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Prof. Yvonne Galligan

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Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


Tel: 01 220 5265

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 (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)

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