Professor Rose Boswell is an anthropologist, poet,
and South African Research Chair of Ocean Cultures and Heritage



The work of the SARChI Research Chair in Ocean Cultures and Heritage, headed up by Professor Rose Boswell, resonates with the initiatives supported in the United Nations’ Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Initiatives will seek to contribute to the sustainability of the ocean and also in building partnerships with all stakeholders involved. The uniqueness in the Chair’s work is its focus on the influence of humans on ocean sustainability and oceans management, bringing an often-disregarded approach in oceans research.

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The primary goal of the research is to explore, investigate, identify, document, report on, debate and advance national and global knowledge of a diversity of ocean cultures and heritages in South Africa, Africa and selected regions of the world.

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Island Rose

Islands are magical places full of wisdom, weather and wild places.

Join me in poetry, ethnography and stories from the islands of the world.

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UKRI Project: One Ocean Hub

The One Ocean Hub is an independent programme for collaborative research for development, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

The Ocean Account Framework Project

Work Programme Project 5.1 explores how an analysis of heritage data aimed at understanding the historical benefits that communities of colour obtained or lost as a result of displacement from coastal areas can contribute to the OAF






Rosabelle Boswell, Francis Nyamnjoh



Rosabelle Boswell



Rosabelle Boswell