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Dr Will Rollason

Dr Will Rollason
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

Marie Jahoda 135

Research area(s)

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Development and the post-colony
  • The future

Research Interests

I have undertaken ethnographic research in both Papua New Guinea and Rwanda, focussing on youth: football and marine resource harvesting in PNG; motorcycle taxi drivers and youth migration in Rwanda. These sites and projects are connected by one question: how anthropologists retain their commitment to ethnographic knowledge imprisoning our collaborators in the socio-cultural matrices that make them comprehensible? This overarching project has led me to pursue innovative interpretive strategies, inspired by the young people I have worked with, questioning the role of culture in anthropological analyses and proposing aspirations and projects for the future as an alternative framework for understanding. 

Research grants and projects

Research Projects

Project details

Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund Urban development, youth and the future in Kigali, Rwanda£15,000 2011 - 2012 Will Rollason (PI)

The Future: a Methodological Challenge for Anthropology2008 - 2012 Will Rollason (PI)


ESRC Football, Race and the Postcolony in Papua New GuineaFees plus maintenance 2004 - 2008 Will Rollason (PI)