Vincent Battesti (1970-) was born in Le Havre, France. He has been travelling and working in North Africa and Middle East for over twenty years. He is a social anthropologist at the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), he has his office at the Musée de l'Homme, National Museum of Natural History in Paris (UMR Éco-anthropologie & ethnobiologie).
From 2015 to 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University (New York), and from 2012 to 2015 a visiting scholar at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University (NYU).
His main fields of research are Ecological Anthropology -- and he is a specialist of oasis ecosystems (currently working in the field of ethnoecology on the relationships to the environment in Siwa oasis, Egypt) --, as well as Urban Anthropology, currently working on urban public spaces in Cairo, Egypt -- especially soundscapes, for an anthropology of sounds.