Will GUY  

Country of residence

United Kingdom

Brief introduction

Research Fellow, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol


PhD in Sociology, University of Bristol, 1977

Academic profile

My main research focus has been on issues of governance, migration and discrimination, as well as of employment, education, housing, and health. My 1977 PhD examined the Communist regime’s attempt to assimilate the Roma minority in Czechoslovakia. In 2001 I edited a volume on the situation of Roma in East-Central Europe and the Balkans and in 2004 co-edited a study of post-1989 Roma migration from these regions for the Czech Academy of Sciences. As well as academic research I have carried out Roma-related investigations for various international NGOs, including Minority Rights Group International and the Open Society Foundation but mainly for the European Commission to evaluate EU-funded Roma programmes of candidate countries including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Croatia. I was also co-author of the 2004 Review of the European Union PHARE Assistance to Roma Minorities. More recently I worked as Thematic Expert on European Commission Peer Reviews of Roma programmes in Spain (2006) and Greece (2009) and was lead author of a 2010 comparative review of good practice in 18 EU Member States. I am a member of the International Advisory Board of the journal Ethnicities (UK) and of the Editorial Board of Česk‎‎ý Lid (Czech Republic).


  • ‘Ways of looking at Roma: the case of Czechoslovakia’, (1975 & 1998).
  • Between Past and Future: The Roma of Central and Eastern Europe (2001)
  • ‘EU initiatives on Roma: Limitations and ways forward’ (2010)


Governance, migration, employment, education, housing


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