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Dr Will Rollason

Dr Will Rollason
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

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Will received his PhD from the University of Manchester in 2008. His thesis was based on eighteen months of ethnographic fieldwork on the island of Panapompom in southeast Papua New Guinea (PNG) between 2004 and 2006. His fieldwork focussed on young men, following their involvement in a newly established football association, and their work diving for the edible sea cucumber that local people make into bêche-de-mer – a luxury food for export.

His thesis has been published under the title, We are Playing Football: Sport and Postcolonial Subjectivity on Panapompom Island, Papua New Guinea by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Will subsequently pursued ideas about the future in shaping social life. He recently edited a volume entitled Future Selves in the Pacific: projects, politics and interests published by Berghahn.

Since then, Will has developed a new research project in Rwanda, which considers the nature of power in relations to forms of personhood in the context of the motorcycle taxi business in Kigali. This is the subject of a number of his most recent papers, as well as a new monograph that he is developing


  • BA 1st Hons, University of London LSE (2002)
  • PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester (2008)

Newest selected publications

Rollason, W. (2018) 'Life at a tangent to law: regulations, ‘mistakes’ and personhood amongst Kigali’s motari'. Journal of Legal Anthropology, 2 (1). pp. 26 - 48. ISSN: 1758-9584 Open Access Link

Journal article

Rollason, W. (2018) 'The Mistakes That Make People: Reconceptualizing Power and Resistance in Rwanda'. Social Analysis, 62 (1). pp. 96 - 115. ISSN: 0155-977X Open Access Link

Journal article

Rollason, W. (2017) 'Youth, presence and agency: the case of Kigali’s motari'. Journal of Youth Studies, 20 (10). pp. 1277 - 1294. ISSN: 1367-6261 Open Access Link

Journal article

Rollason, W. (2017) '‘Buying a path’: rethinking resistance in Rwanda'. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 11 (1). pp. 46 - 63. ISSN: 1753-1055 Open Access Link

Journal article

Rollason, W. (2014) 'Pacific Futures Projects, Politics and Interests'. Berghahn Books. ISSN 10: 1782383514 ISSN 13: 9781782383512

More publications(6)