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, natural heritage, everyday life, the cultural aspects of the human senses, food and culture, and sense of place. He has most recently completed a research project on the meanings of wildness, across both Canada and the world. His latest ethnography was published as Inhabited: Wildness and the Vitality of the Land, a book accompanied by an ward winning documentary film by the same title. Amongst his latest books are also Doing Public Ethnography the Routledge International Handbook of Ethnographic Film and Video.


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