Vincent Battesti (1970-) was born in Le Havre, France. He has been travelling and working in North Africa and Middle East for over twenty-five 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 7206 Éco-anthropologie), and co-leads the Ethnoecology research team.
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 in Ecological Anthropology -- and he is a specialist of oasis agroecosystems (ethnoecology on the relationships to the environment in Siwa oasis, Egypt, and in al-‘Ulā oasis, Saudi Arabia), but also in Castagniccia's agroecosystem (Corsica, France)—, as well as in Urban Anthropology, public spaces in Cairo, Egypt —, and in an Anthropology of Sensorial Perceptions (especially sonic environments).