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Professor Colin Williams

Professor Colin Williams

Senior Research Associate

Honorary Professor, Cardiff University

Visiting Fellow, St Edmund's College


Colin Williams joined the VHI as Senior Research Associate in 2018. He is Honorary Professor, in the School of Welsh, Cardiff University, where he previously was a Research Professor in Sociolinguistic, and a Visiting Fellow of St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge. In April 2000 the National Assembly for Wales appointed him to be a member of the Welsh Language Board, a post he held until 2011. In May 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He is an Honorary Professor of Celtic Studies at the University of Aberdeen, and at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Research Interests

  • Minority Rights, Official Language Strategies and Policy, Multilingual Jurisdictions
  • Peace and Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Societies

Key Publications

  • (with Siv Sandberg and P. Ó Flatharta), From Act to Action: Implementing Language Legislation in Finland, Ireland and Wales, Fiontar, Dublin City University, 2014, p. 71.
  • Williams, C. 2013. Minority language promotion, protection and regulation: the mask of piety. Language and Globalization. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Williams, C. 2013. Linguistic minorities in democratic context (2nd ed.). Language and Globilisation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Christian Witness and Non-Violent Principles of Nationalism, in K. Gerner, R. Johannsson, K-G. Karlsson, K. Nystrom and K. Salomon (eds), Stat, Nation, Konflikt, Bra Bocker, Lund, 1996, pp. 343-394

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