Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds
Trained in social anthropology at Oxford, Roger’s research on the Arctic focuses on several areas: the growth and development of Russian and Norwegian tourism on Svalbard; the architecture and construction of road projects on the Norwegian mainland; and the cultural politics of the travel journalism industry. He has a particular interest in the relationships between mobility, labour and lifestyle, and the experiences and imaginations these produce. His doctoral research, which focused on temporality and sociality among transient communities in Nepal, has now expanded into the European Arctic – a region long imagined and experienced as liminal and in-between, and one in part populated by various groups of transient labourers. Prior to his doctoral studies, Roger worked as a translator, magazine editor and writer, and has authored and contributed to numerous travel guidebooks, including titles to Norway, Finland, Denmark and Svalbard.
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