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Yvonne Galligan is Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Comparative Politics in Technological University Dublin. She was founding director of the Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics in Queen’s University Belfast and is now founding director of RINCE. She is a past Vice President of the International Political Science Association, past President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland. She is serving a second term as Honorary Treasurer of the Political Studies Association. Yvonne has served, and chaired, a range of public boards, including the Parliamentary Commission to Consider the Consequences of Devolution on the House of Commons (The McKay Commission, member), the Women in Science Task and Finish Group, Wales (member), the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel for the UK Research Assessment Framework (member) and The Markievicz Commission (chair). Yvonne has led three successful institutional Athena SWAN Silver applications, and has advised many institutions in Ireland, the UK and North America on their Athena SWAN (or equivalent) applications. She has extensive experience of reviewing institutional equality plans as part of research council funding applications, and of reviewing full applications, for the European Commission, NORFACE, the Swiss and Belgian research councils, the Academy of Finland, the Canadian Research Council, among others. Yvonne has produced over 100 publications on gender equality, including reports for governments, international organisations, and scholarly outputs. In recognition of her commitment to advancing gender equality in public life and in the academy, Yvonne received an OBE, Honorary Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin, an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is also Honorary Professor at Queen’s University Belfast.


Research interests

ORCID: 0000-0003-4624-3959

Gender and comparative politics; equality in higher education; politics of Central and Eastern Europe; EU politics

Select publications (from 2017-2021)

Galligan, Yvonne (2021) ‘Gender equality politics’ in David Farrell and Niamh Hardiman (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Irish Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780198823834

Clavero, Sara and Yvonne Galligan (2021) ‘Delivering gender justice in academia through gender equality plans? Normative and practical challenges’, Gender, Work & Organisation, DOI: 

Suiter, Jane, Kirsty Park, Yvonne Galligan and David M. Farrell (2021), Evaluation Report of the Irish Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality, prepared for the Oireachtas.

Galligan, Yvonne (2020) ‘Women MPs from Northern Ireland: Challenges and Contributions, 1953-2020’. Open Library of Humanities, 6(2): 20. DOI:

Buckley, Fiona and Yvonne Galligan (2020) ‘The 2020 general election – a gender analysis’ (with Fiona Buckley) (2020), Irish Political Studies 35:4, 602-614, DOI

Galligan, Yvonne (2019) ‘Brexit, Gender and Northern Ireland’ in Moira Dustin, Nuno Ferreira and Susan Millns (eds) Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-03122-0

Galligan, Yvonne (2018) ‘European integration and gender’ in Antje Wiener, Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse (eds) European Integration Theory, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780198737315

Galligan, Yvonne, Renate Haupfleisch, Lisa Irvine, Katja Korolkova, Monika Natter, Ulrike Schultz, Sally Wheeler (2017) Mapping the Representation of women and men in legal professions across the European Union, pp. 166 (Commissioned by the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament) available at 




Irene is the Executive Assistant (EA) to Yvonne Galligan, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, TU Dublin.  Prior to working in the EDI Office Irene held the post of EA to both the Director of “Academic Affairs & Digital Learning Transformation” and the Director of “Academic Affairs and Registrar”.  Other posts include, Assistant Staff Officer, Reporting to the Head of “Strategic Planning Development and Corporate Relations”, Student Counselling Services and Research and Enterprise.  



BA Modular Arts Degree – University College Dublin  


Sara Clavero is a doctor in Politics and a Senior Researcher at the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Directorate, TU Dublin. She has extensive research experience in the field of gender policy and politics, and in later years her work has focused on equality and inclusion in universities and research organisations. In this context, she has organised and delivered a variety of training programmes. Her most recent publications include: ‘Delivering gender justice in academia through gender equality plans? Normative and practical challenges’, in Gender, Work & Organisation (2021, with Y. Galligan) and ‘The challenge of neoliberalism and precarity for gender sensitivity in academia’, in: E. Drew and S. Canavan (eds) The Gender-Sensitive University a Contradiction in Terms? Routledge (2020, with R. Rosa). 



Nóirín is a Data Analyst in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Before joining TU Dublin, Nóirín worked as a researcher on gender equality and reproductive justice and rights in Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.  


Research Interests  

Feminist theory; Reproductive Justice and Rights; Political Theory (Butler, Laclau, Mouffe); Continental Philosophy (Levinas, Derrida); Psychoanalytic Theory (Ettinger, Lacan); Critical Race Theory. 

Select Publications 

MacNamara, N. (2021) ‘Perceptual Precarity and Butler’s Ambivalent Social Bond.  What is the value of Ettingerian transconnectedness?’  In Kazi, T., Vij, R. and Wynne-Hughes, E. (eds) Precarity and International Relations. London: Palgrave Macmillan 

MacNamara, N, Mackle, D., Devlin Trew, J., Pierson, C., Bloomer, F. (2021) Reflecting on asynchronous internet mediated focus groups for researching culturally sensitive issues. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 24 (5) p553-565 

MacNamara, N, Mackle, D., Pierson, C., Bloomer, F. (2020) Interrogating the politicization of female genital cutting (FGC) within conditions of asymmetrical cultural convergence. A case study of Northern Ireland. Women’s Studies International Forum 82.  

MacNamara, N., Pierson, C., Bloomer, F. (2018) Tackling Girls and Young Women’s Reproductive Health through a Reproductive Justice Framework. Belfast: Ulster University.  

Bloomer, F., Devlin-Trew J., Pierson, C., MacNamara, N., Mackle, D. (2017) Abortion as a Workplace Issue: Trade Union Survey – North and South of Ireland. Dublin: UNITE the Union, Mandate Trade Union, CWU Ireland, GMB, Alliance for Choice, Trade Union Campaign to Repeal the 8th.  

Select Conferences and Talks 

15th September 2021: MacNamara, N., Pierson, C., Bloomer, F., Mackle, D. ‘Abortion as a Workplace Issue – What is the role of trade unions?’ British Society for Population Studies 2021 Conference, Online. 

9th April 2021: Pierson, C., MacNamara, N., Bloomer, F., and Mackle, D. ‘Abortion as a Workplace Issue – a case study’ LSE Sexual and Reproductive Health Seminar Series, LSE. Online. 

17th-18th September, 2020: MacNamara, N. ‘The implications of Bracha Ettinger’s reworking of the feminine for models of the political.’ NUI Galway, Online. 

26th-28th April 2019: MacNamara, N. ‘Judith Butler’s embodied and interdependent concept of political subjectivity: Contesting abortion stigma.’ SWIP Ireland 7th Annual Conference and Annual Meeting, Dublin City University. 

8th-12th July 2018: MacNamara, N. ‘The Trust Women Campaign and Vulnerability: Challenging abortion stigma through a concept of political subjectivity as embodied and interdependent.’ Abortion and Reproductive Justice. The Unfinished Revolution. Rhodes University, South Africa.  

Adam Byrne


Adam Byrne is an Assistant Staff Officer in the EDI Directorate, providing administrative support. He has previously worked within TU Dublin, as a member of the Registrations Team, and as School Administrator of the School of Retail & Services Management.


sean henry


Seán is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Before joining TU Dublin, Seán worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Education, where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules in philosophy of education, sociology of education, and inclusive education.


Research Interests 

Philosophy of education; Sex education; Religious education; Critical higher education studies; Feminist theory and pedagogy; Queer theory and pedagogy. 

Select Publications

Fitzsimons, C., Henry, S. and O’Neill, J. (2021), Precarity and the pandemic: an inquiry into the impact of Covid19 on the working lives of non-permanent educators in, and across, higher and further education in Ireland. Report commissioned by the Irish Federation of University Teachers.

Mahon, Á. and Henry, S. (2021), ‘But who are all these journal articles for? Writing, reading, and our unhandsome condition’, Cambridge Journal of Education.

Henry, S. (2021), ‘The queerness of education: Rethinking Catholic schooling beyond identity’, Irish and British Reflections on Catholic Education: Foundations, Identity, Leadership Issues and Religious Education in Catholic Schools, ed. Sean Whittle (Springer), pp. 121-131. 

Henry, S. (2021), ‘Caroline Starkey, Women in British Buddhism: Commitment, Connection, Community’, Religion and Gender, 1, pp 145-150.

Henry, S. (2020) ‘Why? And how? Translating queer theologies for sex education’, Sex Education.

Henry, S. (2020), ‘“Bringing to Presence that which is Other”: Religious Discourses, Public Pedagogy, and the University Classroom’, Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education, 2:3, pp. 11-29. 

Henry, S. (2020), ‘Religion, queerness, and education: Strategies for bridge-building in antagonistic times’, Philosophy of Education, 76:2, pp. 194-210. 

Henry, S. (2018), ‘Education, queer theology, and spiritual development: disrupting heteronormativity for inclusion in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faith schools’, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 23:1, pp. 3-16. 

Selected Talks and Conferences

14 October 2021: ‘Academic freedom, conversation, and non-violence’, Centre of Philosophy of Education, University of Winchester.

6-10 September 2021: ‘Meeting without Merging: Engaging Religion and Education in Translation’, European Conference of Educational Research, European Educational Research Association, Geneva.

4-5 June 2021: ‘Sexuality education and religion: From dialogue to conversation’, Relationships and Sex Education: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives, Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.

31 March 2021: ‘Academic freedom, religion, and LGBTQ experiences: Moving from proclamation to response’, Beliefs, Belonging and Boundaries: Towards Greater Inclusion in Contemporary Ireland, Religions and Beliefs in Changing Times National Forum Seminars.

4 November 2020: ‘Why? And how? Queering schooling for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim education’, Irish Institute for Catholic Studies, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. 

6 October 2019: ‘Queering pedagogy: Moving beyond victimhood and representation in educating for social justice’, Marino Institute of Education, Trinity College Dublin.

naimh gorman

Niamh is Assistant Project Management Administrator Directorate of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She has responsibility over administrative duties pertaining to RINCE.  Prior to working in the Directorate, Niamh held the post of Student Placement Officer in the School of Hospitality Management, Tourism and Culinary Arts. Other posts include Clerical Officer in Student Fees Office and the Student Registration Department. 

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Phone: 01/2205222 

sylvia gavigan


Sylvia is Senior Research Assistant with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Sylvia has over 20 years’ experience in the educational sector and a leader in gender programs. Sylvia obtained her PhD from Technological University Dublin. Before joining TU Dublin, Sylvia worked with UCD as program coordinator, she has been the Consulate General of Uganda to Ireland where she worked with Government of Ireland and Uganda. 


Research interests 

Sylvia’s Academic interest are in the areas of Gender, Entrepreneurship Education, Leadership, Diversity, Female entrepreneurs, Rural and Development. 

Research Projects 

The RESISTIRÉ research and innovation project funded by the European Commission, which aims at tackling behavioral, social and economic impacts of the Covid-19 policy and societal responses on gendered inequalities.  

Selected Publications 

Gavigan, Ciprikis & Cooney (2021). The Impact of Entrepreneurship Training on Everyday Experiences of Rural Female Entrepreneurs in Uganda. Handbook on Women and Global entrepreneurship: Contextualising everyday experiences. Book Chapter, to be published soon. Publisher, Routledge. 

Gavigan, Ciprikis & Cooney (2021). Evaluating the Contribution of Entrepreneurship Training, Perceived Emancipation and Value Creation for Rural Female Entrepreneurs. Research Handbook on Women's Entrepreneurship and Value Creation. Book Chapter, to be published soon. Publisher, Edward Elgar. 

Gavigan, Ciprikis & Cooney (2020). The impact of entrepreneurship training on self-employment of rural female entrepreneurs in Uganda, Small Enterprise Research, 27:2, 180-194  

Gavigan, S. and Kyejjusa, S. (2020). In Uganda, Rural women entrepreneurs are escaping poverty with teamwork and training.  

Conferences Papers 

Gavigan, S. (2021), Evaluating the Contribution of Entrepreneurship Training, Perceived Emancipation and Value Creation for Rural Female Entrepreneurs in Uganda, Diana International Research Conference, 188, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, May 21-22, 2021. 

Gavigan, S. (2019), Rural female entrepreneurs and Culture, Diana International Research Conference 2019, Babson College, Wellesley, Mass., USA, June 2-5, 2019 

Gavigan, S. (2018). How does entrepreneurship education contribute to rural female entrepreneurial growth in emerging African economies? 5th International Conference Entrepreneurship for the XXI Century. Warsaw, November.  

Gavigan, S. (2018). How can Entrepreneurship Education Empower Females in the Emerging African Economies? Irish Academy Management. Dublin, August. 

Gavigan, S. (2016). Women in Business. 14th Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD 14. Nairobi, July 2016. 


Alicja is a Post-Doctoral Researcher on the RESISTIRÉ project. Before joining TU Dublin, Alicja worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin. Prior to that, Alicja completed several research projects in the area of work and employment, migration, workplace diversity, and social integration. She also worked as the Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, where she taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules in research methods, sociology of migration, and European Societies. Alicja has a PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Sociology and an MA in Migration and Ethnic Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.  


Research Interests  

Social inclusion and equality; employment and working conditions; international migration and migrants’ integration

Select Research Projects  

Project: GEOFIN - Western Banks in Eastern Europe: New Geographies of Financialisation (Financialisation of households) 

Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin 

Timeframe: 2018-2021 

Funder: European Research Council 

Role: Research Fellow 


Project: Social Implications of Precarious Work 

TASC: Think-tank for action on social change  

Timeframe: 2016-2018 

Funder: FEPS: Foundation for European Progressive Studies 

Role: Senior Researcher 


Project: Working Conditions in Ireland 

TASC: Think-tank for action on social change  

Timeframe: 2015-2016 

Funder: FEPS: Foundation for European Progressive Studies 

Role: Researcher 


Project: WORK>INT: Assessing and enhancing integration in workplaces 

Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin 

Timeframe: 2014-2015 

Funder: European Integration Fund 

Role: Postdoctoral Researcher 


Project: Learning from Poland? The implications of Polish migration to Ireland for contemporary Irish emigration 

Employment Research Centre, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin 

Timeframe: 2012-2013 

Funder: Irish Research Council 

Role: Postdoctoral Researcher 


Select Publications 

Bobek, A., Wickham, J. and Pembroke, S. 2020. ‘Living in precarious housing: non-standard employment and housing careers of young professionals in Ireland’, Housing Studies. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2020.1769037. 

Bobek, A. 2020 ‘Leaving for the money, staying for the quality of life. Case study of young Polish migrants living in Dublin’, Geoforum 109: 24-34. 

Bobek, A. and Wickham, J. 2018. ‘Blurring boundaries: informal practices in formal employment in Ireland’, Industrial Relations Journal, 49(4): 336-351. 

Bobek, A., Wickham, J., Moriarty, E. and Salamonska, J. 2018. ‘Is money always the most important thing? Polish construction workers in Ireland’, Irish Journal of Sociology. 26(2):162-182. 

Bobek, A. and Wickham, J.2017. ‘The ownership of time: Work in the Irish hospitality sector’, Irish Journal of Social Anthropology, 20(2): 17-25. 

Bobek A. and Devitt, C. 2017. ‘Workforce diversity in Irish hospitals: perspectives of Irish and foreign-born professionals and their managers’, Employee Relations, 39(7): 1015-1029. 

Moriarty, E., Wickham, J. Bobek, A. and Daly, S. 2016. ‘Portability of Social Protection in the European Union’, in: A. Amelina, K. Horvath and B. Meeus (eds), An Anthology of Migration and Social Transformation, IMISCOE Research Series. 

Moriarty, E., Bobek, A., Daly, S and Wickham, J. 2015. ‘Graduate Emigration from Ireland: Navigating new pathways in familiar places’, Irish Journal of Sociology, Vol. 23, Issue. 2: 71-92. 

Krings, T., Moriarty, E., Wickham, J., Bobek, A. and Salamonska, J. 2013. New Mobilities in the New Europe. Polish Migration to Ireland Post-2004. Manchester University Press.  

For full list of publications please see: Alicja Bobek Google Scholar Profile 

Select Conferences 

06 September 2021: ‘Routes to precariousness: the expansion of fixed-term contracts in the Irish Higher Education and Early Childcare Education’ (Webinar). 

17-18 September 2020: ‘Precarious work and precarious lives: the role of luck, chance and social connections’, 8th Annual NERI Labour Market Conference (Webinar).  

11-14 September 2019 : ‘‘Subordinated financialisation’? The role of credit and debt in everyday lives of households in East and Central Europe’. 17th Polish Sociological Congress: Me? Us? Them? Subjectivity, Identity, Belonging, Wroclaw. 

24-26 April 2019: ‘Precarious professionals at work and beyond: the role of luck and social connections’, 37th International Labour Process Conference, Vienna. 

27-18 October 2017: ‘What constitutes “work”? Working time and pay in non-standard employment’, 3rd International Conference Social Boundaries of Work: Methodological and practical problems of research on work and employment in modern societies’, Katowice.  

12 May 2017 : ‘Part-time work, full-time commitment; employment in the Irish hospitality sector’, 5th NERI Labour Market Conference, Maynooth University. 

4-6 April 2017: ‘Be careful what you wish for: Enforced flexibility and working conditions in Ireland’, 35th International Labour Process Conference, Sheffield. 

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