Phillip Vannini


Communication & Culture

Phillip Vannini is an ethnographer, filmmaker and author who has conducted research on BC Ferries, off-grid living, small island cultures and communities, wildness and wilderness, everyday life, the cultural aspects of the human senses, food and culture, and sense of place. Currently he is researching the cultural dimensions of UNESCO World Heritage natural sites, across both Canada and the world. His latest ethnography was published as Off the Grid: Re-Assembling Domestic Life, the culmination of three years of research into the lives of people across Canada who live off the grid, a project that led to the production of the film Life off-grid. His latest book is Doing Public Ethnography, a practical, “how-to” reflection on the methodologies behind public ethnography.


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 fifteen books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters. He is editor of the world’s first hypermedia ethnography book series. In 2010, he was appointed Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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PhD in Sociology

Washington State University

Master of Arts in Communication

Washington State University

Bachelor of Arts

City University of Seattle


Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award nominee

Royal Roads University

Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award nominee

Royal Roads University