Yvonne Galligan is Professor of Comparative Politics in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast. She is also Director of the Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics and is Director of the Queen’s Gender Initiative.
Professor Galligan has published extensively on gender equality issues in public life. Her recent publications include Politics and Gender in Ireland: the quest for political agency (contributing co-editor with F. Buckley, Routledge 2015) and States of Democracy: Gender and politics in the European Union (contributing editor, Routledge 2015).
She is expert in the political, legislative and legal aspects of national and European policy relating to gender equality, including the free movement of persons.
She was a member of the UK Independent Commission of Inquiry on The Consequences of Devolution for the UK House of Commons (the McKay Commission), in 2013.
She was also independent chairperson of the Irish Fianna Fail Markievicz Commission on measures to implement the candidate gender quota of 30%.
She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.
In 2014 she was given an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to higher education.
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