Dr. Matteo Caravani is a political economist lecturing the agrarian question in modern history and the history of economic theory at the Makerere Institute for Social Research (MISR) in Uganda. He graduated from the faculty of Economics, University of Rome "La Sapienza" and he was awarded a PhD in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) University of Sussex, in Brighton. He worked as an international consultant for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) both in Palestine and Rome, for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Uganda (Karamoja region), for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and for the IDS in London. Overall, his research interests include social change, agrarian transformation and pastoralism in sub-Saharan Africa. At MISR he is a member of the Land research group.