• EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

1984 …2020

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Personal profile


My academic career began with a lectureship at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies, funded as a result of the Irish Government’s commitment to the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Subsequently, I was Director of the Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages at the University of Ulster, set up in the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement to undertake cross-community research, teaching and outreach activities. In 2012, I was appointed to a Chair in Cultural Heritage and Anthropological Studies at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. I have also held a number of interim positions internationally. In 2010, I held a research fellow at the National University of Ireland in Dublin. I was subsequently appointed to a DAAD guest professorship at the University of Göttingen. I have held honorary professorships at the University of Exeter and the Ulster University. More recently I was a visiting research fellow at Harvard University. I have received many accolades for my publications, including the Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff research prize for folklife (joint winner).  I was awarded a Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship at the University of Ulster. In 2009 I was elected to the Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic honour in Ireland. I have served on numerous research evaluation panels in Australia, Canada and Europe.

Research interests

I am deeply committed to enhancing awareness of the potential of heritage to make a positive contribution to society (see my TEDx talk on Intangible Heritage 2015). While at the University of Ulster, I collaborated with government and charitable organisations, such as the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages, Derry City Council, Diversity 21, the Ulster American Folk Park, and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Collaborative projects included a commissioned report for Fermanagh District Council on cultural and linguistic policy. I led a report on African migration in Northern Ireland commissioned by the Community Relations Council, and organised a symposium on peace agreements and (mis)communication (in honour of the Nobel laureate John Hume). In 2007, I was invited by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, to prepare a brief relating to culture and language issues in Northern Ireland. Since my arrival to Heriot-Watt University in 2012, I have developed links with national organisations such as the National Library of Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland, and international organisations such as POLIN (Museum of the History of Polish Jews). I have collaborated with organisations such as the UN in Geneva, the Scottish-Polish Heritage Project in Edinburgh and the Community Relations From 2016- 2019, I was involved in a HORIZON 2020 European-wide collaborative research project on cultural heritage and social identity and cohesion.


  • GN Anthropology
  • GR Folklore
  • GT Manners and customs

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Research Output

Review essay: An ethnography of pastness identity playgrounds and battlefields in Post-Post-Soviet Estonia

Ferreira, M. F., Craith, M. N., Slavková, M., Mülli, L. M., Vaczi, M., Lems, A. & Karataş, I., 1 Mar 2020, In : Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. 29, 1, p. 101-117 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access

The Vanishing World Of The Islandman: Narrative and Nostalgia

Nic Craith, M., Jan 2020, 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 187 p. (Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Heritages, Identities and Europe: Exploring Cultural Forms and Expressions

Kockel, U., Nic Craith, M., Clopot, C. & Tjarve, B., 2019, Heritage and Festivals in Europe: Performing Identities. Kockel, U., Clopot, C., Tjarve, B. & Nic Craith, M. (eds.). 1st ed. Routledge, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access
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    Intersection of Poetry and Science – Energy Futures

    Corbett, P. W. M., Aylett, R. & Nic Craith, M., 7 Aug 2019, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

    27 Downloads (Pure)

    Linguistic Recognition in Deeply Divided Societies: Antagonism or Reconciliation?

    McDermott, P. & Nic Craith, M., 2019, The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities. Hogan-Brun, G. & O'Rourke, B. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 159-179 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


    Annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) 2017

    Florian Scheuring (Invited speaker), Stavros Karamperidis (Invited speaker) & Máiréad Nic Craith (Invited speaker)

    27 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Intangible cultural heritage and how to practically safeguard it

    Ullrich Kockel (Speaker) & Máiréad Nic Craith (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Scottish Government (External organisation)

    Aude Le Guennec (Member), Nic Beech (Chair) & Máiréad Nic Craith (Member)

    1 Nov 2017

    Activity: MembershipMembership of Policy Group

    The TAO of Heritage

    Ullrich Kockel (Speaker) & Máiréad Nic Craith (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    IHBC Summer School (The Institute of Historic Building Conservation)

    Máiréad Nic Craith (Speaker)

    5 Jun 20147 Jun 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference