Enrico Ille has a doctoral degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Halle. After holding positions as Assistant Professor at the Martin-Luther University of Halle and Ahfad University for Women, Khartoum, he is currently an independent researcher as a member of the Law, Organization, Science and Technology (LOST) Research Group. He co-edited the volume Emerging Orders in the Sudans (with Sandra Calkins and Richard Rottenburg, Langaa 2014) and published a number of journal and book articles on the Nuba Mountains, discussing history, land issues and political economy, as well as development initiatives for agricultural production and water supply. He also edited an annotated bibliography of social research on the Nuba Mountains (Chr. Michelsen Institute, forthcoming). Recently, his research focus has shifted to the relation of state institutions, commercial companies and communities in gold mining and food supply chains throughout Sudan.