Bonny Hartley

Dr Bonny Hartley BSc Hons, MSc, PhD

Bonny Hartley

Dr Bonny Hartley
BSc Hons, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling

Faculty of Education and Health

Dr Bonny Hartley is a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich. Bonny also supervises MSc degree research projects and lecturers on Applied Psychology and other modules.

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 awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship to fund a 5 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
  • Lecturing and supervision of MSc research projects
  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Award: Masculinity norms and boys' academic underachievement, 2016-2022
  • University of Greenwich Early Career Research Excellence Award, 2016-2017
  • University of Greenwich: Research and Enterprise Early Career Researcher Travel Bursary, 2016
  • Reviewer: Child Development; Journal of Experimental Social Psychology; British Journal of Social Psychology; Psychology of Women Quarterly; Social Psychology; Social Development; Women's Studies International Forum; and Environmental Education Research
  • 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

  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Award: Masculinity norms and boys' academic underachievement, 2016-22
  • 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