Prof Mairead NicCraith

Institute for Northern Studies

Grainshore Road

Scott’s House


KW15 1FL


Twitter: @mairead_nc
tel: 07385 433472
mob: 07385 433472

Available to talk to the media about

  • Intangible cultural heritage
  • Folklore
  • Cultural and linguistic policy 

In these languages



Mairéad Nic Craith is Professor of Public Folklore. Her academic career began with a lectureship at the Institute of Irish Studies (University of Liverpool) sponsored by the Irish Government. Since then she has held Chairs in Sociology at Ulster University and in Anthropological Studies at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Mairéad held a DAAD Professorship at the University of Göttingen as well as Honorary Professorships in Social Sciences at Exeter University and Ulster University. In 2018, Mairéad was a visiting scholar at the Celtic Studies Department in Harvard University. She has worked with international bodies such as the UN, (and UNESCO), and the European Centre for Minority Issues. Mairéad has extensive experience of peer-reviewing research in Australia, Canada, Europe and the US. She has international experience in research assessment exercises and was involved in the last three research assessment exercises in the UK.

Current research

Culture and sustainability
Heritage policy
Islands and edge places
Language and power

Selected publications

"Philip McDermott and Mairéad Nic Craith “When language rights are not enough: Dialogue for reconciliation in post-conflict settings”, Language Problems and Language Planning 46:2 (2022), pp. 192–212. ISSN 0272-2690 | E‑ISSN 1569-9889

Mairéad Nic Craith. and Philip McDermott (2022). “Dialogues and Peace Agreements: Language and Identities in a Divided Society,” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (2022). (Online First

Mairead Nic Craith: Narrative and Nostalgia: The Vanishing World of the Islandman. Palgrave 2020, 187p."