Phillip Vannini is an accomplished ethnographer and author who studies subjects such as marine mobilities, off-grid energy assemblages and the social aspects of human embodiment. Vannini’s research interests broadly include material culture, technology and culture, sensory studies and cultural geographies. He maintains a website ( to share his ethnographic work and that of his students. In 2011, Vannini published Ferry Tales (, a hypermedia book that explores mobility and sense of place and time and time on the British Columbia coast. He is currently studying life off the grid across Canada.

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