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Phillip Vannini

Phillip Vannini




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Phillip Vannini is an accomplished ethnographer and author who studies subjects such as marine mobilities, off-grid energy assemblages and the social aspects of human embodiment. Vannini’s research interests broadly include material culture, technology and culture, sensory studies and cultural geographies. He maintains a website to share his ethnographic work and that of his students. In 2011, Vannini published Ferry Tales, a hypermedia book that explores mobility and sense of place and time on the British Columbia coast. In November 2014, he published Off the Grid: Re-Assembling Domestic Lifethe culmination of two years of research into the lives of people across Canada who live off the grid. He also collaborated on a documentary film based on his research, Life off-grid


Vannini joined Royal Roads University in 2005 and became professor in 2011. He primarily teaches courses on research methodology, fieldwork and cultural studies. He particularly enjoys supervising theses that make use of visual media and push the boundaries of ethnographic creativity. He has authored/edited nine books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters. He is editor of the world’s first hypermedia ethnography book series. Learn more about Vannini’s experience on his profile.


Vannini started his bachelor’s degree at the University of Florence and completed it at City University of Seattle. He earned his MA in communication and his PhD in Sociology from Washington State University. In 2007 and 2010, he was nominated for Royal Roads’ Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2010, he was appointed Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.