Dr Renata Bongiorno
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Washington Singer 210
Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK
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.
BA (Hons 1) PhD, Australian National University
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 confident 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 (supportd by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant); updating and expanding understandings of gender stereotype content and implications for women's versus men's perceived fit in various leader roles and STEM fields; and paradoxical effects of promoting resilience as an avenue to achieve gender equality.
I collaborate with a range of different researchers on these and other projects. In addition to Michelle Ryan, my post-doctoral supervisor, current collaborators include Colin Wayne Leach (Columbia University), Kim Peters & Oliver Hauser (Exeter Busines School), Paul Bain, Leda Blackwood & Lucy Yeomans (University of Bath), Colette van Laar (KU Leuven), Sara Pireddu & Michela Meneghatti (University of Bologna).
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.
Research group links
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 women's versus men's perceived fit in various leader roles and STEM fields; and paradoxical effects of promoting resilience as an avenue to achieve gender equality.
- 2020 British Academy/Leverhulme
£9,954 - Engaging men as allies of the gender equality cause. Co-applicants: Dr Oliver Hauser, Prof Colette Van Laar