Craig Willis

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Craig is a Researcher at the ECMI, primarily focusing on minority language media across Europe as well as on the role of national minorities in socio-economic participation and regional development. His other research foci and past publications have covered topics such as universal basic income, the Minority SafePack Initiative, ethnic data collection. Currently he is writing his PhD on the topic of minority language media and social attitudes towards minority languages, within which he is currently also a Visiting Researcher at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, for the autumn semester 2021. Craig is also a member of the steering committee in the International Association for Minority Language Media Research.

Alongside his research, Craig’s organisational responsibilities at the ECMI concern the upcoming conference on "Multi-platform and Connecting Communities: Contemporary Challenges for Minority Language Media", plus he is also the Assistant Editor of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE). Previous organisational responsibilities have included: the conference “Minorities and Self-Determination - 100th Anniversary of the Post-World War I Plebiscites, and previous editions of the ECMI Spring School and ECMI Summer School.  

Craig is also enrolled as a PhD candidate at the Europa Universität Flensburg under the supervision of Prof. Monika Eigmüller and second supervisor Prof. Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. His previous studies include the double award MA / MSc European Studies at Europa Universität Flensburg and the University of Southern Denmark, plus also the BA Business Management from the University of Brighton, UK. 

Selected publications

Herault, R. & Willis, C. (2021) 'European Union Structural and Investment Funds and Celtic language: An analysis of the 2007-2020 funding period in relation to Breton, Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh', MPRA Paper No. 107324. Munich: Munich University Library. Available at:

Willis, C. (2021) ‘The Minority SafePack Initiative and Universal Basic Income: a combination to address minority issues in the European Union’, International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 28(4), pp. 575-604. DOI:

Willis, C. (2020) 'An overview of the UK’s approach to ethnic data collection in the context of the Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities', Journal on Ethnopolitical and Minority Issues in Europe19(2), pp. 47-75.

Willis, C. (2020) ‘Economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Roma communities in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine’, ECMI Research Paper #122. Flensburg, Germany: European Centre for Minority Issues.

Willis, C. (2020) 'Regional development performance in council areas of Scotland with the highest percentage of Gaelic speakers', ECMI Research Paper #121. Flensburg, Germany: European Centre for Minority Issues.

Willis, C. (2019) 'National minorities and regional development: A comparative overview of the Baltic States', ECMI Working Paper #117. Flensburg, Germany: European Centre for Minority Issues.

Wolf, S. & Willis, C. (2018) 'Universal basic income as a tool of empowerment for minorities', ECMI Working Paper #109. Flensburg, Germany: European Centre for Minority Issues. 

Selected conferences/workshops/guest lectures

18 August 2021: ILMA 2021 Research Seminar - North-West University, South Africa. Title of Contribution: Minority Language Media in Europe and the Covid-19 pandemic: A study of 10 linguistic spheres (with Sergiusz Bober).

21-25 June 2021: 27th International Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies (Online). Title of contribution: The Minority SafePack Initiative and an EU-wide Basic Income: A combination to address minority issues? (panel #148).

14-16 April 2021: Minority Experiences and European Narratives: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives, Annual Minority Seminar - Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
Title of contribution: Identifying contemporary aims of minority communities at the European Union level through the lens of the Minority SafePack Initiative

24-26 March 2021: XVIII International Conference on Minority Languages
Titles of contributions: 1) The Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Minority Language Media in Europe: A comparative analysis. 2) Impact of the European Structural and Investment Funds in the traditional minority language speaking areas of Celtic nations.

26 November 2020: The 4th European Conference dedicated to minority and local media, Novi Sad.
Title of contribution: Minority media in Europe and the Covid-19 pandemic

19 November 2020: Annual Seminar of FUEN’s Working Group of Slavic Minorities
Keynote lecture: "The Minority SafePack Initiative and an EU-wide Basic Income: a combination for solving minority problems?"

9 September 2020: UACES Virtual Conference
Title of contribution: Universal Basic Income as a tool against minority marginalisation

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