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. 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, and has published extensively on gender equality issues in public life. 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.