Craig Willis

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Craig works full-time for the ECMI as a researcher, primarily focusing on minority language media across Europe as well as on the role of national minorities in regional development. This includes a focus on the socioeconomic aspects of linguistic minorities such as Celtic language speakers on the British Isles. In addition, a second research pole is centred around the policy of Universal Basic Income and how redistributive policies would affect national minorities. This is covered from an EU-wide perspective but also focuses on arguments of justice and empowerment.

Alongside his research, Craig’s organisational responsibilities at the ECMI concern the conferences “Minorities and Self-Determination - 100th Anniversary of the Post-World War I Plebiscites, and "Multi-platform and Connecting Communities: Contemporary Challenges for Minority Language Media". As of 2021, he is the Assistant Editor of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE). He previously co-organised the ECMI Spring School and ECMI Summer School and edited an expert interview series on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on minority language media.

A graduate of MA / MSc European Studies at Europa Universität Flensburg and the University of Southern Denmark, Craig is now enrolled as a PhD candidate at the Europa Universität Flensburg. His previous studies include a 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, Advance Articles, pp. 1-30. 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

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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