Mauritius – COI

Prof Rose Boswell


Rosabelle Boswell is an anthropologist, South African NRF Research Chair in Ocean Cultures and Heritage and a poet. She is author of several monographs on the southwest Indian Ocean Region, including: Le Malaise Creole: Ethnic Identity in Mauritius (Berghahn: Oxford). Prof Boswell has done field research in Mauritius since 1999. In 2010-11 she served as a Research Team leader for the Truth and Justice Commission investigating the legacies of slavery and racism in Mauritius. She has done field research in Madagascar, Zanzibar (Tanzania), Seychelles and South Africa for more than 20 years. Her latest outputs are a poetry book on climate change entitled: Between Worlds (2022) (RPCIG: Cameroon) and a co-edited book entitled: The Palgrave Handbook on Blue Heritage (2022).

Dr Laura Jeffery

School of Social and Political Science,
University of Edinburgh,
15a George Square,


Dr Laura Jeffery is a Social Anthropologist at the University of Edinburgh. She has carried out research in Mauritius since 2000, primarily with the Chagossian community, focusing on forced displacement and the politics of conservation and development.