Queen's Gender Initiative
Queen's University Belfast
Yvonne Galligan is Professor of Comparative Politics and Director of the Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics in Queen's University Belfast. She has written extensively on women and politics in Ireland and Europe. Her research focuses on two areas: political representation and the relationship between gender and democracy. She has published in major international journals such as International Political Science Review, Gender and Society, Policy and Politics, and others. in 2011 she published ‘Attitudes towards Women in Politics: Gender, Generation and Party Identification in Ireland’ in Parliamentary Affairs. Her book publications include 'Sharing Power: Women, Parliament, Democracy' and 'Gender Politics and Democracy in Post-socialist Europe'.
Yvonne is frequently invited to bring her expertise to bear on governmental and political party initiatives supporting women. She has participated in events organised by the Council of Europe, Northern Ireland Assembly, Dail Eireann, Ministry of Justice, Equality and Law Reform (RoI), the Women and Equality Unit (UK), and OFMDFM (NI). She is also active in the voluntary sector, and is a member of the 50:50 campaign in both the UK and Ireland seeking to bring about equal political representation for women.
As Director of CAWP, she established and runs a highly popular women’s development programme, Next Generation. She currently leads a research team investigating the nature of gender democracy in the European Union as part of the integrated project RECON, funded by the EU. (www.reconproject.eu).
Yvonne also leads the Queen’s Gender Initiative, and in that role she advocates for embedding a gender equality culture in the University. This work was recognised when the University obtained the coveted Times Top 50 Employer award.