Emer Mulligan is a Personal Professor in Taxation and Finance in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway, and she was Head of this School from 2009-2015. She is a former member of NUI Galway’s Governing Authority. In 2014, she was awarded a Fulbright-CRH Scholar Award to carry out research in Harvard University, specifically in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation within the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prof. Mulligan’s research investigates the international social, political and economic dimensions of taxation from the perspectives and interactions of a range of stakeholders, including political policy makers, governmental regulators, international businesses, taxpayers and professional tax advisers. The three strands of her research programme are as follows: (i) Social Policy, Citizenship and Taxation (ii) Governance, tax planning and processes in multinationals, (iii) Regulatory Relationships and Compliance in the tax arena.
Prof. Mulligan has published in highly ranked international peer reviewed journals including Accounting, Organizations and Society, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, British Tax Review, and Financial Accountability & Management. Prof. Mulligan is a member of the Editorial Boards of Advances in Taxation and Journal of Tax Administration. She is a member of the Steering Group of the UK-based Tax Research Network and a member of the Performance Management research cluster at NUI Galway's Whitaker Institute of Innovation and Societal Change.
Prof. Mulligan is currently Co-PI of an IRC funded project entitled ‘Strengthening Public Administration Institutions through Digital Technologies: Investigating Effective Adoption of Digital Technologies in Tax Administrations’. She was a consortium member of a successfully completed H2020 funded project entitled 'Revisioning the “Fiscal EU”; Fair, Sustainable, and Coordinated Tax and Social Policies’. She is a former member of the EPAS Accreditation Board of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), the Council of the Foundation for Fiscal Studies, and the Galway Chamber of Commerce.
Prof. Mulligan joined NUI Galway in 1999. Prior to this, having graduated from NUI Galway with a BComm and H. Dip in Education, she qualified as a tax professional with the Irish Taxation Institute, and worked as a Tax Consultant and Manager with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Dublin. She subsequently graduated from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business in UCD with a first class honours MBS in Financial Services. She completed her PhD on Tax Planning in Practice at the University of Warwick, UK.