Prof Pippa Norris Delivers Inaugural Chrystal Macmillan Lecture at the University of Edinburgh

Pippa Norris at the University of Edinburgh

Visiting Professor Pippa Norris - who also serves as the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government - was selected to deliver the inaugural Chrystal Macmillian Lecture at the University of Edinburgh.

Prof Norris is a highly regarded scholar on democracy and women's rights, and was awarded this year's Johan Skytte Prize - regarded among the most prestigious honours in the field of political science. Her speech at the University of Edinburgh (viewable on YouTube) focuses on her current work on the effectiveness of quotas in promoting gender equality in representative bodies across the globe.

The lecture draws its name from the first ever woman to graduate from the University of Edinburgh in science, in 1896. Chrystal Macmillan went on to become a lawyer, and in 1908 made history again when she became the first woman to plead before the House of Lords, presenting her case that female university graduates should be given the right to vote.

Click here for a full recording of Prof Norris's speech.