower influence when compared to equivalent men) is likely to reflect cultural shifts towards valuing strong women, and may be more difficult to address because it appears fair. The findings, published in BJSP, are also summarised in an article I wrote for The Conversation

Before joining the University of Exeter in 2017, I was employed in a number of research roles in Australia, including at The University of Queensland to examine biases that impede the prosecution of men's sexual violence against women, and by Melbourne Business School to examine why people are reluctant to use flexible-workplace policies designed to address workplace inequality. 

In addition to published research on prejudice towards women in leadership, I have published research examining how groups to advance social causes (e.g., action on climate change, action to support gender equality) are formed, and biases that limit just outcomes in response to men's sexual harassment and assault of women.

Some of my ongoing projects include examining processes important to mobilising men’s action in support of gender equality, updating and expanding understandings of gender stereotype content and implications for men's versus women's perceived suitability for leadership, and paradoxical effects of individual empowerment as an avenue for promoting gender equality.

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

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Research

Research interests

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

Some of my ongoing projects include examining processes important to mobilising men’s action in support of gender equality, updating and expanding understandings of gender stereotype content and implications for men's versus women's perceived suitability for leadership, and paradoxical effects of individual empowerment as an avenue for promoting gender equality.

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. Abstract.  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 Abstract.  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. Abstract.  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 Abstract.  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. Abstract.  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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