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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

Hirsch, E. and Rollason, W. (2021) 'Compliance: cultures and networks of submission'. Berghahn.

Scholarly Edition

Rollason, W. and Hirsch, E. (2021) 'Compliance: Politics, Sociability and the Constitution of Collective Life'. Journal of Legal Anthropology, 5 (1). pp. 1 - 31. ISSN: 1758-9576 Open Access Link

Journal article

Rollason, W. (2020) 'Crisis as resource: entrepreneurship and motorcycle taxi drivers in Kigali'. African Identities, 18 (3). pp. 263 - 278. ISSN: 1472-5843

Journal article

Rollason, W. (2019) 'Motorbike People Power and Politics on Rwandan Streets'. Lanham: Lexington Books. ISSN 10: 1498576826 ISSN 13: 9781498576826


Hirsch, E. and Rollason, W. (2019) 'The melanesian world'. London: Routledge. ISSN 10: 1138693715 ISSN 13: 9781138693715

More publications(22)