Skip to main content

School of Social and Political Science: About


Johan Skytte Prize Winner to give Inaugural Chrystal Macmillan Lecture on "Gender equality in elected office: beyond quotas"

Pippa Norris, McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Visiting Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney will be giving the Inaugural Chrystal Macmillan Lecture in commemoration of one of Chrystal's key legacies.

Pippa Norris was awarded the 2011 Johan Skytte prize in political science with Ronald Inglehart for contributing innovative ideas about the relevance and roots of political culture in a global context. She also served in 2006-7 as the Director of the Democratic Governance Group at the United Nations Development Program in New York.

Pippa’s lecture on “Gender equality in elected office:  beyond quotas” kicks off the Inaugural Annual Chrystal Macmillan Lecture series and will draw upon two reports which she is writing for the OSCE in Central and Eastern Europe and for UNDP in Asia-Pacific.  Her research compares public opinion and elections, democratic institutions and cultures, gender politics, and political communications in many countries worldwide.

The event will take place on Monday 21st November from 6pm - 7pm in the Meadows Lecture Theatre located on the ground floor of the Medical School, Teviot Pl, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG (enter by doorway 4 from the Quadrangle signed William Robertson Wing).

Book your place online at

About the Crystal Macmillan Lecture Series:
In 2008 the School of Social and Political Science marked Chrystal Macmillan’s achievements by naming their refurbished building after her.  The School aim to use her inspirational career as a focus for work on social justice, including human rights, gender equality, peace and conflict resolution and global citizenship.

We are delighted that Professor Pippa Norris will be delivering the first annual Chrystal Macmillan Lecture devoted to these themes. We are marking this occasion by launching what we plan will be the first of a series of Chrystal Macmillan Scholarships for PhD research.

Tea/Coffee will be available beforehand from 5.15pm in the Foyer of the Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square EH8 9LD adjacent to the lecture theatre.

white image