Mairi's PhD, undertaken in Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh, explored the aesthetics, poetics and transformative power of the traditional ballad and won the 2012 Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff Prize for ethnology and folklore. Outwith academia, Mairi has worked with various organisations, including Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) and ethnological community enterprise Local Voices.
Mairi McFadyen & Máiréad Nic Craith (2019), 'Performing Scots-European heritage, "For A’ That!"', in Ullrich Kockel, Cristina Clopot, Baiba Tjarve & Máiréad Nic Craith (eds), Heritage and Festivals in Europe: Performing Identities (London: Routledge), pp. 141-55.
Ullrich Kockel & Mairi McFadyen (2019), 'On the carrying stream into the European mountain Roots and routes of creative (Scottish) ethnology', ANUAC 8(2): 189-211.