Margaret Gallagher is a freelance researcher and writer specializing in gender and media. She has carried out research, development and evaluation projects for the United Nations Statistics Division, UNIFEM, UNESCO, the International Labour Office, the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the European Audiovisual Observatory. In 1986 she established the European Commission's Steering Committee for Equal Opportunities in Broadcasting, which she coordinated until 1990. From 1989 to 1999 she worked on the Prix Niki, the European Commission's biennial television prize for innovative portrayal of women and men. Most recently she has been consultant to a consortium of five European broadcasters for the development of an audiovisual training kit Screening Gender (1997-2000), and to the World Association for Christian Communication for the second Global Media Monitoring Project (2000). She is a member of the editorial advisory boards of Gazette: The International Journal of Communication Studies (Sage) and Feminist Media Studies (Routledge).