Roy Behnke was trained in Arabic studies and social anthropology at the Universities of Chicago and California.
He has worked on problems of extensive livestock production and rangeland management and tenure for over 30 years. He has served as a civil servant in three African governments, as a free-lance consultant to international donor agencies, and as a research scientist. In addition to short-term assignments, he has lived and worked for extended periods in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Libya, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana. He is currently co-editor of the journal Pastoralism – research policy and practice, co-director of a consulting firm specializing in pastoral development and natural resource management. For more information see http://www.odessacentre.co.uk/roy-behnke.html