Johnathan Leigh Pemberton

Dr. Emer Mulligan is Head of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway since 2009, and has been appointed for a second term.

A graduate of the B. Comm and H. Dip Education at NUI Galway, Dr. Mulligan went on to qualify as a tax professional with the Irish Taxation Institute, and worked as a Tax Consultant and Manager with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Dublin.  She graduated from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business in UCD with a first class honours MBS in Financial Services. She joined NUI Galway as a full-time lecturer in Taxation and Finance in 1999 and completed her PhD on Tax Planning in Practice at Warwick University in the UK. Prior to taking up the Head of School position, she was Director of the Master of Accounting programme.

Dr. Mulligan is a member of the Steering Group of the UK-based Tax Research Network, which has the objective of promoting tax research. She is a member of the Performance Management and Social Innovation and Policy research clusters at NUI Galway's Whitaker Institute of Innovation and Societal Change.  Her research areas include tax planning in practice, tax and strategy, performance measurement of the tax function, tax risk management, tax lobbying, and tax administration.  She has published and presented conference papers in these areas at academic conferences and has also presented on topical international tax matters at practitioner conferences including the Brehon Law Symposium and the Harvard Kennedy School/Irish Taxation Institute 2013 Global Tax Policy Conference. She is particularly interested in the institutional and social dimensions of taxation in practice. In 2010, she was co-editor of a special issue of Critical Perspectives on Accounting journal, entitled ‘Critical Perspectives on Taxation’, and in 2012 contributed two chapters to the book entitled Taxation: A Fieldwork Research Handbook (edited by Prof. Lynne Oats).