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Bonny Hartley

Bonny Hartley BSc Hons, MSc, PhD

Bonny Hartley

Bonny Hartley
BSc Hons, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

Faculty of Education & Health

Dr Bonny Hartley is a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich.

Bonny joined the university in 2015 with a research interest for social psychology, developmental psychology, inequality, academic stereotypes, and the application of psychology to sustainability. Bonny was recently awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship to fund a 3 year programme of research looking at masculinity norms and boys' academic underachievement.

She obtained her PhD in Psychology at the University of Kent, where she examined the self-fulfilling nature of societal stereotypes in regard to boys' educational underachievement. She then moved to Plymouth University to work as a postdoctoral researcher on a 3 year EU funded project.

Her research has gained interest in the media, including The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Kent, and BBC Newsround.

Posts held previously:

  • 2012-15, Research Fellow, Psychology, Plymouth University (European Commission FP7)
  • 2009-12, PhD in Psychology, University of Kent (ESRC 1+3)
  • Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Award: Masculinity norms and boys' academic underachievement, 2016-19
  • Reviewer: Child Development; Psychology of Women Quarterly; Social Psychology; and Social Development
  • Member of the Athena SWAN Committee

Bonny's research focuses on examining important educational and environmental issues. She is interested in applying social psychological theory and research methods to understand and improve societal problems in these areas. Bonny's main interests include research on inequality and social justice, societal and academic stereotypes, and gender norms and identity.

Her PhD examined how social expectations and stereotypes about gender and academic engagement may be contributing to boys' relative underachievement at school via the phenomenon of stereotype threat (a specific form of self-fulfilling prophecy). Specifically, her thesis examined at what age children develop gender stereotypes about academic engagement, how these can become self-fulfilling through stereotype threat, and how to improve boys' performance by designing strategies to counteract such negative effects.

In previous research fellow and research assistant roles, Bonny has worked on a range of social, developmental, environmental and educational projects, including research into intergroup criticism and social justice, sexism, prejudice reduction, vegetarianism, development of environmental attitudes and behaviours, and environmental education.

Funded research projects

  • University of Greenwich: Research and Enterprise Early Career Researcher Travel Bursary, 2016
  • ESRC 1+3 (MSc+PhD) Competition Studentship: Why boys will be boys: A stereotype threat account of boys' academic underachievement, 2008-2012
  • ESRC: Advanced Quantitative Methods Training Stipend, 2008/2009

Veiga, J .M., Vlachogianni, T., Pahl, S., Thompson, R. C., Kopke, K., Doyle, T. K., Hartley, B. L., Maes, T., Orthodoxou, D. L., Loizidou, X. I. and Alampei, I. (2016). Enhancing public awareness and promoting co-responsibility for marine litter in Europe: The challenge of MARLISCO. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 102(2), pp. 309-315.

Hartley, B. L., Pahl, S. and Thompson, R. C. (2015). Marine litter education boosts children's understanding and self-reported action. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 90(1-2), pp. 209-217.

Hartley, B. L., Holland, M., Pahl, S. and Thompson, R. T. (2015). How to communicate with stakeholders about marine litter – A short guide to influencing behavioural change. UK: Plymouth University Press.

Hartley, B. L., Pahl, S. and Thompson, R. T. (2015). Evaluation of specific educational and outreach activities related to marine litter. Deliverable D2.5 report. MARLISCO (EC FP7 Coordinated and Support Action, SIS-MML-289042).

Stathi, S., Cameron, L., Hartley, B. L. and Bradford, S. (2014). Imagined contact as a prejudice-reduction intervention in schools: The underlying role of similarity and attitudes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44(8), pp. 536-546.

Hartley, B. L., Pahl, S. and Thompson, R. T. (2013). Baseline Evaluation of stakeholder perceptions and attitudes towards issues surrounding marine litter. Deliverable D2.1 report. MARLISCO (EC FP7 Coordinated and Support Action, SIS-MML-289042).

Kershaw, P., Hartley, B. L., Garnacho, E. and Thompson, R. T. (2013). Review of the state of understanding of the distribution, quantities and types of marine litter. Deliverable D1.1 report. MARLISCO (EC FP7 Coordinated and Support Action, SIS-MML-289042).

Hartley, B. L. and Sutton, R. M. (2013). A stereotype threat account of boys' academic underachievement. Child Development, 84, pp. 1716–1733.

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Hartley, B. L. and Sutton, R. (2016). Why boys will be boys: The role of stereotype threat in boys' academic underachievement. International Society for Justice Research, July, Canterbury.

Hartley, B. L. and Sutton, R. (2016). Why boys will be boys: A stereotype threat account of boys' academic underachievement. BPS Annual Conference, April, Nottingham.

Hartley, B. L., Pahl, S. and Thompson, R. C. (2013). Threats to the marine environment: Collective efficacy reduces barriers to engagement. The 10th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Magdeburg, September, Germany. 

Hartley, B. L., Pahl, S. and Thompson, R. C. (2013). Engaging society to reduce marine litter. The European Marine Science Educators Association Conference, September, Plymouth.

Hartley, B. L., Pahl, S. and Thompson, R. C. (2013). Engaging society and experts to reduce marine litter. The Marine Institute Conference, June, Plymouth.

Hartley, B. L., Pahl, S. and Thompson, R. C. (2013). MARLISCO: European-wide survey on marine litter perceptions. The Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research, April, Plymouth.

Hartley, B. L., Thompson R. C. and Pahl, S. (2013). MARLISCO: Marine litter in European seas: Social awareness and co-responsibility. The International Conference on Prevention and Management of Marine Litter in European Seas, April, Berlin.

Hartley, B. L. and Sutton, R. (2011). A stereotype threat account of boys' academic underachievement. The European Association for Social Psychology General Meeting, July, Stockholm.

Hartley, B. L. and Sutton, R. (2011). Failing boys: A stereotype threat account of the gender gap in children's academic performance. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, April, Montreal.

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