Dr Renata Bongiorno is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on an ERC funded project: Context, Identity & Choice: Understanding the Constraints on Women’s Career Decisions at the University of Exeter in England.
Before joining the University of Exeter in 2017, Renata was employed in a number of research roles in Australia, including by Melbourne Business School to examine barriers the uptake of flexible workplace practices, and at The University of Queensland to examine biases affecting the prosecution of sexual assault cases.
Renata's research focuses on gender inequality, collective action, and social change. She was awarded her PhD from the Australian National University. As part of her PhD research, she uncovered a new form of prejudice towards women who are tentative, rather than assertive, in leadership roles. This new form of prejudice towards tentative female leaders may be more difficult to overcome, because it is harder to see as unfair.
In addition to research on prejudice towards women in leadership, Renata has also published research on how to motivate community action to advance social causes and on gender bias in the judicial system. Renata has ongoing research examining reactions to perpetrators and victims of sexual harassment, mobilising men’s action in support of gender equality, factors that limit women's collective action in support of gender equality and change and stability in gender stereotypes.
Renata's research has received national and international media coverage, including in The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Salon, The Age, Brisbane Times and Daily Life.